Area hospital meets quality initiative criteria

Marc Basham Post Register business reporter

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An area hospital has met national criteria for quality care and assisted living.

Bingham Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has met the criteria for the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living Quality Initiative Recognition program. The Quality Initiative Recognition program is designed to recognize American Health Care Association nursing center members that attain four or more of the organization’s quality initiative goals.

The program was launched in 2012 with an emphasis of promoting quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging members with specific, measurable targets.

Mark Parkinson, CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center, said in a news release that the program looks to recognize those who go above and beyond in improving care in these facilities.

“The program provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the progress that our members have made by achieving the Quality Initiative goals and improving care for individuals living in their communities,” he said. “I commend their hard work.”

Mark Teckmeyer, administrator of Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center said the recognition represents the hospital’s quality measures and its ongoing commitment to improving the lives of individuals they serve in the community.

“Our physicians and caregivers focus on providing excellent care to guests staying with us long-term,” he said in a release. “And our rehabilitation teams develop tailored plans to meet the needs of each individual patient to achieve optimal outcomes.”

For anyone requiring a long-term care solution or a short-term stay for rehabilitation, tours of Bingham Memorial’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are available. To schedule an appointment to visit, or for more information on its facilities or services, call 208-785-4101.

Local nonprofit to introduce new facility

A local nonprofit is hosting an event that is focused on providing applied learning opportunities for undergraduate students.

The Research and Business Development Center in Rexburg is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at 35 N. 1st. E., Suite 3. The purpose of the open house will be to improve community, client, and student awareness of the benefits that the center offers, as well as give exposure to the new location of the center.

Students at the event will be showcasing some of the 90 “experimental learning” projects that they are working on for the spring semester. Staff will also be on hand to answer any questions and provide information for interested parties.

To learn more, contact the Research and Business Development Center at 208-356-5009.

First Cobalt announces Iron Creek project

Canadian-based First Cobalt has announced a new $9 million drilling project in eastern Idaho.

First Cobalt is beginning operations at a new cobalt-copper mine along Iron Creek in Lemhi County.

The Toronto-based company boasts three major operations in North America, with the Iron Creek project being its latest. In a news release, First Cobalt describes its company as “a vertically integrated North America pure-play cobalt company.”

The Iron Creek property is located in the Idaho Cobalt Belt and consists of mining patents and exploration claims with significant infrastructure already in place.

All permits are in place for the 2018 drill program.

First Cobalt will continue operating in the area it originally drilled, following along a 40-hole, 2.5 acre area. The results of this drill program are the basis for a mineral resource.

Drilling in the region began in February and a mineral resource estimate is expected to be completed by October. A 70-hole program expansion, totaling approximately seven acres is estimated to be operational in early 2019.

VanderSloot sells NorthPoint Apartments complex

A popular student housing complex in Rexburg has been sold.

The NorthPoint Apartment complex has been sold by businessman Frank VanderSloot to Rexburg Apartments LLC for an undisclosed amount. The complex houses more that 1,000 BYU-Idaho students each trimester.

The sale was finalized on May 14.

Completed in September 2014, NorthPoint Apartments is situated on three acres bordering the south side of BYU-Idaho’s campus. The 322,428-square-foot complex consists of 154 apartments located in two separate structures for men’s and women’s housing plus a 42,428-square-foot amenities center and a six-story parking garage.

“Developing this premier apartment complex, serving many wonderful BYU-Idaho students and working with the Rexburg community on this project has been a very rewarding experience,” VanderSloot said in a news release. “I’m confident the new owners will continue to manage this first-class apartment complex in a professional manner and in harmony with the good reputation that NorthPoint has earned with its residents over the years.”

Provo-based Redstone Residential has been retained as the new management company for the NorthPoint complex.

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