Idaho Legislators Enjoy Madison


IMG_9814I believe that we all agree that the Healthcare System in our country is broken. Nonetheless, we are optimistic and will go forward to improve healthcare for our patients summarized Rachel Gonzales to the Idaho legislatures when they visited Madison Memorial Hospital on Sept. 23, 2013. Following breakfast, the Idaho Legislatures enjoyed a tour of our exemplar self-sustaining, community owned and operated, non-profit hospital.

The wife of Legislature Bedke commented on the beauty and cleanliness of our hospital. She also loved our Baby Grand Piano – Lucas Handy

As we were walking away from the Med/Surg area someone said “this doesn’t smell like a hospital”. Not only that, while we were walking down to the bus a lady grabbed me and said “you have a beautiful hospital… you know how to do this right” – Sharon Pirente

From our automated prescription dispensing machine (Instymed), to our new MRI machine with lighting, music, and software that decreases radiation by 40%; the legislatures were impressed with our facility.

Altogether, Madison Memorial we all were proud to host our states legislatures and everyone helped out!

We have a marvelous employee team here at Madison. Thank you for be willing to help, and make this place such a pleasant place to work. Overall, I feel we did a good job… we were able to pull it off as well as we did because of each of you. – Doug McBride

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Madison Memorial Hospital Receives Idaho Legislatures to discuss healthcare reform.

Madison Memorial Hospital Receives Idaho Legislatures to discuss healthcare reform.



Rexburg Beauty

Autumn is my favorite season of the year.  However, for some, it is gloomily looked upon as Pre-Winter.  Is it the “glass half full/glass half empty” scenario,  or is it simply that we are often too busy thinking about the future to take a moment to enjoy the present?  

 In the autumn, Mother Nature gives us a picture of all her glory!  Take a moment, sit still, breathe deeply the scent of autumn, and renew.  Let yourself see and appreciate the glory before you.  I assure you –  for that moment of time, peace and gratitude will be your companions.

 “Whether you’re the first cook in the kitchen prepping pumpkin-inspired dishes at the mention of “September,” or in denial of the brisk nip in the air, there’s no doubt that autumn is upon us.

The start of this new season provides a wonderful opportunity for you to renew; it’s a time to discover which parts of yourself you’d like to embrace and expand upon, and which parts of your summer skin you’d like to shed.”  Huffington Post Healthy Living.

“Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

 -Hal Borland

Shareen Cake

25 Years Serving Our Community Family

Shareen Parkinson

– 25 Years of Sweet Service – 

Have you ever walked into an organization and the people treat you like kin? Shareen Parkinson, with The Paragon, is one of these people. As a new employee, she befriended me. Even more, last week while volunteering, I was happy to discover that Shareen was 2nd cousins twice to my grandpa. That explains everything right… except she is sweet and genuine to everyone she serves.

Today Shareen has been working with Madison Memorial Hospital for 25 years. When she started working for Madison Memorial Hospital, she enjoyed the people so much that she thought she could continue working here until she retired. Now, she is almost there. Looking back she has enjoyed her time. Her first eleven years she was one of the few breakfast employees. At that time she cooked, served the food, and was the cashier each morning. Now she enjoys mainly being the cashier. She still claims that her favorite thing about her job is the great people she serves.

Congratulations Shareen, and Happy 25 years! Thank you and everyone like you here who have served our community’s healthcare needs for large portions of your lives. You have made Madison a positive environment of professional care and sincere concern for the patients and the employees!

Shareen Cake Prepared by Lucas Handy


Rexburg Flu Season

Did you know: “Between 2004 and 2012, 829 U.S. children under 18 died from influenza-associated causes. While many of the deaths occurred among children with underlying health conditions, including neurological disorders, asthma or lung disease, and genetic or chromosomal disorders, 40% occurred among children with no known medical condition, according to lead author Dr. Karen K. Wong of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Healthy children actually died more quickly, according to the research, with a median of four days from symptoms to death. That’s compared to a median of seven days from symptoms to death among children with a pre-existing condition.”

It is our responsibility to protect our patients, their families, the general public who interact with MMH, and each other from what can be a serious, deadly disease. Thus we require our employees, and encourage the general public to receive these annual vaccines. With that in mind, Madison Memorial has declared October 24, 2013 through March 31, 2014 as Flu Season.

Baby Grand Piano - Opening Event

Baby Grand Piano – Opening Event

We are pleased to announce another new feature to our locally owned and operated family hospital in Rexburg, Idaho… A new Baby Grand piano. Because Rexburg has talent, our patients will benefit from music therapy, one of the healthiest ways to recovery. Please come and enjoy special music with our new Baby Grand Piano and individuals in the community. Tuesday the 10th of September at 4:00 p.m.

Madison Memorial Hospital is happy to recognize the many contributors for this Baby Grand Piano that was fully funded through individuals like you that donated to the health of our community through Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation. Music is often the best therapy to help our patients heal. We also would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that will dedicate their talents to help our patients. Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation fund donated $6,000, the Foundation Employee Gift Giving gave $5,000 and Employee Fundraisers helped raise $3,000 for this Piano. Also, a special thanks to Kyle Loveland in coordinating these efforts.

We look forward to enjoying your presence at the hospital for this enjoyable event! Cookies and punch will be served. You may RSVP on facebook.
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