Masks Required for Entry at Heritage Health

Masks Required at Heritage Health

Heritage Health is requiring its patients to wear a mask or a face covering to their medical, dental, Family Support Services, and Restored Paths appointments.

This new requirement is to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, following an influx of new cases across the region, said Dr. Peter Purrington, Heritage Health’s Chief Clinical Officer. “The surge of COVID-19 cases here has prompted this step,” said Dr. Purrington. “If a person doesn’t feel comfortable wearing a mask or they’re not able to wear a mask, we have telehealth appointments available for them.”

Telehealth allows a patient to receive care via the phone, handheld device, or personal computer. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The Centers for Disease Control recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The most important part about wearing a mask or a face covering is to cover the nose and mouth, and there is no need for extra filtration either.

All Heritage Health employees are wearing masks and exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each appointment. “We’re taking every step to protect the community,” said Purrington. “Together, we will get through this public health crisis.”

Welcome to the team!

Amanda is our new registered dietitian!

She will be helping patients out of our Coeur d’Alene Clinic.

“I am incredibly excited to start my journey at Heritage Health because I am passionate about working with patients one on one to meet their nutrition goals and tailoring each person’s plan of care to their individual needs,” says Amanda. “I believe that small, achievable changes can make huge impacts on someone’s path to better health.”

Amanda graduated from the University of Idaho’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Go Vandals!) and she has been a dietitian for over eight years.

Her background is working in nutrition support in the home settings, educating and transitioning patients from hospital to home with tube feeding and being part of the care team in skilled nursing facilities and psychiatric facilities.

She is no stranger to the Coeur d’Alene area, having graduated from Lake City High School. After having the opportunity to live in Alaska, Florida, and Idaho, she decided with her husband to make North Idaho their permanent home.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, one-year-old daughter, and labradoodle, or hanging out with friends and family (at an appropriate social distance).

She enjoys experimenting with recipe modifications in cooking and baking, traveling, running/walking/hiking, dancing, watching the Green Bay Packers and generally enjoying everything that the Coeur d’Alene area has to offer.

Mobile Clinic shutdown

Heritage Health’s mobile clinic is being temporarily shut down due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Kootenai County.

The mobile clinic serves the county’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations. Patients can still be seen at Heritage Health’s Street Medicine building at 109 E. Harrison Ave. in Coeur d’Alene or they can be seen via a telehealth appointment by calling (208) 208-292-0303