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Interested in practicing in Idaho? Check out this latest blog post from and featuring Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, a small critical access hospital in southeastern Idaho. 

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is a small critical access hospital (CAH) that offers multiple services with an attached Skilled Nursing Facility. It has recently undergone a complete remodel and has 21 state-of-the-art private rooms with all new equipment, including beds and furniture. 

Upon entering Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, there is a warm inviting atmosphere. People are welcomed with a fire place and large screen TV. The hospital takes pride in fostering the vision and culture of being ‘the most caring hospital on earth’. The employees have taken this motto to heart and live it each day. The hospital’s skilled nursing facility has 36 beds which are typically filled. It also has an off-site assisted living center which has had a recent addition and remodel in the past year. It is a county-owned hospital that is under the direction of a 7 member board of directors. 

The relationship between the board, administration and physicians is highly effective. Each of these entities is greatly supportive of the other. This has made it possible for continued growth and development within the hospital and the community. Unique to this hospital is the extensive support of the community which is evidenced by the $2 million donations received towards the recent remodel and additions. The hospital offers a multitude of services such as; orthopedic, family practice, visiting physicians, physical therapy, dialysis, speech therapy, behavioral health, and home health. This makes Bear Lake Memorial Hospital distinctive for a small CAH hospital in southeastern Idaho. 

The Bear Lake valley is a rural, family friendly community where many of its residents make their living in agriculture. It is a relaxed, slower-paced life.  Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is within 20 minutes of the beautiful Bear Lake. It is known for its turquoise blue water that offers fishing, boating and water skiing in the summer months and in the winter, offers Cisco ice fishing which is exclusive to Bear Lake. It also has a fantastic beach front for picnicking and all kinds of beach activities. This valley is surrounded by majestic mountains with areas that are perfect for hiking, skiing, snow machining and hunting. It is said to have a true four season climate. It is within just a few hours of two national parks (Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park) and close to nationally recognized downhill skiing resorts. The proximity of the Bear Lake Valley to metropolitan areas allows its residents to take advantage of shopping, cultural events and other entertainment while still having the advantage of living in a quiet rural area.

To learn more about Break Lake valley and Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, contact our Idaho 3RNet member, Andy Noble

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