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Yourzek an Idaho Rural Health Hero

November 21, 2018
IRHA President Dr. Mary Barinaga (l), presents a 2018 Idaho Rural Health Hero Award to Tari Yourzek of the Northwest Hospital Alliance.
Tari Yourzek of the Northwest Hospital Alliance and chief nursing officer at Boundary Community Hospital was one of eight Idaho healthcare professionals to receive an Idaho Rural Health Hero Award at the Idaho Rural Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Reception on November 7.

The awards are given a week before National Rural Health Day in Idaho, November 15, to recognize rural health educators, community advocates, healthcare providers and program administrators who demonstrate outstanding service and dedication to rural communities.

Nominations described the many contributions of this year’s awardees as advocates, communicators, educators, collaborators and innovators.

The Northwest Hospital Alliance is a network of hospitals whose members include rural critical access hospitals Boundary Community Hospital, Bonner General Health, Benewah Community Hospital and Shoshone Medical Center, as well as Kootenai Health Medical Center.

The Nurse Leaders Peer Group of the Northwest Hospital Alliance is comprised of the Chief Nursing Officers of these facilities. Tari Yourzek, CNO at Boundary Community Hospital, is chairperson for the group.

The Peer Group was nominated to receive an Idaho Rural Health Heroes award because of the many ways its members work to lift the profession of nursing to its highest level, and because of the Nursing Grand Rounds program that formed from the group’s efforts.

The Idaho Rural Health Association is a nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communication, education and collaboration. As the recognized voice for rural health issues in Idaho, IRHA offers a forum for health professionals, community members and healthcare organizations to work together to identify and find solutions to rural health problems.

The Northwest Hospital Alliance serves as a collaborative network to assist our members in offering high quality, cost effective health care in our communities.

In its role as a facilitator, the Northwest Hospital Alliance is devoted to improving the health status of member communities by providing a shared approach to regional health care access and delivery through coordinating strategies, synergies, relationships, products and services, while controlling the cost and maintaining the economic strength of local providers. Healthcare in rural communities is an absolutely essential component of quality of life for rural residents.

Read the stories of all the 2018 Idaho Rural Health Heroes at www.idahorha.org.

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