St. Maries and Benewah Community Hospital Awarded ISEA Grants

Benewah Community Hospital $1,000 Rehab Grant Summary

Benewah Community Hospital has written a proposal for the Idaho Elks Rehab Local Lodge Grant for a total of $1,000. We will use the IER (Idaho Elks Rehab) funds to build an outdoor obstacle course. Benewah Community Hospital sees a variety of patients; though the majority of them are individuals who work in the logging industry, and also those that work in a very physical demanding occupation. These individuals work long hours, through rough terrain, life heavy machinery, which requires a lot of physical stamina. Because of this, the facility’s Physical Therapy Department sees a variety of patients with varying degrees of injuries. Our goal is to help individuals return to the workforce in a short amount of time. In order to do this, our facility is in need of an environment that closely resembles the patients work environment. Currently, our budget does not hold out for this type of opportunity. Our facility would like to build an outdoor obstacle course that would strengthen their ability to return to work without further injuries. This environment would have equipment such as:

  • Half of a car to assist the patient’s in relearning the skill of getting in and out.
  • A set of chains with a spare tire. Most loggers have to throw chains over tires, or over parts of their truck. In order to do this, patients need to strengthen the muscles to continue doing this exercise.
  • Ramps at certain inclines built out of wood, with railings on either side to assist any patient in the strengthening and rebuilding of their muscles.
  • River rocks spread throughout a designated area for patients to practice walking on an uneven surface. Most of our patients despite their occupation, have to relearn the skill of walking on an uneven surface, especially with weakened muscles.
  • A balance beam or a large log to assist with the skill of stepping over large objects.

Again, most of our patients are in an environment where walking over large, uneven terrain becomes very difficult when you’ve had an injury & need to relearn the skill that once was second nature.

This outdoor obstacle course is a rich component for our Physical Therapy Department and something we will greatly benefit from. With your funding, it is important to us that we help our patients return to work with reduced injury & quicker recovery time.


Benewah Community Hospital $10,000 Community Rehab Grant Summary

Benewah Community Hospital helps many types of patients; however being a Critical Access Hospital in a Rural setting, we have an increased percentage of patient’s who work in the logging industry. Loggers endure 12 plus hour shifts, in all different types of terrain and weather. Mill workers physically operate heavy equipment with repetitive physical demands. In short, our patient’s require lots of physical stamina and strength. Our facility’s Physical Therapy Department sees a large majority of patients that have timber related injuries. BCH’s goal for our community is to create the best possible treatment plan, with the quickest recovery time for our patients. In order to achieve this goal, we desperately desire additional certifications for our other two Physical Therapists to better serve our community. Unfortunately, our current reality lacks funding. BCH’s Physical Therapy Department currently has one physical therapist who is ASTYM certified. ASTYM is a state-of-the-art treatment process that would greatly benefit our PT Department. With additional ASTYM certified Physical Therapists, we have the ability to treat additional patients. ASTYM is a lifetime certification that stays with the Physical Therapist. We greatly appreciate all the efforts and support from such a wonderful community.