Specialist to see patients at local hospitals
Dr. Barry Bergen, MD, FRCP(C), Neurologist, will begin seeing patients in the medical clinics at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Cottonwood.  Dr. Barry Bergen, neurologistHe  began seeing patients in April and will be at each facility for approximately one to two days each month.
 He obtained his MD degree from the University of Manitoba. He completed a pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  He subsequently completed a neurology residency at the University of Minnesota that included one year of adult clinical neurology and one year of pediatric clinical neurology, as well as six months of training in electroencephalography and two months of training in electromyography and neuropathology.
 Dr. Bergen also completed a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the University of Colorado.  He has had prior academic appointments at the University of Washington, University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Iowa.  Most recently Dr. Bergen has been in private practice in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.
 Dr. Bergen is board certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
 “I entered the medical profession because I am interested in working with people and I find the science of medicine very fascinating,” said Dr. Bergen. “I picked neurology, specifically because it interfaces with all other aspects of medicine. My usual patient base includes people who have had strokes or who have Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, muscle and nerve disorders, dementia, frequent headaches or other neuromuscular conditions.”
 Other specialists also see patients at CVH and SMH including orthopedic specialists and cardiologists.  Stephen Kronholm, MD, Urologist, also sees patients at the Orofino clinic.
 “Having specialists see patients at our clinics makes it more convenient for the patient, saving them a long drive to other places for their medical care,” said Casey Meza, CEO.  “We’re pleased to host someone of Dr. Bergen’s caliber through our facilities.  We appreciate his willingness to accommodate the needs of our patients.  Our physicians have worked with him in the past and are happy to have his services available locally.”
Appointments to see Dr. Bergen can be made through the Cottonwood or Orofino Medical Clinics.

Hospitals are finalist for national award
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Orofino, were notified that they are finalists for the HealthLeaders magazine 2005 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Award in the small hospitals category.
Three finalists have been named in each of the three award categories, small hospitals, large hospitals and health plans.  The nine finalists will each receive a site visit from a member of the judging panel.  CVHC and SMHC hosted a judge late last month.
“The communities we serve can be very proud of this honor,” said Casey Meza, CEO.   “It is the support of our patients and families and the combined efforts of our health care providers, management staff and all our employees that have earned us this national recognition.”
HealthLeaders, an award-winning monthly publication for senior healthcare executives, will feature the nation's top healthcare leadership teams in a future issue, and they will receive exposure on http://www.HealthLeaders.com.  
The selection of the Top Management Teams in Healthcare will be announced in May.

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