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70 | SUMMER 2014 Pacif c Northwest experience on Whidbey Island, he was ready to return. Coeur d'Alene has met his professional and personal qualif cations—and then some. Professionally, he says, "What's good about living here is that the community and hospital are just the perfect size to be able to practice general surgery." As for Kootenai Health on a wider scale, May notes that, under a new CEO, "the hos- pital is undergoing a lot of growth. He's been pretty aggressive in trying to expand its reach and make it more of a regional referral center." The plan included breaking ground in May for a $57 million expansion, as well as the startup of a fam- ily medical residency program in July. In April, the hospital was verif ed as a Level III Trauma Center. Kootenai Health (pronounced "Coot- ney") dates back to its 1966 opening on the grounds of a former naval training station. A three-story addition opened in 1984. During construction, local residents dubbed it the "Big Blue," the color of a temporary exterior wrapping. The name stuck. To go along with the community whimsy, spokesperson Becky Orchard says, three coffee stands in the hospital were named the Big Blue Coffee Company. On a more serious note, Orchard cites the hospital's wilderness medicine pro- gram. "It's pretty unique as a component of our residency program," she says. "It really sets with the story (of the area)." The program creates treatment experi- ence in an area where skiers, hikers and river rafters might need emergency care. May, his wife and three children— ages 10, 8 and 6—try to take full advantage of all four seasons, his other reason for relocating. "We ski in winter, and in other seasons we go cycling, play some golf and do some stuff on the lake," he says. They don't have to look far for an overf owing plate of alfresco opportuni- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Continued from previous page Live and Practice On the water ties. "The neat thing," he says, "is that if you put a marker on a map in Coeur d'Alene and drew a 200-mile circle around it, it would encompass this amaz- ing amount of things you could do." Of the original Native American inhabitants, seven tribes still thrive in Idaho's f ve northern counties, but the lake and city naming rights went to the Coeur d'Alene nation. In recent times (1987), the tribes joined forces to plan and develop the Benewah Medical and Wellness Center in nearby Plummer, believed to be the f rst partnership venture of its kind. Among its treatment resources is a $5 million wellness center with healthy exercise opportunities for rehab patients and others. When gold and silver were discov- ered in the later 1800s, the area expe- rienced a population boom. According to Colleen Rosson, director of a nearby chamber of commerce, the mines still yield many tons of silver. Starting in 1898, timber resources brought another boom. Almost overnight, Coeur d'Alene's population skyrocketed from about 500 to 7,000. In recent years, a new kind of timber crusade has led the Arbor Day Founda- tion to cite Coeur d'Alene as a Tree City USA. The city established its tree program in 1985. According to urban forester Katie Kasanke, city streets are now lined with some 21,000 trees, with many more in the city's 32 parks. CNN has labeled Coeur d'Alene one of "8 Perfect Summer Lake Towns," but because of its surrounding area it's also been named f rst in a list of Top 10 Mountain Towns by a real estate news magazine. Ski addicts can f nd at least two major resorts within easy driving distance. Downtown streets are lined with boutiques, locally owned restaurants, galleries and business off ces—none of them very far from nature—including the newly opened McEuen Park at the foot of Tubbs Hill (more hiking) rising from near the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Culture is alive and well with symphony, opera, live theater and the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale. At City Hall, spokesman Keith Erickson ticks off recent city life achievements—a huge new public library; the mammoth Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Com- munity Corps Center with aquatic center, sports and exercise areas, performance venue and worship center, and the Higher Education Campus with multiple colleges. "When I moved back in 1989," Erickson says, "the city popula- tion was about 32,000. The latest estimate is 45,000 to 47,000 ." ■ Looking to practice in or near Chicago? Check out these opportunities on Adventist Health Partners Advocate Medical Group DuPage Medical Group Franciscan Physician Network (See p. 73) Friend Family Health Center Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Hartgrove Hospital Ingalls Memorial Hospital JenCare Chicago Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health Care Centers MacNeal Hospital MetroSouth Medical Center NorthShore University Health System Norwegian American Hospital One Medical Group Presence Health Prospect HealthCare Rush University Medical Center (See p. 72) Westlake Hospital …And many more! 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 - L i v e - P r a c t i c e . i n d d 7 0 243-Sum14-Live-Practice.indd 70 6 / 1 3 / 1 4 1 1 : 5 5 A M 6/13/14 11:55 AM

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