BLACKFOOT — Free flu shots were a great draw at the open house at Bingham Memorial Hospital on Thursday. The open house ran from 5-7 p.m. People started lining up one hour before the open house started to get free flu shots.
"We have flu shots for everyone who is here before 7 p.m.," said one of the receptionists.
"I came for the free flu shots," said Sally McCasland. "I knew several of the doctors here; I've received really good care here."
Winn Larson brought his mother, Lois, for a flu shot, and then got a flu shot for himself, along with dinner.
The food, created by BMH Executive Chief Robert Martin, received rave reviews.
"We were expecting 300 people," said Martin. "That many people went through the first hour."
"I came for the prizes and the open house," said Pam Hatton.
"I read about [the open house] in the paper and thought it would be a good time to speak with the new doctors to see if anything new was going on, like new treatments, if I every needed them," said Darlene Grimm.
Activities for the kids included a bouncy house, face painting by Laura Pennock and balloon creations by Mark Keyes and Dallas Hall from Ballistic Balloons.
Activities for the kids were the favorite parts of the open house for 9-year-old Mallory Erickson.
"It is very well attended," said BMH assistant administrator Jake Erickson. "It is great to be able to do this for the community.
"We have great docs," he said. "They have brought in their families and have relocated from all over the country to be in Blackfoot, Idaho."
Fourteen new doctors were on hand to greet people and explain their fields of expertise.
Dr. Craig Denny works in Psychiatry.
Dr. Ron Ellsworth works in Family Medicine and Obstetrics.
Nurse Practitioner Travis Evans works in Family Medicine.
Dr. Ricky Gardner works in Family Medicine & Obstetrics.
Dr. Jonathan Godfrey works in Gastroenterology.
Dr. Mary Himmler works in Physiatry, a rehabilitation physician.
Dr. Jared Kam works in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Prashanth Manjunath work in Pain Medicine.
Dr. Kenneth Newhouse works in Orthopedic & Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jason Reid works in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Nathan Richardson works in Orthopedic Medicine.
Dr. David Shrader works in Pulmonology.
Dr. Jared Wagner works in Pain Medicine.
Dr. John Whiting works in Vascular Care.
Wherever you looked, there were plenty of people.
Pianist Johnni Baker from Oxford, N.C. provided live music. She is the mother of Mark Baker, BMH advertising and graphic artist.
"It was a great turnout," said Paul Kotter, BMH public relations and marketing director. "There are lots of people to meet our new doctors."