If there is one word that adequately sums up the value of Portneuf Medical Center to Pocatello and the surrounding region of southeast Idaho, it would probably be “community.”
The hospital has been providing the community with quality health care since it was founded in 1907, and today offers a wide range of services, including cancer treatments, emergency services, family medicine, surgery, heart and vascular care, and internal medicine.
But its service to the community goes beyond the care it provides for its patients. PMC gives back to residents of the region in many ways.
Its impact on the local economy is impressive. PMC generates some $85 million each year in salaries and benefits, and has invested more than $9 million in the latest software, hardware and capital equipment to ensure the highest quality of care.
PMC has an ongoing commitment to provide grants and sponsorships to various organizations throughout the community, and donates more than $2 million toward charities and approximately $250,000 each year to local organizations. The facility also hosts annual health fairs and provides health screenings for breast cancer, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart-risk and sports injury.
At its core, PMC's mission is to provide the utmost service and treatments to ensure the health and wellness of the community. To that end, the facility continues to be nationally recognized and awarded for its services, staff and quality of care.
It recently received accreditation for its Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, ranking it among the top 15 percent of such facilities in the United States. The accreditation was given by the Hyperbaric Medical Society, the most recognized accreditation organization in the hyperbaric medical field.
In addition, PMC maintains an ongoing commitment to innovations and new services, such as the introduction of a simple but effective program known as the Teddy Bear Clinic. This program allows children to bring their stuffed animal to a clinic for medical care, the idea being that a child’s trip to the hospital may not be as overwhelming if a furry friend can handle a visit.