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Idaho Matters is back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, you asked them about the new Ada County spike and the Central District Health Department's decision to close bars and what this means for hospitals dealing with the increase in cases.  

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they cover questions about a rapid coronavirus diagnostic test that has come under scrutiny, Idaho's low testing rate per capita, possible longterm effects of severe cases of the virus, symptoms to watch for in your children and much more. 

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We’re back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. As the state prepares to begin reopening on Friday, Idaho Matters is here to help get your questions answered. 

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Becoming a parent is often associated with the most joyful parts of a person’s life. But many mothers experience anxiety and other mental health issues within the first few weeks after the birth of the child. Postpartum depression -- as it is often called -- can result in various symptoms such as mood swings, anger and hopelessness. A counselor at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise created a program geared to alleviate these symptoms, and she explains how they are treating these moms. 

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Refugees have a lot of things to sort out in a quick period of time when they arrive in Idaho, but one of the most important things is finding sustainable and dignified work. Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise has started a pre-apprenticeship program to help train refugee workers as “environmental services” employees, a role that keeps the hospital clean and safe. Idaho Matters speaks to one refugee who has gone through the program, where she earns about $12 per hour and hopes to become a nurse one day. 

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When it comes to human physiology, performing invasive heart procedures is inherently risky.

Now, there’s a medical device that allows doctors to use a minimally invasive technique to treat abnormal heart rhythms. How is it done? With two robotically controlled magnets. We talk with a doctor at Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute in Boise who uses this technology.


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It's National EMS Week and Idaho Matters talks with Dr. Britani Hill, a trauma surgeon with Saint Alphonsus and Steve Boyenger, Deputy Chief of the Ada County Paramedics about collaborating to create efficient and effective emergency health care.

On The Monday, May 20, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 17, 2019

  • A Canyon County townhall gets intense over jail bond vote.
  • First responders and medical facilities collaborate to maximize trauma care.

Research Finds Teens Are Smoking Less, Vaping More

Apr 11, 2019
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Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher studies the effects of tobacco on teens and her recent research refutes claims that vaping is safer than smoking. Dr. Halpern-Felsher joins Corey Surber, Advocacy & Community Health Coordinator with Saint Alphonsus, on Idaho Matters to discuss her research.


Intuitive's da Vinci Robot puts Star Wars technology in the operating room. We speak with Dr. Christopher Reising and Dr. Johnny Green, a pair of Saint Alphonsus surgeons using robots for colorectal, gynecological and thoracic surgeries.


Idaho is one of seven states without a maternal mortality review panel - a group of medical professionals tasked with reviewing the causes of death of pregnant women or women in childbirth. A bill before the legislature would create one and we talk with a lawmaker and a St. Al's OB/GYN about the importance of these panels.

On The Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Feb 4, 2019

  • The fight for Medicaid expansion in Idaho continues.
  • St. Al's and Team UpCycle Boise bring attention to cycling and heart health.
  • A Washington measles outbreak has Idahoans concerned about unvaccinated kids.
  • A multi-genre art piece de-mystifies menstruation.

Caleigh Waldman

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a strain of depression that shifts with the season, often spiking in the winter as sunlight and heat are reduced. As we come up on the winter solstice, we look at ways of warding off the 'winter blues' with Inger Persson from Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health.


Idaho Matters looks at St. Alphonsus' programs for providing healthcare and support for refugees resettling in the Treasure Valley.

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Saint Alphonsus' Festival of Trees is a 35-year tradition that invites the public to see a magnificent display of Christmas trees and holiday revelry at the Boise Center. The event welcomes the holiday season to Boise while raising funds for healthcare in the Treasure Valley.

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Up to 90% of colorectal cancer occurrences could be averted by the simple process of health screenings. Idaho Matters looks at preventative medicine and previews an upcoming health fair sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health.

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The days of three season athletes are coming to an end as more and more kids are focusing on excelling in one sport rather than participate in multiple activities.  We'll find out why and what this means for participation across all sports.

St. Alphonsus Suing Prison Contractor For Millions

Apr 27, 2018
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Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

One of the Treasure Valley’s largest health care providers, Saint Alphonsus, sued a private prison contractor in a federal court this week. The medical group says it’s owed millions for procedures on inmates.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling that St. Luke's Health System violated antitrust laws when it acquired Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group back in 2012.

Modern Healthcare reports the ruling is a win for the Federal Trade Commission, "in its first major case challenging a physician deal."