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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

FREE Speech, Language, Voice and Hearing Screenings

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. 8%–9% of children suffer from speech disorders, but many parents wait too long to seek treatment. During the month of May, Portneuf Physical Medicine Speech Pathology Department will be offering FREE speech, language, voice and hearing screenings for children and adults.

These screenings are available for the entire community at the Physical Medicine Clinic on Benton Street.

To schedule a screening, please contact Portneuf Physical Medicine at 239-1490.

National Nurses Week 2015

There are over 3.1 million registered nurses working to make a difference in the lives of their patients and coworkers every day. Each year, America honors their hard work and dedication with a national week-long celebration.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This week, and throughout the year, PMC is proud to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest quality health care.

While we sometimes focus attention on the doctor’s role, it is nurses who are there for patients, providing continuity of care 24/7, responding to patients' needs, talking to patients' families, explaining follow-up care, and often helping patients navigate the complex and sometimes confusing healthcare system. In the 2014 Gallup poll of U.S. professions, nurses were rated America's most honest and ethical profession for the 13th year in a row.

It’s impossible to over-emphasize the key role nurses play in our everyday operations. From bedside nursing in long-term care facilities to research institutions and state & federal legislature, the nursing profession is meeting expanding healthcare needs and shaping the future of our healthcare system.

In honor of National Nurses Week, we thank the entire nursing staff at Portneuf Medical Center. Your dedication to patients, their families, our colleagues and our communities is sincerely appreciated.

Wrong-way wreck

Two injured in head-on collision

BY JOURNAL STAFF Idaho State Journal article

Two people were transported to the Portneuf Medical Center following a head-on collision on Interstate 15 near the Virginia exit, south of Arimo on Tuesday.

Idaho State police said Arimo resident Calvin Monson, 84, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of I-15 around noon. His vehicle struck a 2013 Chevrolet Volt, driven by Owen Larsen, 56, of Kaysville, Utah.

Two injured in head-on collisionPhoto: Idaho State Journal April 29, 2015

Monson was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following the crash, but hospital officials said he was treated and released.

Larsen was also transported to the hospital by ground ambulance. He was still at PMC on Tuesday night, but hospital officials said he was listed in good condition.

A dog was also riding in Monson’s vehicle, but the animal did not appear to have been injured in the incident.

Both Monson and Larsen were wearing their seat belts when the crash occurred, police said. Following the collision, the vehicles both landed in the median, roughly 150 yards apart. Airbags were deployed and emergency responders had to remove the driver’s side doors on both vehicles. Police are still investigating the incident. The crash shut down the left side of the northbound lanes of travel for about three hours on Tuesday, while the air ambulance landed and crews worked to clear the scene, police said.

At one point, traffic was backed up for roughly a couple of miles. Multiple ground ambulances responded to the scene, as did Bannock County Search and Rescue.