Recent member news: 2/11/2016

February 11, 2016

CHI Franciscan Health pitches digital startups to innovate solutions to their health care challenges
CHI Franciscan Health is looking for entrepreneurial teams to create innovative solutions to their health care challenges. The health system hosted a Reverse Pitch Day™ event to kick off the program.

Massive generators kept hospitals going during last year’s windstorm
Generators helped Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, ShrinersHospital for Children – Spokane, Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital during the windstorms, though some didn’t lose power.

MultiCare expands cancer research with new partner
MultiCare’s Northwest Community Oncology Research Program will now span four states, thanks to the addition of Intermountain Healthcare as a partner. Intermountain brings 22 hospitals in Utah and Southern Idaho to the project.

Olympic Medical Center doctor lauded as 2016 Pulmonary Clinician of Year
Mark Fischer, a board-certified internal medicine and pulmonary medicine physician at Olympic Medical Center, has received the 2016 Outstanding Pulmonary Clinician of the Year award from the Washington Thoracic Society.

PeaceHealth Southwest adds two to leadership team
Cindy Davis has been named chief nursing officer for the Vancouver hospital, and Marla Sanger is the new director of community benefit and advocacy for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and PeaceHealth St. John.

Peace Island Medical Center names new chief administrative officer
Merry-Ann Keane, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named interim chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, following the retirement last month of Jim Barnhart.

Sacred Heart will build 100-bed psych hospital
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital has received state approval to build a 100-bed psychiatric hospital in Spokane. The hospital, expected to open next year, is a joint venture between Sacred Heart and Fairfax Behavioral Health.

School-based clinics offer convenient medical care for military kids
The clinics, which serve military families in seven Pierce County schools, offer convenient basic healthcare for military dependents in a kid-friendly setting.

‘Shift Happens:’ Nursing team launches project to smooth shift-change transitions
A team of nurses at Island Hospital spent more than a year identifying problems at the hospital and working toward solutions with their fellow nursing staff, and the hospital is already seeing positive results. Their project is called “Shift Happens.”

Skagit Regional Health approves $316 million budget; adds jobs
Skagit Regional Health continues to serve as a positive driver of economic development in the region with approval of a $316 million 2016 budget; the addition of new jobs; a major investment in clinical care with a new Electronic Health Record (EHR); and creation of a new Business Services Center.

St. Lukes rehab opens new clinic in Spokane Valley
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute has opened a new outpatient therapy and occupational rehab clinic in Spokane Valley at the Providence Medical Park. The clinic is operating in partnership with Providence Occupational Medicine.

At St. Peter’s Hospital no one dies alone (unless they want to)
St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia is just one of many hospitals with a No One Dies Alone (NODA) program. The program is in its seventh year and is funded entirely by donations.


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