The focal point of health care in Gem Valley and Caribou County is the Caribou County Hospital and Nursing Home, which is located in Soda Springs, Idaho. The hospital, a 27 bed facility, is owned by Caribou County and is given direction by a hospital board consisting of one resident from the Grace area, one resident from the Bancroft area, and three residents from the Soda Springs area. In addition, a member of the Caribou County Commissioners also serves on this board. The hospital employees a full time administrator,
John Hoopes and pharmacist, Dell Maughn. If you wish to contact the hospital, its phone number is 547-3341.
The hospital is served by a 24 hour ambulance service. Ambulances are located in Grace, Bancroft, and Soda Springs and are staffed by a team of EMT's (Emergency Medical Technicians) that are well trained to handle any emergency. In addition, a life flight helicopter can be summoned on very short notice to transport patients in need of more intensive care to area hospitals.
Other services available at the Caribou County Hospital include surgery, radiology, obstetrical care and delivery, 24-hour emergency and laboratory service, CT scans, ultrasound, industrial testing and mental health services. Associated with the hospital is a 43 bed skilled nursing home that provides 24 hour care for its patients. The hospital also offers Home Health Care for the residents of the area and their staff do an excellent job of caring for patients who are able to function in their home but need some assistance. The hospital and staff are equipped to do many procedures that you would only expect to be done in a larger hospital.
Area doctors include John Franzen and Brian Anderson who specialize in family practice and obstetrics.
They practice in a clinic located in the north end of the hospital. In
addition, an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Nita Weber and other specialists,
including a nephrologist, a plastic surgeon, an ENT, an orthopaedic surgeon, a Board Certified General Surgeon and an opthalmologist practice in the
Lakeview Medical Clinic which is located just north of the hospital.
Doug Balls RPT, has Caribou Physical Therapy, which is located directly south of the hospital, is open 5 days a week, and offers a
wide range of physical therapy services. The hospital also houses a mental health department which is
also located in the Lakeview Clinic which is just north of the hospital.
The hospital also has a part-time clinic located in Grace in the Grace Clinic.
It is staffed by Brett Smith PA, and a local MD.
A high point for the hospital each year is its annual Health Fair, a very popular county event that is held in April of each year. A dozen or so booths are set up and the area residents can come and be checked for everything from cholesterol levels to eye screening. Area health practitioners man the booths and provide invaluable guidance for those with problems.
A new addition has recently been added to the north end of the hospital. It includes an enlarged space that accomodates two emergency rooms, an enclosed area for the ambulance to enter before transporting patients into the emergency rooms and a new two-level clinic where Dr's.
Franzen and Anderson practice.
Other health practitioners in the county include five dentists, two chiropractors, and two optometrists. Additional specialists who practice in other offices in the area include three orthodontists, two podiatrists and a hearing specialist.
OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR CARIBOU COUNTY
Terry Sanderson OD Complete Vision Care 380 So. 3rd West Soda Springs 547-2114
Bryce Larsen DDS General Dentistry 114 West 1st South Grace 425-3123
Mark Harris DMD General Dentistry 390 So. 3rd West Soda Springs 547-2121
Gary Lemarr DMD General Dentistry 180 So. Main Soda Springs 547-2244
Eric Bowman DC Complete Chiropractic Care 139 West 2nd So. Soda Springs 547-4151
Shenandoah Trombley DC Complete Chiropractic Care 45 West Center St. Soda Springs 547-4518
Douglas Cox RPT Registered Physical Therapist 200 So. 421 West Soda
HOME HEALTH CARE
Idaho Home Health, Inc. 100 E. Hooper Ave.Soda Springs 547-2152
S. E. Idaho Home Health 55 E. 1st So.Soda Springs 547-4375
Caribou Memorial Home Health 300 So. 3rd West Soda Springs 547-4875
Total Home Care 50 No. 7th East Soda Springs 547-4604
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Spring Creek Manor Ass't Living for Elderly (21 beds) 425 Spring Creek Dr. Soda Springs 547-0257