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Movers & Shakers June 30, 2010

| June 30, 2010 9:00 PM

Kootenai Medical Center in Top 100

For the fifth year in a row, Kootenai Medical Center has been named a Top 100 Hospital in a 2010 survey ranking 2,739 hospitals nationwide on quality of care and value to their communities.

The annual Community Value Index evaluates hospitals in four key areas: Financial viability and capital reinvestment, cost structures, patient charge structures and quality of performance.

"Community value results from costs and charges being low relative to other hospitals; in being profitable and in reinvesting those profits in new facilities, technology and new services," said Joe Morris, CEO of Kootenai Health, which oversees the hospital.

"An award recognizing that we are a Top 100 Community Value hospital out of around 5,000 hospitals nationwide is a tribute to the board, management, employees and physicians who care about the value of the services we provide this community," Morris said.

This year, Kootenai is also designated for the seventh year running as a Five Star hospital.

Five Star facilities must earn scores placing them in the top 20 percent of their respective peer groups. Kootenai's peers include 459 large, non-teaching hospitals across the country.

Kootenai is the sole hospital in Idaho to earn Top 100 status.

Cleverley and Associates, an Ohio-based data and consulting services firm, annually publishes the study based on U.S. hospitals' performances.

Basin Insurance

gets new location

Basin Insurance Associates Inc. of Post Falls has relocated to 311 E. Mullan Ave. Agency owner Mike Young recently purchased the building and hired a new personal and commercial lines insurance agent, Steve Palmer.

Free job fair planned

A free community job fair is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 17 at Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Road in Post Falls.

The goal of the event being put on by RLM "Employment Ministries" is to provide a forum to match employers with job seekers.

Some employers planning to participate include Starbucks, Huntwood Industries, Kelly Services, Command Center and River City Physical Therapy. Fitness centers, banks and manufacturers are also expected.

RLM's Employment Ministries has provided outreach and support to more than 100 job seekers since its inception in April and 12 have landed jobs as a result of the workshops.

The program also provides regular workshops and support to job seekers in the areas of resume and cover-letter writing, interviewing and job search tips.

Employers interested in participating should contact Millie Eylar, 819-7095 or e-mail: rgalphaomega@gmail.com.

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