St. Luke's has earned a spot on a list of the nation’s Top 15 health systems for the 8th year in a row.  And good news for all healthcare workers -- you can get a pair of free Crocs this week!

Crocs is giving away 50,000 pairs of shoes to healthcare workers this week, and if you hop to it you can request a pair.

Every day this week (through Friday), the website will open for requests at 10 a.m. MT and it will stay open until that day's allotment has been claimed.  They're giving away 10,000 pairs of Crocs at Work shoes every day, so if it doesn't work out today, try tomorrow!

Last year, healthcare workers were on their feet A LOT, and Crocs said it donated 860,000 pairs of shoes to say thanks.  2021 is calming down and COVID isn't the emergency that it was in 2020, but doctors and nurses still have plenty to do and that's why the Crocs company is passing out more free shoes.  I hope Boise gets a bunch.

We've got dedicated healthcare workers all over the Treasure Valley, but we need to salute those at St. Luke's for continuing a pretty amazing streak.  St. Luke’s said it's one of the youngest health systems on the nationwide Top 15 list, which included renowned health care systems like the Mayo Clinic and Boise's own Saint Alphonsus Health System too.  That's some pretty great company.

These were some of the criteria that IBM Watson Health used to come up with its list:  fewer patient complications and deaths, faster emergency care, safely sent patients home to recover sooner, and high scores in patients’ ratings.  The Mayo Clinic was number 1 for large health systems.  St. Luke's ranked 2nd for medium health systems.  Saint Alphonsus came in 2nd on the list of small health systems.

Nurses typically walk five miles during a 12-hour shift, so their shoes have got to wear out fast.  Don't miss your shot at a free backup pair!

Nurse's Appreciation Week runs May 6th through 12th.

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