Friday, 16 January 2015 19:37

XL Hospice

XL Hospice is a life-affirming philosophy of care and support system to help the dying and their loved ones find peace and maintain dignity in the final stages of life. The focus of hospice is on “palliative care,” not curing diseases. “Palliative care” is treatment that relieves discomfort and enhances quality of life.

The staff at XL Hospice strongly believes providing care at the end-of-life is a sacred and honored opportunity. Their holistic care team of health-care professionals involves a team-oriented approach to skilled medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice services are also extended to the patient’s loved ones as well.

XL Hospice has been in business for over 25 years. Locally owned until early 2014, the company was acquired by Signature Hospice. Since that time, management remains local with the added benefit and backing of the corporate structure.

Goals for XL Hospice remain the same; to provide personalized care for each patient and their family members. Their team focuses on comfort, companionship, relief, peace, and resolution. Their mission is to help the dying and their loved ones find peace and maintain dignity in the final stages of life.

XL Hospice has served Gem County for many years. Their team members live here, have grown up here, and have strong roots here. They understand the small town culture that sets this community apart from other communities. There is a unique attitude here that focuses on caring for each other, and a responsibility to make this a better place to live.

Hospice services are provided 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. XL Hospice’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located at 312 3rd St. South, Nampa, ID or at 2480 Hwy 52, Payette, ID. If you or someone you know needs hospice care and aren’t sure who to call, call Susan Ness at XL Hospice today at (208) 989-3886.

Friday, 09 January 2015 16:57

Community Partnerships of Idaho

Community Partnerships of Idaho (CPI) began in 1995 as a dream of a few friends who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities. They were committed to "creating opportunities for people to learn and achieve their goals." This vision for services and adhering to their company values of Personal Dignity, Integrity, Innovation and Relationships, continues to guide their company to this day.

Community Partnerships of Idaho's largest office is the Emmett office. They have an adult center located at 608 S. Washington Ave. and a children's center at 315 S. Johns Ave. They have been serving participants in Emmett and surrounding areas since 1997.

Their 120 member staff serve and support 113 clients including 36 children and 50 adults in a number of programs. They also provide in-home supportive living services to 27 adults. They have expanded their services over the years to include providing employment services allowing adults an opportunity to work and build relationships with employers in the community.

Adult services were also added that allow adults with disabilities options to participate in community events and interact with peers. CPI offers supported living services for adults who want to live in their own homes and need assistance in their everyday life. They also have family trainings offering assistance to those who care for children, teens, and adults with disabilities.

A Few of their current services and support include:
• Intensive Behavioral Intervention
• Habilitated Intervention and Supports
• Respite
• Family and Interdisciplinary Training/Education
• Developmental Therapy

Community Partnerships of Idaho's Director, Tonya Heimbuck, has been with CPI for 17 years. Tonya and her staff are active Chamber members serving as Ambassadors and participate in many community events such as the Annual Cherry Festival, Harvest Festival, and Adopt a Highway Program. They also serve on many community advisory boards, Relay for Life, and American Legion events. CPI thanks the Emmett community for their support over the past 19 years and look forward to continuing to create opportunities for people to learn and achieve their goals.

For more information on Community Partnerships Emmett, visit or contact them at 365-5781.

Friday, 19 December 2014 18:17

Gem County

The Gem County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the partnership with the Gem County. The Chamber believes that Gem County is such a big asset and carries much importance to our community. The Gem County offers a wide variety of services needed by the public to allow our community to thrive.

The Gem County is made up of several entities which are:
Adult Probation, Animal Control, Assessor, Auditor, Auto License Office, Clerk, Commissioners, Cooperative Extension Agent, Coroner, Development Services Department, Disaster, Services, District Court, Driver's License, Emergency Services, Extension Agent, Fair Board, Historical Society, Jury Information, Juvenile Probation, State of Idaho Health, Department, Landfill, Magistrate Court, Planning & Zoning, Prosecuting Attorney, Public Defender, Recorder's Office, Recreation Districts, Road & Bridge, Sheriff's Office, Treasurer, Veterans' Service Officer, Weed Department

The Gem County is mandated by state statue and is known as a Government entity. The different departments that make up the County Offices strive to provide essential public services at the most effective and efficient level.
The Gem County Courthouse, which houses the County Clerk's office, Commissioners, Recorder's office, and the County Auditor, just celebrated their 75th Anniversary in September 2014. The courthouse was built in 1938 to give the small county a government building, since the previous courthouse burned in 1920. Architect Frank Hummel of Tourtellotte and Hummel designed the Art Deco building. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1982. The County Courthouse hosted the partnership between the GCCC and the Gem County with a Ribbon Cutting which was held on Monday, December 15.
The partnership between the GCCC and the Gem County is a big step in making our Valley and our County known.


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