Better Hearing and Speech Month

Morgan Yost, DO


Hearing is one of our primary senses and is a crucial part of everyday life.... Read More »

Heart Disease the Silent Killer – Community Seminar

Jacob DeLaRosa, MD

While heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, advances... Read More »

The da Vinci Xi: test drive our new robot

Jorge E De Amorim Filho, MD

Portneuf is excited to introduce the next generation in robotic surgery, the da Vinci Xi. In fact, our first procedure with our new robot took place on April... Read More »

Get behind the controls of the da Vinci Surgical System! Please join us for an opportunity to test drive the latest in da Vinci Robot Technology presented by Drew McRoberts,MD, general and trauma surgeon. To reserve your seat, please call 208-239-2033 or visit

What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease

Richard Cline, MD


According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Unfortunately, as with a number of other diseases, the vast majority of people do not feel and/or recognize the first symptoms. When it comes to kidneys, they typically don’t complain.


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Breast Cancer Care – Curative and Restorative

“You have breast cancer.” That is the last thing you want to hear from your doctor. No matter your level of understanding, being told you have breast cancer can suddenly turn your whole world upside down. During this time, you may find it difficult to listen, understand, and even remember discussions with your physician. Our combined clinic team, including surgeons from the Portneuf Surgical Specialists and oncologist from the Portneuf... Read More »

The Codependent Relationship Between Kidneys and the Heart

The heart and the kidney are two important parts of the body that work together to keep you going. What many people don’t realize is that when the heart is affected by your health, so too are your kidneys. The heart pumps oxygen-filled blood throughout the body, while the kidneys clean the blood and remove waste and excess water. The kidneys also help control blood pressure and balance different minerals in your blood such as sodium, phosphorus and potassium.

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Why Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in America

Heart disease has many different factors and it affect many people. As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease takes away 610,000 people each year.

Almost half of Americans are at risk for heart disease due to one these risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

With high blood pressure, obesity and poor diet... Read More »

E-cigarettes a Better Option than Nicotine Therapy?

Peter Fort, MD

As most people are well aware by now cigarette, smoking is a high-risk addiction.  Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, COPD, asthma, diabetes and cancers to include lung, kidney, mouth, stomach, esophageal and pancreas.  Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for non-smokers.  Fourteen percent of Americans smoke, but it is as high as 25% in some high-risk subgroups based on education, race... Read More »