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Brake For Breakfast Teton Radiology - Rexburg
Madison Memorial Hospital & Teton Radiology Madison

Team up for Breast Cancer Awareness Event

– REXBURG, Idaho — In 2010, Idaho had the lowest mammography rate in the United States for women over the age of 40.

To encourage women to get annual mammograms starting at 40 and raise awareness of the benefits of early detection, Madison Memorial Hospital and Teton Radiology Madison are holding their 7th Annual “Brake for Breakfast” event on Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00 am at Teton Radiology Madison, 425 E. 4th N. in Rexburg. The two organizations have joined 13 other hospitals and clinics across Eastern Idaho and Wyoming to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness month with a “drive-through” event scheduled early enough so women on their way to work, or dropping kids off at school, can participate.

“We want Brake for Breakfast to be a special event for the women in our community, and at the same time empower them with the knowledge and resources to take some of the simple precautions to stay healthy”, said Rachel Gonzales, Chief Executive Officer at Madison Memorial Hospital.

Activities consist of three brief stops through the parking lot for participants without ever having to get out of your car. Breakfast Junction is the first stop where each woman will receive a breakfast to go.   At Information Way, she receives important information on breast cancer prevention and earlier detection. The final stop, Pink Place, is where each woman receives a special gift.

“The ultimate goal is to remind all women to do monthly self-breast exams and to get a mammogram yearly after age 40, because early detection is truly the best protection.” said Dr. David Hansen, a radiologist at Teton Radiology Madison.

While there is currently no cure for breast cancer, survival rates are very high when diagnosed and treated early. Digital mammograms are an important tool for detecting it early, because they are clearer, faster, and easier to read than ever before – especially near the skin line, chest wall, and in women with diverse breast tissue types. The precise results give physicians extremely accurate images to use in diagnosis, and if a second opinion is needed, the files can be sent electronically virtually instantaneously.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.  Women at high risk for breast cancer due to a family history, race, or other factors should discuss with their doctor about whether they should have additional tests at an earlier age and/or have a need for a Breast MRI and a mammogram every year.

Funds are available for a variety of screenings for women in Idaho through the Women’s Health Check, a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. For additional details about the program, please call 533-3209.
The event organizers wish to thank the sponsors for their generous donations to the help make this awareness event possible.


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

 Prepared by Lucas Handy

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.

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