Rachel Gonzales CEO!

Madison Hospital CEO Recognized in Top 50

Top 50 CEO’s –

Recently, Rachel Gonzales, the current CEO at Madison Memorial Hospital, was recognized in the top 50 rural hospital CEO’s in Becker’s Healthcare Report. Becker’s is the source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. The following paragraph is found in their report:

Rachel Gonzales, RN. CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital (Rexburg, Idaho). Mrs. Gonzales became CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital, which is situated about 310 miles east of Boise and 240 miles north of Salt Lake City, in April 2012. Last year, she received the Medical Professional of the Year award from the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Some of Rachel’s strengths have been teamwork and collaboration for better patient outcomes on all levels of healthcare. She has helped inspire teamwork for better patient experiences from house keepers to the partnering with University of Utah Medical Hospital and their specialists. She has been leading Madison with positive collaboration for better healthcare results. Thank you Rachel for your compassionate teamwork and leadership!

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Back by request – Ounce of Prevention March 22nd –

Cardiovascular Disease Screening Back By Request March 22nd

Your locally owned and operated hospital would like to keep you healthy. Preventative treatment and care can save our community dollars and lives. The leading causes of death in Madison County are cardiovascular disease. It is one of the few conditions that can be prevented or delayed. Hence this month, we are offering your preventative care screening for only $90, a small fraction of the price, to help our community. These screenings are cash, check, or card basis only, and will not be billed to your insurance.

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The following factors contribute to cardiovascular disease:

  • Over the age of 50
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • A personal history of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of cardiac of vascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Inactive lifestyle


We have joined with Idaho Heart Institute to offer this screening to provide you with information that will help you make the right decisions for your life.

Each of the screenings below will help determine your heart disease risk:

Elderly Screening

1. Stroke screening Ultrasound: Checks for narrowing and blockages of the main arteries in the neck.

2. 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG): Measures the electrical activity of the heart.

3. Blood Cholesterol and Hemoglobin A1c Measurements*: Checks A1c levels in blood.

4. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound: Checks for an aneurysm, a bulge or weakness in the aorta, the major blood vessel in the abdomen.

5. Peripheral Artery Disease Screening: Screens for blockages and plaque buildup in the legs.

6. Body Mass Index: Assesses your body weight relative to your height.

7. Blood Pressure: Measures the blood pressure against the walls of the arteries.


*The blood work portion of the screening (blood cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c measurements) is optional. If you choose not to complete blood work, the cost of the remaining six screening tests is $75

This screening will specifically identify your risk factors and recommend a course of action to help you improve your heart and vascular health!



No Tax Payer Support for more than 25 Years

Rexburg Hospital has 25 Years of Success with No Tax Support –

As our community is well aware, Madison Memorial Hospital is a public hospital owned by Madison County and operated by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Madison Memorial provides needed health care services in Rexburg, as well as Madison County and surrounding communities. While the hospital is a county owned facility, it has been operated in a manner that has required no tax payer support for more than 25 years. The hospital has not obligated Madison County and its taxpayers to any debts.

One of the most important features of any community hospital is its Emergency Department. The Hospital staffs its Rexburg Hospital 25 bestEmergency Department with a physician who is physically present in the Emergency Room 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This physician is trained and has experience in performing emergency medical services. However, the Emergency Room patient is often in need of more specialized medical care which would be performed by physicians who are trained in fields like obstetrics orthopedics or surgery. To provide access to these specialized services, the Hospital maintains an “On-Call” roster of physicians who are available on a 24/7 rotating basis who will come to the ER and provide specialized coverage.

Given the limited number of specialty physicians available in the community, some physicians are concerned about the overall amount of time devoted to on-call obligations each month. The hospital entered into negotiations to acknowledge the burden that call duties impose on our physicians. Madison Memorial has measures in place to ensure timely access to high-quality emergency care to the residents of Madison County.

Hospital officials are charged with the ongoing negotiation of contracts that ensure the efficient operations of the hospital. Like any contract negotiation, these discussions with our physicians had their challenges. The ultimate goal for these negotiations was continued coverage in the emergency department for our patients.

As with any contractual matters of significance, the Hospital consulted with its attorneys and retained a health care consultant to provide expertise in complying with all applicable standards. After careful review we are confident that no federal, state or local laws or regulations have been violated by Madison Memorial Hospital.          


Missing Nurse Deb

Life is More Precious Because of Nurse Deb

In memory of Nurse Deb – at the passing of one of our dear nurses, her colleagues decided to add a display with some of her many beautiful quilts and photos. Below are a few of the memories and regards for Deb and her family from those she served with.

Debbie's Display

“She was so much fun to work with. Her family will be in my prayers.” Rhea

“She taught me so much at my first job as a nurse. Wonderful lady.” Tara (Nurse)

“This is such sad news. Deb was part of what made Madison so special.” Anna (Nurse)

“I worked with her from the time she started until I retired. And knew her when we lived in Ashton many, many years ago. She was tops. Man, oh, Man will she be missed. Sad…” Juanita (Nurse)

“Loved her so and will miss that smile and sparkle in her eyes!” Jenny Lou

“May God bless her family and be with those at Madison. I loved knowing Deb. Amazing gal!” Kyle (Nurse)

Deb's Quilts

“I loved the times I worked with her. She is simply wonderful and unforgettable. An excellent nurse and a great mentor.”
Martha (Nurse)

“I love this woman with all my heart!” Heidi (Nurse)

Life is more precious because of nurses like Deb who love and care for those around her. Thank you Debbie, we will miss you.


Wellnesss in Body, Spirit, & Mind

– Wellness in Body, Spirit, and Mind – 

Jeans Day

The wellness committee at Madison found that an occasional Jean’s Day increases employee morale. Hence tomorrow, Friday (the last day of January), you may find many of Madison employees working in their jeans.

Winters in Madison County can be long and cold, which may result in depression, vitamin D deficiency, and weight gain. Our goal at Madison is to not only have a healthy employee workforce, but to have a healthy community. Hence Madison has designed a wellness program for this.

If you have any ideas that you’d like to share with us to help boost the Madison Wellness Program please answer the question below, then submit it.   

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