Recent member news: 4/21/2016

April 21, 2016

CHI Franciscan facilities named ‘Blue Distinction Centers’
Five CHI Franciscan Health hospitals are among the first in the United States to receive the “Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care” designation from Premera Blue Cross.

Full service hospital construction underway in Covington | MultiCare
It is hard to miss, the cranes and other construction equipment hanging above and around the MultiCare Covington Medical Center. Work on site is underway for the new hospital coming to town, set to open in 2017.

Hospital in Port Townsend named leader in LGBT equality
Jefferson Healthcare has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

Madigan Army Medical Center plans new autism center for military kids
Madigan Army Medical Center is working to open an autism center for military families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The center is scheduled to open early next year. The new autism center will be adjacent to the hospital, in a former day care center.

Pharmacist house calls improve health of Virginia Mason heart failure patients
A Virginia Mason pilot program featuring pharmacist house calls that is designed to reduce hospital readmissions among heart failure patients is proving successful.

Sacred Heart performs unique stem cell transplant
People from all over Washington state and neighboring states go to Sacred Heart for a very specific stem cell procedure that a lot of cancer patients and their families are very grateful for.

UW Medicine hospitals achieve Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care
The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington is pleased to announce that in March 2016, all four UW Medicine hospitals achieved Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. UW Medicine is the first healthcare system in the country to have all of its hospitals achieve this certification.

Whidbey General Hospital to start posting its board meetings online
In an effort to improve transparency and community involvement, the hospital board at Whidbey General Hospital plans to videotape and post its meetings on its website.

Yakima Memorial hospital honors volunteers with appreciation lunch
Memorial Hospital is celebrating national volunteer appreciation week. Hospital staff held an event Wednesday to say thank you to their volunteers. Last year, 350 volunteers contributed more than 40,000 hours of work to the hospital.


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