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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”


1956 Kootenai Hospital District is created when the medical needs of the local population outgrow the capacity of Lake City General and Coeur d’Alene General Hospitals. With support from local businesses, construction of the facility starts at Seventh and Hazel using


the dismantled barracks of Farragut Naval Training Station.

1965 (The legacy begins with you.) It’s been about community since the beginning. The Kootenai Hospital

Voters pass a $1.6 million general obligation bond and construction begins on Kootenai Memorial Hospital at the intersection of Highway 95 and Ironwood Drive.

District was created in 1956 by and for the people of northern Idaho. In a perfect illustration of innovative thinking and resourcefulness, the facility


built at Seventh and Hazel was constructed with reclaimed materials from

Kootenai Memorial Hospital opens its doors on

dismantled barracks of the Farragut Naval Training Station.

November 1 replacing Lake City General and Coeur d’Alene General Hospitals.

That sense of independence and community spirit permeates the next 60 years of growth, both for the community and for Kootenai Health.

1967 The Kootenai Memorial Auxiliary is founded. To this day, it remains a strong supporter of the hospital.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – MOTHER TERESA

1970 – 1978 Building projects in 1970, 1972, and 1978 doubled the hospital’s bed capacity from 92 to 181.

1982 Groundbreaking takes place on the three-story, 154,000-square-foot addition to Kootenai Memorial Hospital that some call “Big Blue.”

1983 Kootenai Memorial Hospital Foundation is established.


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Grand opening of the $21 million addition and announcement of the hospital’s new name, Kootenai Medical Center. The square footage increases from 80,000 to 234,000 for a total of 246 beds.



The North Idaho Cancer Center (now Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services) and the Interlake Medical Office Building complex open.

1989 Walden House, built by the Kootenai Medical Center Foundation, opens offering a nine-bedroom “home away from home” for patients and their families while receiving care.

1991 North Idaho MRI (now Kootenai Health Imaging Services) opens.

1994 North Idaho Imaging Center (now Kootenai Outpatient Imaging) opens, operating as a joint venture of Kootenai Medical Center and area physicians.

Y E A RS – L OOK ING FORWA RD 1997 Post Falls Health Park opens in March.

1998 Kootenai Medical Center acquires Pinecrest Hospital (now Kootenai Health Behavioral Health Services). Today, it offers adult inpatient and outpatient care, chemical dependency treatment and acute programs for youth.


2000 Kootenai Outpatient Surgery opens, operating as a joint venture of Kootenai Medical Center and area physicians.

2001 The McGrane Center for Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Care, housing the Terrill Aquatic Center and the Henry Heyn Adult Day Center opens, becoming the heart of Kootenai Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services.

2003 North Idaho Heart Center (now Kootenai Health Heart Services) opens to provide comprehensive cardiac services.

2006 Cancer services expand throughout the region with new locations at the Post Falls Health Park and in Sandpoint at Bonner General Hospital. Designated as a Magnet facility for nursing excellence, a designation still held today.

2007 The Kootenai Health name is first introduced to encompass all of the organization’s service lines.

2008 Kootenai begins offering robotic surgery.

2009 A new free-standing cancer center opens in Post Falls.

2010 Partners with North Idaho Family Physicians to launch Kootenai Urgent Care. Joe Morris retires, Jon Ness appointed CEO.


2011 Named the No. 1 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare magazine. Installation of a state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner. Kootenai Surgery Associates joins Kootenai Health. Total Joint Replacement Program begins.

2012 You’ll notice a common thread throughout our history: our commitment to community, coupled with an unwavering vision that builds our future instead of waiting for it to happen to us. It’s who we are. And we strive to honor that legacy in every decision we make. What we do, how we interact, and the very essence of who we are naturally flow from our mission:

“We improve health one patient at a time in a friendly and professional culture committed to superior quality and safety.” Inherent in this statement are the values that tie us to the communities we serve. Because we want the absolute best patient experience, we value superior quality and safety. Because our patients are an integral part of all decisions and plans, we value patient focus. Because our workforce represents our vitality, we value a healthy culture. Because we strive to use all of our resources wisely, we value stewardship. Because we continue to be forward thinking, we value visionary leadership. Our mission and our values combine to give us a clear vision for our future:

By 2020, Kootenai Health will be a comprehensive regional medical center delivering superior, patient-focused care and will be recognized among the premier health care organizations in the United States.

Kootenai Cancer Center receives the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Heart Clinics Northwest joins Kootenai Health. Expands neonatal services with a special care nursery.

2013 Kootenai Health named among the “Top 100” hospitals in the nation for community value for the eighth year running. Electrophysiology lab opens to assist heart rhythm patients. Announces new branding and the name Kootenai Clinic for its employed physician practices. Kootenai Clinic expands to include more than 80 physicians across 13 different specialties.

2014 American College of Surgeons Level III Trauma Center verification. First class of medical school residents begin the Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency. Kootenai Health breaks ground on a 100,000 sq. ft. addition to the hospital. Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network, the first member in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.


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IMAGINE MEETING THE NEED. (The story begins with you.) The growth of Kootenai Health is indelibly tied to the growth of northern Idaho. And that’s where the story begins – because the health and vitality of our communities is a reflection of the health and vitality of all of us who live here. In order to meet the developing health care demands of our region, we need to innovate and push toward the future. It’s what we strive for, and what our patients deserve. We’ve created an environment of excellence, and in the process have won numerous national awards for care, for stewardship, for community impact, and for workplace satisfaction. In fact, that unwavering commitment to excellence is why Kootenai Health was recently chosen as a Mayo Clinic Care Network member. Together we’ve built something special. As our region grows, we are committed to high-quality health care that grows with it, right here at home.


In the words of CEO Jon Ness,

“We cannot stand still and remain just a community hospital ; we must grow into an outstanding regional medical center.”




Time to make that choice.

This isn’t just an expansion

With the growth of our community and the surrounding region, we continue

of space. It’s an expansion

to see higher patient volumes. More space is needed to accommodate current

of care. With a new family

and future growth, as well as improvements and innovations. Our existing

birth center and neonatal

facilities are at capacity, and a recent facility assessment identified a need for 20% more space to meet our communities’ needs. Coupled with the growing need is this reality: our last major expansion was

intensive care unit as centerpieces, we focus

over 30 years ago. In that time, our region has grown dramatically. So have

on the true future of our

the health care needs. Meanwhile, interest rates, construction costs and

community: children.

worker availability are all favorable. And other vital improvements in our existing facility hinge on expansion. It’s time for us to choose to meet the evolving needs of our patients, rather than stay still and let outside factors influence how to meet those needs.

| In 2008, Kootenai Health obtains the da Vinci surgical robot – a major milestone in technological growth.


IMAGINE THE FUTURE. (The future begins with you.) In 2014, we broke ground on a $57 million, 100,000 square foot expansion adjoining the east side of the existing hospital. As you might expect, the expansion design has been a collaborative effort, including physician, nurse and staff input. The overall design elements were chosen based on our patients’ perspectives and needs, with the principal focus to ensure privacy and comfort. The key elements, the room design, the interior design, the wayfinding, the flow, all come together to provide a warm, light, healing environment. FIRST FLOOR }} Women’s and Children’s Services housing the Family Birth Center }} Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) }} Outdoor Healing Garden }} New lobby entrance, registration and guest services areas }} Expanded visitor waiting areas }} Covered drop-off and valet area SECOND FLOOR }} 32 private patient rooms for Orthopedics and Neurology THIRD FLOOR }} Future growth space for an additional patient unit



When the first two floors are complete and open, we will see a 10% increase in patient rooms – all of them 100% private.

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The private rooms are designed to be open, nurturing and comfortable, making those special first moments even more memorable.

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(Changed lives begin with you.)

Our service isn’t

“You expect panic when you check in to the hospital thinking you’re having a heart attack – yet that isn’t what happened. Everyone was calm and normal, and that put me at ease.” – JOE QUERCIO HEART AT TACK SURVIVOR

When Joe suffered cardiac arrest, Kootenai Health and Heart Clinics Northwest had the latest technology and treatments. But Joe had the heart of a champion, returning to form as a triathlete.

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just patient-focused; it’s also focused on families and visitors, with better wayfinding, flow, and access to resources.


“It felt to me that the doctors and nurses weren’t just caring for our babies. They loved our babies.”

The lobby entrance will be completely transformed, with new guest services

Photo courtesy of Printed Memories Photography


expanded visitor waiting areas and a covered drop-off and valet area.

K.C. and Sarah McVey’s twins – Gracie and Charlie – were born six weeks early at Kootenai Health’s Special Care Nursery. K.C. and Sarah speak fondly of the doctors, nurses and staff, including the nurse who taught Sarah how to massage her babies to help them relax. “It was the first time (my babies) really responded to me,” Sarah says.

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“You can’t go through things and not be changed. I try to remember that…every moment is priceless.”

The overriding design priority for all new space is patient comfort


and healing. Every


space is transformed Dave came to Kootenai Health following a serious sports accident that resulted in 21 skull fractures – including what one physician said was the “worst temporal lobe fracture” he’d ever seen anyone survive. Dave recovered to return to his wife and children.

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to be light and comforting.


“You have to remind yourself that we only have so long, and we never know how long life will last.”

The design for our new facility has an eye on the future: our expansion includes space for an


additional patient unit on the third floor.

Television personality and weatherman Mark Peterson was rushed to Kootenai Health during a heart attack, in which he “coded” en route – meaning he lost consciousness and his heart stopped. Following interventional surgery, Mark recovered to share his story with others on-air, and through personal connections.

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“Kootenai Health was amazing. All the staff, from the doctor...to the receptionist... everyone knew my name. It matters how you’re treated.” – Y VET TE MAT T BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

Kootenai Health is ranked one of the “Top 100 Best Value” hospitals in the nation. With this expansion, we increase our ability to keep patients close to home, allowing high-quality

Yvette was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her armpit and going to Kootenai Health for a mammogram. When tests confirmed the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and liver, she began treatment with

care and value to continue well into our future.

characteristic determination and grace. “I remained positive the entire time,” she says. “And even now...I’m too strong for that. Too stubborn for that. I wasn’t going to lose to cancer...and I didn’t.”

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IMAGINE YOUR PART. (Us begins with you.) Now is the time to examine your legacy. What kind of health care facility will your family inherit? Picture your children bringing their children into this world in the privacy and comfort of our new Family Birth Center. And now think of the story we’ve just shared with you…a story we continue to create after 60 years. We’d like you to consider becoming a part of it. You can help create a positive, healing, nurturing Kootenai Health environment, and write the next chapter in our legacy – and yours.

| Concept for new lobby

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| Concept for healing garden


“The healing garden is a space of beauty and offers a respite and escape for patients’ families and loved ones. With the landscaping, we match the nurturing environment inside creating a sense of comfort with vegetation providing visual interest any time of year.” – ANNE HANENBURG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

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IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES. (It all begins with you.) That sense of independence, that sense of community, has always propelled Kootenai Health forward. Northern Idaho is unlike any place else, and we do all we can to protect that. So this really isn’t just an expansion of our medical services; it’s an extension of who we are as a region. You are part of us. We are part of you. And we all have a part to play.

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Imagine with us. Now, and far into the future.

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