Thank goodness for Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the Idaho Falls area. Without EIRMC, Idaho Falls area residents would need to drive three hours to Salt Lake City or four hours to Boise for their critical medical needs.
Today, Eastern Idaho Regional cares for patients who live within a 250-square-mile region of Idaho Falls, which includes portions of Wyoming and Montana. The 330-bed hospital has 1,400 employees and is the second-largest employer in Idaho Falls.
“I’m a transplant from Phoenix and even though EIRMC is considered a smaller hometown facility, this hospital provides top-notch clinical care and capabilities that you would find in the best metropolitan medical centers in America,” says Coleen Niemann, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center director of marketing and community relations. “We take care of our neighbors and are vital to the region.”
ER, Helicopters and Hearts
The hospital offers dozens of primary services and features the only emergency room in Idaho Falls. Their Level II trauma center along with two helicopters and an airplane are all part of the EIRMC emergency team.
“We partner with Air Idaho Rescue for transport services. One helicopter is based in Driggs, Idaho, about an hour from our hospital, and the other is seasonally based in Yellowstone National Park, which sees more than 1 million tourists a year,” Niemann says. “The airplane is stationed at Idaho Falls Regional Airport and used in inclement weather when helicopters can’t fly, like at times during the winter.”
Besides the trauma service capabilities, EIRMC also has an excellent cardiology program and is a Chest Pain Accredited facility.
“Our surgeons perform a full scope of heart surgeries that include several minimally invasive procedures with incisions the size of a bandaid,” Niemann says. “Those procedures significantly reduce recovery time because the small incision heals so much quicker. Patients often return to their normal life within a week instead of months.”
Women and Children First
EIRMC also features a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that can provide care for babies as young as 22 weeks who weigh less than a pound.
“Nurses often fly on our helicopter or plane to bring back a mom and a baby in need of NICU care,” Niemann says. “Meanwhile, our hospital delivers about 1,400 babies a year, and our women’s center is equipped with private rooms that include accommodations for family members to stay.”
Another aspect of EIRMC is a pediatric intensive care unit that helps children under the age of 18, with available services such as speech, occupational and physical therapy along with inpatient behavioral health care.
In addition, EIRMC partners with the American Cancer Society to offer a full breadth of cancer care options, including an offsite center for patients to receive radiation treatments.
“One exceptional piece of equipment is called TrueBeam, a linear accelerator that dispenses precise radiation doses to a tumor site and is considered the gold standard for cancer treatment,” Niemann says. “TrueBeam is fast and helps preserve healthy tissue around the tumor. It is just one of the many advanced treatments that make Eastern Idaho Regional such a great choice for patients and the employees who work here.”