Recent member news: 4/23/2020

April 23, 2020

UW Medicine halts use of coronavirus testing kits airlifted from China after some had contamination
UW Medicine went to extraordinary lengths to airlift tens of thousands of testing kits for COVID-19 from China during a nationwide shortage of sampling swabs and the liquid that preserves specimens for diagnostic testing…

Providence testing site now open for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
The Providence Medical Group drive-through testing site in Lacey has now expanded testing to include anyone who has a fever, new cough, congestion, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell…

Providence shares experience with FRONTLINE in upcoming coronavirus pandemic special report
Providence, one of the largest health care systems in the nation, shared with PBS FRONTLINE its account as the hospital system that treated the first COVID-19 patient in the United States…

Anti-viral drug trial at MultiCare offers hope for those battling Covid-19
In March, MultiCare became one of very few sites globally chosen to participate in two new trials for anti-viral drug, Remdesivir, to determine if the drug is a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19…

Confluence Health announces pay cuts in wake of pandemic
Confluence Health’s chief executive officer, Peter Rutherford, took a 25 percent temporary reduction in pay, effective March 23 — one of a series of temporary cuts for the organization’s senior management and physicians…

Swedish, Microsoft develop CERA to improve hospitals’ response to COVID-19
Kevin Brooks, chief operating officer of Swedish First Hill Campus in Seattle, said during the early days of the outbreak, they did not know where they would be treating patients, whether it would be in tents or in their existing facilities…

Fairfax Behavioral Health launches telehealth PHP & IOP
Fairfax Behavioral Health has launched its new Telehealth service, enabling virtual visits for patients to participate remotely in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)…


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