Recent member news: 11/29/2018

November 28, 2018

New Oncoreproduction Clinic safeguards fertility during cancer treatment
UW Medicine offers comprehensive oncoreproductive care to women and men at its Roosevelt clinic campus, but the goal of this new location is to reduce barriers for patients.

Astria Health Centers introducing primary care with walk-in model
In the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, residents and health care providers in the Yakima Valley ranked the need for additional primary care providers as one of their highest priorities.

Seahawks, CHI Franciscan & Virginia Mason team up to support cancer awareness during NFL’s ‘Crucial Catch’ campaign
As the NFL’s Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer program comes to a close for the year, the game ball was preserved to honor Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan for their efforts with the Seahawks in putting on cancer awareness and prevention activities throughout the month of October.

Peak Care offers a better health care experience for patients and lower costs for their employers  
Premera Blue Cross and MultiCare, two locally based companies in the Pacific Northwest, have come together to offer Peak Care for employers in Pierce County.

Two new grants to fuel metastatic breast cancer research
Two early-career investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Researcher Center have received grants that will fuel their research into metastatic breast cancer.

Forbes ’30 Under 30’ lists Hutch immunotherapy researcher Alex Salter
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Alex Salter was listed as a Forbes “30 Under 30,” an annual who’s-who of influencers under age 30 in the U.S. and Canada.

How to motivate millennials to give blood? Bloodworks NW launches app after successful test
The Bloodworks app, which was nearly a year in development, walks donors of any age through the blood donation process.

UW Study: There is no safe level of drinking alcohol
“Only 15 percent of the population smokes cigarettes now, but 50-60 percent more drink. But alcohol causes cancers across the board. It’s a poison. So, throat cancer, oral cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, all of those things have some impact with alcohol use,” said Dr. Eric Shipley, medical director for Overlake Hospital’s emergency department.

Homeless shelter for people with HIV opens in Seattle
The facility, run by Virginia Mason Hospital, has roughly 400 clients, almost a third of which are homeless. This month, it started allowing some of those patients to use the facility as a shelter, thanks to an infusion of city funds.

Parenting Partnership helps babies and families thrive after they leave the NICU
Mary Bridge Children’s created the Parenting Partnership program, which is funded by community contributions. Parenting Partnership helps families such as the Goodsels and the Gibsons manage the ups and downs of the first three years of life after they leave the NICU.

Samaritan authorizes land purchase for possible new hospital
Samaritan Healthcare commissioners approved the purchase of a parcel of land at a special meeting, the first step toward a possible new hospital.

Hospital group donates $22,000 to state nonprofits
The Women’s Leadership Guild of Pullman Regional Hospital has donated $22,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations in Washington as part of its Annual Giving for Excellence fund drive.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program to begin next spring at Jefferson Healthcare
Last month, Jefferson Healthcare’s board of directors unanimously authorized the implementation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program that is scheduled to be available next spring.



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