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Attention: New AHA Precourse Process!


We are excited to announce that we are implementing a new process to help our employees prepare for American Heart Association classes.  Starting this month, when you register for any BLS, ACLS, or PALS class, you will be sent an email with the class date and time, and a notification that you have been assigned a course in HealthStream with all the precourse information associated with that class.  You will be required to complete the course in HealthStream prior to your scheduled class, or you won’t be able to attend.  

The precourse information in HealthStream will include sample agendas for initial and renewal classes, a welcome letter with basic course information, information about eCards, and a short quiz to help you prepare for class.  In addition, the ACLS class has supplementary study materials attached.  Once you are assigned the course, this information will always be available to you in HealthStream.


You should be receiving auto generated reminder emails from HealthStream prior to your class.


Please contact Education if you have any questions or concerns regarding this new process.

News From Infection Control

Situation Update: 2019-20 Influenza VS 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)


2019 Novel Coronavirus **


Total Cases



  • Hubei, China 31,728
  • Other areas in China 10,980
  • Rest of the World – 395
    • United States - 12

22 million

Total Deaths



  • China – 1017
  • Philippines - 1


*CDC estimates so far this 2019-20 Influenza season in the US

**WHO confirmed 2019-nCoV cases & deaths as of 2/10/2020


As you can see from the graphic above, you are at a much greater risk of getting seriously ill from the influenza virus than the novel coronavirus.  Please make sure you and your loved ones are vaccinated.  It is not too late to get a flu shot!

Difference between Common and Novel Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are several coronaviruses that can infect people, and they fall into two different groups, common coronaviruses and other coronaviruses.

Common Coronaviruses

People around the world commonly get infected with human coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. These viruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives, and they usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease or weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

Other Coronaviruses

Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are:

  • SARS-CoV is the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.  SARS was first recognized in China in November 2002 and caused a worldwide outbreak in 2002-2003 with 8,098 probable cases including 774 deaths. SARS symptoms often included fever, chills, and body aches which usually progressed to pneumonia. No human cases of SARS have been reported anywhere in the world since 2004.


  • MERS-CoV is the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.  MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It has since caused illness in people from dozens of other countries. MERS cases continue to occur, and all cases to date have been linked to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. MERS symptoms usually include fever, cough, and shortness of breath which often progress to pneumonia. About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died.


  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is the most recent coronavirus identified.  On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization reported that a novel coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities. The virus is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.













News From Payroll

Payroll has a new general email

New fax number for payroll is 208.542.4253


All employees should check their last paystub to ensure all their benefits that they have signed up for are being deducted accordingly.


Employees, if you miss a punch please leave the missed punch as a missed punch and Use the Add Punch Change Request from your timecard.
• Enter the correct date, Punch Details – In Day, Out Lunch, etc., Add the time, and reason 
•. Click Add Request
• DO NOT clock in and out (double punch) at the end of your shift 

Worked hours and On Call hours cannot be greater than 24 hours. On call hours would need to be adjusted for a total to equal 24 hours.

Timecard approval and requests can be done from any device that is supports the internet.

Managers, please DO NOT Mass Approve timecards - missed punches, double punches, and worked / on-call hours more than 24 hours for a day need to be addressed. The only exception to more than 24 hours a day would be Cash Outs for PTO