Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar, a 54-year-old Jackson resident, was discharged Thursday from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after 55 days in the hospital recovering from COVID-19.

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A Jackson man has been released after spending 55 days in the hospital due to complications from COVID-19.

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center announced Thursday that Alberto Salazar, 54, left the hospital after nearly two months in the intensive care unit. He was admitted April 10, early in the pandemic, and spent 49 days in the ICU.

After recovering, he spent six days in the hospital’s acute patient rehab unit before walking out wearing a surgical mask and waving at the people lining the hallways and clapping as he left.

The hospital reported that he had tested negative for COVID-19 several times.

Salazar’s wife of 34 years, Ana Marie, and his son, Luis, joined him as he was discharged.

St. John’s Health CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre has been updating the community, without disclosing names or identifying details, about the status of two Jackson patients on ventilators at EIRMC. Last Friday, he offered hopeful news that both patients had been taken off of ventilators and were “on the road to recovery.”

Salazar was one of those patients. He gave EIRMC permission to disclose his name and share a video of staff celebrating his recovery, said Coleen Niemann, director of marketing.

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

What a drag to be in the hospital that long! I can’t imagine what the bill must be.

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