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Feature Article

Gritman Medical Center and the Gritman Foundation are grateful to Mrs. Beatriz and Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III for their financial support toward expansion of clinical spaces at the hospital’s downtown campus.

Gritman Foundation: A Generous Gift for the Future of Exceptional Care

Beatriz and Ed Schweitzer plant the seeds of philanthropy with Gritman Foundation leadership donation Mrs. Beatriz and Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III are known for opening their hearts and nurturing friends, family, neighbors and the many communities in our region. Gritman Medical Center is grateful to be the recipient of such generosity, most recently with a groundbreaking leadership gift of $750,000 from the Schweitzers to help a major transformation of ...
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The VELYS robotic-assisted solution for knee replacement surgery provides precise personalization, simplifies the procedure, speeds up post-operation recovery and has been shown to reduce the overall cost of care. The device is being used by the surgery care teams at both Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons and Inland Orthopaedic Surgery during procedures in our operating room.

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Combines Advanced Technology with Experienced Teams

VELYS robotic-assisted surgery solution optimizes patient outcomes The VELYS robotic-assisted solution is the latest addition to the suite of advanced ...

Gritman Foundation: A Generous Gift for the Future of Exceptional Care

Beatriz and Ed Schweitzer plant the seeds of philanthropy with Gritman Foundation leadership donation Mrs. Beatriz and Dr. Edmund O ...

The Power of a Restful Night’s Sleep

Gritman Sleep Center Helps Patients Solve Overnight Distress Potential for sleep apnea is one of many reasons patients seek out ...
Moscow’s Jay Weisenstein is grateful to the many comprehensive care teams at Gritman Medical Center who have helped him recover in the year since a double lung transplant. 

Lung Transplant Recipient Grateful for Gritman’s Comprehensive Continuing Care

Integrated Care Helping Moscow’s Jay Weisenstein Recover from a Complicated Surgery Jay Weisenstein is grateful to be home again in ...

Cancer Care: Volunteer Provides Healing Through Art

Moscow’s Julene Ewert Offers Free Art Classes to Gritman Patients Going Through Cancer Care Treatment Painting played a healing role ...

Stress Management: Options for Stress and Anxiety

A fine line exists between anxiety and stress. Who’s not worried about something these days? Worry comes from both stress ...
Primary care provider Sarah Aurich treats patients at Gritman’s Kendrick Family Medicine clinic.

Primary Care: Compassionate Treatment for the Entire Family

Kendrick Family Medicine Provider Sarah Aurich Eager to Serve the Region’s Communities The ability to care for entire families and ...

Primary Care: Healing Begins Close to Home

The Next Generation of Primary Care Providers Emphasize Their Dedication to Exceptional Patient Care One thing’s for sure, the providers ...

Nursing Leader Amplifies Focus on Exceptional Patient Experience

Candice Allen Joins Gritman as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Candice Allen is enthusiastic about providing exceptional patient care. Our new ...
Health Education: Education Coordinator Arika Jensen and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Candice Allen are part of the team that educates clinical teams at Gritman.

The Region’s Health Education Leader

Gritman's Health Education Programs Develop Areas CNAs, Registered Nurses, Clinical Staff Expanding the pool of clinical staff at Gritman Medical ...

Training Rotations Help Grow Our Own

Nurse Residency Program Embeds Recent Graduates with Experienced Clinical Staff Even the most subtle signs can help nurses treat breathing ...

Courtyard Cafe: Food for the Soul

Gritman Dining Recipes Add Flavor to Exceptional Care Gritman Dining Director Todd Unger is the master chef behind some of ...
COVID-19 Testing Update

Gritman Transitioning COVID-19 Testing Operation into Clinic System

Gritman Medical Center is transitioning coronavirus testing into our hospital and clinic system in a move that ends operations at ...

COVID-19 Update: What We Know About Omicron

Learn More About the Recently Discovered COVID-19 Omicron Variant with Dr. John Brown What do we need to know about ...

UPDATE: Nov. 6 Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Full

UPDATE: Appointments for our Nov. 6 pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic have filled. Additional vaccine resources are available at vaccines.gov. Online ...

COVID-19 Testing and Hospitalization Updates

We have suspended our COVID-19 reports at this time and will restart reporting as conditions require. Our COVID-19 data is regularly reported to Public Health Idaho – North Central District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and both sites update their dashboards on a daily basis.

We are providing our bi-weekly update on COVID-19 test samples collected, average positivity rates and positive inpatient hospital admissions.

Our reporting is now bi-weekly. Gritman’s next COVID-19 testing and hospitalization data will be released Jan. 20.

Additional information breaking down COVID-19 cases by age and other demographics is updated daily by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Public Health Idaho–North Central District.

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Reporting (Data reported as of 11:59 p.m. 1/5/22)

7-day positivity rate(1): 19.10% (51 positives/267 total tests)
14-day positivity rate(1): 13.44% (66 positives/491 total tests)
New patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care in the past two weeks who tested positive for COVID-19 (2): 8
Total cumulative count of patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic(3): 177
Cumulative COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since the beginning of the pandemic(4): 41
COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since June 1(4): 30

 


 

Total COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Admissions Since June 1, 2021(5)

(The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.)

Unvaccinated 99 (82.50%)
Vaccinated 20 (16.67%)
Unable to Determine(6) 1 (0.83%)
TOTAL: 120 (100%)

(1) This number reflects the positivity rate for COVID-19 test samples (polymerase chain reaction – PCR) resulted by Gritman Medical Center for the time period listed.
(2) Inpatient admissions data is calculated since issue of the previous report. Due to patient privacy considerations, we are not releasing daily hospital admission and discharge information at this time. As a small hospital in a rural area, publicly reporting daily admission and discharge information for a specific condition presents privacy challenges.
(3) This number reflects the total cumulative count of all patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are reported in a manner consistent with how they are reported to the regional and national public health authorities.
(4) As reported by public health authorities.
(5) The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.
(6) It is not always possible to determine the vaccination status of a patient.

Follow our updates at gritman.org/coronavirus and gritman.org/newsroom.

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We are providing our bi-weekly update on COVID-19 test samples collected, average positivity rates and positive inpatient hospital admissions.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Gritman Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Brown breaks down what we know and don’t know about the Omicron variant, and how it might impact COVID-19 treatment in our community, at gritman.org/newsroom.

Our reporting is now bi-weekly. Gritman’s next COVID-19 testing and hospitalization data will be released Jan. 6.

Additional information breaking down COVID-19 cases by age and other demographics is updated daily by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Public Health Idaho–North Central District.

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Reporting (Data reported as of 11:59 p.m. 12/22/21)

7-day positivity rate(1): 5.17% (12 positives/232 total tests)
14-day positivity rate(1): 6.68% (31 positives/464 total tests)
New patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care in the past two weeks who tested positive for COVID-19 (2): 5
Total cumulative count of patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic(3): 169
Cumulative COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since the beginning of the pandemic(4): 41
COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since June 1(4): 30

 


 

Total COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Admissions Since June 1, 2021(5)

(The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.)

Unvaccinated 91 (81.25%)
Vaccinated 20 (17.86%)
Unable to Determine(6) 1 (0.89%)
TOTAL: 112 (100%)

(1) This number reflects the positivity rate for COVID-19 test samples (polymerase chain reaction – PCR) resulted by Gritman Medical Center for the time period listed.
(2) Inpatient admissions data is calculated since issue of the previous report. Due to patient privacy considerations, we are not releasing daily hospital admission and discharge information at this time. As a small hospital in a rural area, publicly reporting daily admission and discharge information for a specific condition presents privacy challenges.
(3) This number reflects the total cumulative count of all patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are reported in a manner consistent with how they are reported to the regional and national public health authorities.
(4) As reported by public health authorities.
(5) The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.
(6) It is not always possible to determine the vaccination status of a patient.

Follow our updates at gritman.org/coronavirus and gritman.org/newsroom.

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We are providing our weekly update on COVID-19 test samples collected, average positivity rates and positive inpatient hospital admissions.

Our reporting will become bi-weekly after today’s release. Gritman’s COVID-19 data will next be released Dec. 23 and every two weeks thereafter.

Additional information breaking down COVID-19 cases by age and other demographics is updated daily by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Public Health Idaho–North Central District.

COVID-19 Weekly Reporting (Data reported as of 11:59 p.m. 12/8/21)

7-day positivity rate(1): 8.06% (20 positives/248 total tests)
14-day positivity rate(1): 7.76% (34 positives/438 total tests)
New patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care in the past week who tested positive for COVID-19 (2): 2
Total cumulative count of patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic(3): 164
Cumulative COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since the beginning of the pandemic(4): 40
COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since June 1(4): 29

 


 

Total COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Admissions Since June 1, 2021(5)

(The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.)

Unvaccinated 86 (80.37%)
Vaccinated 20 (18.69%)
Unable to Determine(6) 1 (0.93%)
TOTAL: 107 (100%)

(1) This number reflects the positivity rate for COVID-19 test samples (polymerase chain reaction – PCR) resulted by Gritman Medical Center for the time period listed.
(2) Inpatient admissions data is calculated since issue of the previous report. Due to patient privacy considerations, we are not releasing daily hospital admission and discharge information at this time. As a small hospital in a rural area, publicly reporting daily admission and discharge information for a specific condition presents privacy challenges.
(3) This number reflects the total cumulative count of all patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are reported in a manner consistent with how they are reported to the regional and national public health authorities.
(4) As reported by public health authorities.
(5) The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.
(6) It is not always possible to determine the vaccination status of a patient.

Follow our updates at gritman.org/coronavirus and gritman.org/newsroom.

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We are providing our weekly update on COVID-19 test samples collected, average positivity rates and positive inpatient hospital admissions.

This week’s report covers an eight-day period because of reporting over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Additional information breaking down COVID-19 cases by age and other demographics is updated daily by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Public Health Idaho–North Central District.

COVID-19 Weekly Reporting (Data reported as of 11:59 p.m. 12/1/21)

8-day positivity rate(1): 7.34% (16 positives/218 total tests)
15-day positivity rate(1): 7.14% (31 positives/434 total tests)
New patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care in the past week who tested positive for COVID-19 (2): 4
Total cumulative count of patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic(3): 162
Cumulative COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since the beginning of the pandemic(4): 40
COVID-19-related deaths in Latah County since June 1(4): 29

 


 

Total COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Admissions Since June 1, 2021(5)

(The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.)

Unvaccinated 83 (79.05%)
Vaccinated 20 (19.05%)
Unable to Determine(6) 2 (1.90%)
TOTAL: 105 (100%)

(1) This number reflects the positivity rate for COVID-19 test samples (polymerase chain reaction – PCR) resulted by Gritman Medical Center for the time period listed.
(2) Inpatient admissions data is calculated since issue of the previous week’s report. Due to patient privacy considerations, we are not releasing daily hospital admission and discharge information at this time. As a small hospital in a rural area, publicly reporting daily admission and discharge information for a specific condition presents privacy challenges.
(3) This number reflects the total cumulative count of all patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are reported in a manner consistent with how they are reported to the regional and national public health authorities.
(4) As reported by public health authorities.
(5) The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.
(6) It is not always possible to determine the vaccination status of a patient.

Follow our updates at gritman.org/coronavirus and gritman.org/newsroom.

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