BMH’s Healing Hospital Certification Renewed for 2018-19

Sep 05, 2018Press Releases

BLACKFOOT, Idaho – September 5, 2018 We are pleased to announce that Bingham Memorial Hospital’s (BMH) Healing Hospital Certification? has been renewed for 2018-19. This renewal comes after an extensive onsite visit by Todd Meador, Erie Chapman Foundation certifying representative.

“As a Healing Hospital, we are committed to excellence and providing our patients with high quality and compassionate care in a loving manner,” said Jake Erickson, CEO at BMH. “Having our Healing Hospital Certification renewed reaffirms our ongoing commitment to always delivering a higher standard of exceptional care in a holistic way that everyone deserves.”

Recognizing BMH as a Healing Hospital acknowledges the exceptional quality of the hospital and their commitment to developing and sustaining a culture of Radical Loving Care. The Erie Chapman Foundation has also recognized the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Riverside Methodist Hospital (OhioHealth), and the Baylor Scott & White health systems as examples of peak performing organizations where Radical Loving Care is part of the culture.

“I am very impressed with the work that Jake Erickson and his leadership team have been doing to continue to elevate and enrich their workplace culture,” Mr. Meador said. “Because Bingham Memorial has more than 1,000 employees and physicians, the biggest goal for them was to continue maintaining a culture where everyone continues to pass the Mother Test™. Bingham Memorial continues to demonstrate they have a culture focused on loving care, supported by exceptional leaders.”

Every hospital claims to be healing and caring. But, at its core, Radical Loving Care asks a harder question: “Is every single caregiver someone you would trust taking care of your mother?” This is the Mother Test™ and it is an extremely difficult standard to reach.

Once again, BMH passed the Foundation’s Mother Test™, validating that they deliver improved patient care (and thus patient satisfaction) in every area by enhancing the human experience for everyone facing a healthcare challenge. BMH also met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure, and protocols for communication and patient care.

“The Healing Hospital Certification means that Bingham Memorial has met the standards required of a culture that practices Radical Loving Care, which we take very seriously,” said Michael J. Harris, patient experience coordinator at BMH. “We have many programs in place that inspire Bingham Memorial employees to examine what Radical Loving Care is from a variety of different angles.”

“Everyone worked so hard for this achievement, and we are extremely proud to have had our Healing Hospital Certification? renewed,” Mr. Erickson said. “The renewal of this certification helps to instill my belief that sincere compassion drives the highest skill and quality of care and that true healing only occurs when compassion is part of the cure.”


Photo: Receiving the Healing Hospital Certification? left to right are BMH Patient Experience Coordinator, Michael J. Harris; Todd Meador, Erie Chapman Foundation certifying representative; Dean Jones, BMH Board Member; and, Assistant Administrator at BMH, Mark Baker.



About the Erie Chapman Foundation
Erie Chapman Foundation, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is a non-profit trust set up to advance and support the principles of loving care. The concept of the New Healing Hospital was launched at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital in 2001 during the time Mr. Chapman was President & CEO. High success there lead to the best-selling book, Radical Loving Care, written by Mr. Chapman in 2003. The culture-focused philosophy has since been expanded and supplemented in four other books.

Organizations previously recognized as “Healing Hospitals” include Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, Florida; Mercy Gilbert Hospital, Gilbert, Arizona & St. Vincent Hospital, Billings, Montana.

The Foundation has also recognized The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, Riverside Methodist Hospital (OhioHealth) & Baylor Scott & White health systems as examples of peak performing organizations where Radical Loving Care is part of the culture.

About Bingham Memorial Hospital
Bingham Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 non-profit critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. Bingham Memorial Hospital is committed to the pursuit of excellence in our endeavor to provide a continuum of quality, compassionate, healthcare services for residents and visitors to east Idaho, in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. They have healthcare facilities in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Shelley, Idaho.

For more information, visit or call (208) 785-4100.

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