Recent member news: 4/26/2018

April 25, 2018

Advanced planning can allow you to make choices about end-of-life care. Here’s how.
PeaceHealth is a partner in Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest, an initiative of WSHA and WSMA. As a partner, PeaceHealth is committed to provide much-needed information to the public, and to its caregiver work force, to reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s health care wishes are unknown.

EvergreenHealth receives recertification as Level III Trauma Center
To achieve this level of certification, the Kirkland-based health system successfully completed the state’s Trauma Designation Site Survey, which it conducts in eligible hospitals across Washington every three years.

Non-healing wounds can be frightening
Colville is lucky to have a rare specialist here. Tom Kaluzny is that guy. He’s happy — whether he is at home among his large family or on the job at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital as a wound therapist.

Providence to add Immediate Care Clinic in Hawks Prairie
Both the West Olympia and Lacey immediate care clinics see about 50-60 patients each day, and have seen as many as 100 in a day during the recent flu season. The Hawks Prairie clinic will have capacity to do the same.

Ready for a worst case no one wants
Members of city and county agencies joined together to participate in an active shooter full-scale exercise April 12. A triage area was staged away from the building where victims were treated then transported by ambulance to Klickitat Valley Health.

Samaritan named Level III trauma center
Samaritan Hospital has been upgraded to a Level III trauma center. The Washington Department of Health notified hospital officials of the new designation Friday, and it went into effect immediately. Previously the hospital had been designated a Level IV.

Switching programs, MultiCare Spokane hopes to streamline medical records for patients
MultiCare executives said the company has invested more than $25 million in the switch, which they said will improve patient care and satisfaction while making life easier for providers in and outside their clinics and hospitals.

Two new dental clinics receive funding in Spokane
With $1.6 million in funding from Delta Dental of Washington, $400,000 from the Arcora Foundation and $2 million in funding from the state’s new capital budget, Providence Health Care and CHAS Health will be able to build two new dental clinics.

UWMC inpatient psych unit: Closure and replacement confirmed
UW Medicine stated in a press release Friday that the inpatient psychiatric unit at UW Medical Center will close. To take its place, a new 12-bed voluntary psychiatric inpatient unit is set to open at Northwest Hospital in fall 2019.


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