Bingham Memorial feted for weight loss clinic


Bingham Memorial Hospital’s Weight Loss Center has been recognized as the top location for non-surgical treatments for severe obesity and its related conditions in eastern Idaho. 

Regence BlueShield of Idaho recognized the hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

In a news release, Bingham Memorial bariatric and general surgeon Dr. Tammy Fouse expressed pride in the recognition.

“For more than a decade, the surgeons and staff at Bingham Memorial have been helping Idahoans take control of their weight and improve their lives,” Fouse said in the release. “This distinction recognizes our ongoing dedication to delivering high quality, caring, and compassionate care.”

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band, the release said. A health care facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the nation have recognized more than 550 health care facilities as Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery. Health care facilities recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the country. There were 196,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2015, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the average cost is more than $28,000 per episode, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fouse said these procedures can help patients take the first step on their weight loss journey.

“While we provide both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, we recognize that when a patient qualifies for a surgical weight-loss option, it is only the first step toward healthy living,” Fouse said in a release. “Our team is committed to providing the dietary, exercise, and mental health care that is also necessary for recovery.”

Goodwill announces grand opening of I.F. store

Goodwill is set to open its new store in Idaho Falls on Aug. 2.

The former Hasting’s location at 540 E. 17th Street has been undergoing renovation throughout the summer and is nearing completion. The 21,560-square-foot facility will have approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space, with the remaining space dedicated to donations processing and storage.

Doors to the new store will open to shoppers at 8 a.m. Aug. 2, and the event will be marked by a grand opening celebration, featuring prizes and giveaways, including a free canvas shopping bag to the first 500 shoppers. Goodwill also will have 100 free items hidden throughout the store, and a grand prize of a $100 gift card.

“We’re really looking forward to a successful grand opening and I want to thank all of the generous people who donate to Goodwill and are making this new store possible,” store manager Brandon Webber said in a release.

The store has been accepting donations at the new location since late June.

In addition, Goodwill has an online grand opening giveaway where one person will win one free outfit a month for an entire year at the Idaho Falls location. Enter at

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, people can call the store directly at 208-701-7010.

New strip mall under construction on 17th Street

A new strip mall is under construction off of 17th Street in Idaho Falls.

The complex, which is owned by Needles Eye Holding of Eagle with the architect listed as HB Architecture, according to a July 16 report by BizMojo, is located behind the Dutch Bros. Coffee location currently under construction at 830 E. 17th Street.

The strip mall is listed in city permits as a 4,718-square-foot facility and was approved for construction on July 3, according to BizMojo.

1 Fine Cafe taking over Babe’s Bakery storefront

A new cafe is taking over the old home of Babe’s Bakery at 1900 Channing Way in Idaho Falls.

1 Fine Cafe is set to open Sept. 1, according to its Facebook page, and is advertising its store as “a fast-casual restaurant that offers dishes that feature our hand-crafted breads.” The store will feature table service, wine and beer sales, and paper canvasses on tables which patrons are encouraged to sketch on throughout the meal.

To learn more about 1 Fine Cafe, visit the store’s website

Building permits

The city of Idaho Falls recently approved building permits on the following projects.

• Single-family development, valued at $208,895, 5633 Jolyn Way.

• Single-family development, valued at $234,330, 527 Boxwood Drive.

• Single-family development, valued at $204,120, 751 Periska Way.

• Single-family development, valued at $250,000, 719 Periska Way

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