Rural Emergency Medicine

North Idaho Lake Country

Lake Pend Oreille Emergency Medicine’s history began in 2000 with a vision to bring outstanding high quality professional healthcare service to a rural emergency medicine location. A high standard for Emergency Physician credentials requirements was set and steady yearly recruitment goals were consistently achieved. The formation of Lake Pend Oreille Emergency Medicine P.L.L.C. was completed in March 2002 by founding partners Ken Gramyk, M.D., Charlene DeHaven, M.D., Juli Fung, M.D. and William Wheeler, M.D. The core values embodied in the partnership agreement include a business model that follows fundamental democratic principals while providing equal physician ownership and voting rights. Full time physicians may achieve partnership status after only one year. All LPOEM Physicians are paid the same “hourly pit rate” which is site specific and is the same regardless of seniority or partnership status. LPOEM maintains very low administrative overhead expenses and annually distributes residual profits to partners based on a formula that is approved yearly by the voting Members. Distributions reward productivity and the core values of the group. Partners receive reimbursement for professional development up to $3,000.00 annually. Malpractice coverage is through Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC) which has been given an A- (Excellent) AM Best’s Financial strength rating. Sandpoint, Idaho has been consistently rated as one of the best small towns in the western states. With a focus on quality of life choices and practice longevity LPOEM is the perfect choice for the career Emergency Medicine physician that chooses to practice in a rural location.


Photo courtesy Jim Davidson, M.D.

Bonner General Health History

Bonner General Hospital was incorporated in 1949 and has a colorful, if not watery, beginning. The original hospital was an old infirmary building used at the once active Farragut Naval Training Station, located on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. In 1949, this single-story wooden structure was barged 25 miles up Lake Pend Oreille to its current location.

Even though the hospital was rebuilt decades ago, it still sits on its original site along the banks of Sand Creek.

In 1992, Creekside Health Center was built to provide a unique physicians' complex which houses various medical practices as well as a large, well-equipped conference room. In

1999, the hospital's 50th birthday, a new addition was completed that houses a spacious, state-of -the-art surgical services center, a rooftop helipad, private treatment and counseling rooms and many of the hospital's outpatient services.


The Old Infirmary on barge enroute to Sandpoint.

While healthcare has drastically changed from the days of the single-story wooden infirmary, the employees at Bonner General Hospital continue to demonstrate the same warmth and friendliness of that first small-town hospital.

LPOEM 2016