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Dr. Jim Souza 2022 ACMS Physician of the Year

Dr. Jim Souza, 2022 ACMS Physician of the Year


Dr. Souza has played a very strong and visible role as Chief Medical Officer of St. Luke’s Health System over the past 5 years. During the COVID crisis, he provided a reasoned and empathetic voice about public health matters in news interviews, testimony to public health boards, and with the medical staff of the System. He also stood fast against the politically motivated intimidation of St. Luke’s employees during an imminent danger child welfare case earlier this year. Under his leadership, SLHS has remained in IBM Watson Health’s Top 15 Health Systems for nine years running.

Since becoming the CMO, Dr. Souza has helped oversee the development of SLHS’ Provider Well-being Center of Excellence. He championed its creation, staffed by a part-time physician leader (a former ACMS board member) and a full-time administrative dyad to support the effort. He remains an active clinician practice pulmonary and critical care medicine with St. Luke’s – Idaho Pulmonary Associates on a limited basis, keeping him very much in touch with the challenges which physicians face daily.

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We Can't Wait Any Longer

‘We can’t wait any longer": Idaho health care group wants action on climate change

by Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun
September 29, 2022

Ethan Sims and his two daughters went to Washington, D.C., last week. The girls, ages 13 and 14, spent the afternoon telling aides for Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation how climate change affects their lives.

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Dermatology Clinic of Idaho Welcomes Two Physicians 


Lindsay Goddard, M.D., joins the Dermatology Clinic of Idaho in Boise as their newest fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. She is double board-certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery. She completed her ACMS micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellowship at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, receiving extensive training under a physician who trained with Dr. Frederic Mohs.

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Dr. Peter Kozisek Retires

Dr. Peter Kozisek Retires

Dr. Kozisek was recently honored by St. Luke’s Health System as he retired from the Palliative and Supportive Care department this month. With a medical career spanning 36 years. He attended Creighton University and finished his residency at the University of Wyoming Family Practice program in Cheyenne, where he subsequently taught as an assistant professor.


He relocated to Boise in 1996 to join the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho as its assistant director and oversaw rural medicine training for several years. In 2008, he left to join St. Luke's to help lead the development of its Palliative & Supportive Care department. He leaves behind a solid team environment which he helped build. A couple of his quotable lines of physician wisdom include: “Listen more than you talk” and “There is no difficult patient: they are in difficulty.”

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Dr Penny Beach Helps Lead Rebrand of FMRI Clinics

Dr. Penny Beach Helps Lead Rebrand of FMRI Clinics

by Steven Reames 

When the Family Medicine Health Center (FMHC) board decided it need to rebrand its clinic name, Dr. Penny Beach wasn’t so sure, “I was a late convert to the process because it is so time-consuming and expensive.” But she also knew that the small health system of eight clinics operated by the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) had a bit of an identity crisis. “People would just call us 'Family Medicine,' whether they were referring to the clinics or to the residency. And it just did not stand out as anything special.”

But what FMRI has done with FMHC since it started in the mid-1970s is something special. “We see more than 110,000 patients a year from birth to palliative and hospice care,” said Dr. Beach. FMRI is one of the original 11 Teaching Health Centers in the nation, a combination of being a Federally Qualified Health Center and a residency program. “A lot of people viewed us as training center for Idaho’s next generation of family physicians with a few patients. What they couldn't see sometimes with our old name is that we are actually one of the state’s largest Medicaid providers and there is a lot more going on clinically than one might suppose.”

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Dr. Shalz Leads Community towards Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Shalz Leads the Community towards Lifestyle Medicine

“Your results are normal!” The story of how one woman with diabetes and chronic fatigue restored her health

Deena Clark had type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and chronic fatigue when she discovered the lifestyle medicine program at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.

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Primary Health CEO Retirement and Succession Announced

Dr. David Peterman Retiring as CEO of Primary Health Medical Group.

Last month, Primary Health Medical Group announced that David Peterman, M.D., CEO and pediatrician, will retire on May 13th, 2022. Current Director of Family Medicine, Daniel Reed, M.D., will become the new CEO of Primary Health Medical Group.

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Cardiologist Nathan Green joins Saltzer Health

Cardiologist Nathan E. Green, M.D., joins Saltzer Health

Nathan Green, MD, a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist, and skilled medical executive, has joined Saltzer Health, an Intermountain Healthcare company.

Dr. Green has a passion for providing extraordinary cardiovascular care at an affordable price. In his new role, Dr. Green will be responsible for developing an innovative cardiology program in collaboration with Intermountain Healthcare.

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