Recent member news: 6/14/18

June 13, 2018

Bright mural to dress up courtyard at OMC
Olympic Medical Center has unveiled an 18-foot mural that took the work of more than 100 Port Angeles High School students as well as Lower Elwha Klallam tribal members and hospital personnel to create.

Central Washington Astria Health – On the hunt for quality nurses
Astria Health, the largest non-profit health care system based in Eastern Washington, has taken note of the wave of baby boomer retirements coupled with the growing need for health care, and has created a national nurse recruitment campaign.

Chelan hospital Board votes to approve affiliation agreement with University of Washington family medicine residency program, in partnership with Columbia Valley Community Health
Beginning in August 2020, physician residents from the University of Washington’s residency program will practice at LCCH in partnership with Columbia Valley Community Health. There will be two physicians in Chelan the first year, followed by another two in 2021, for a total of four in the valley.

EvergreenHealth begins construction of new cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology suite
EvergreenHealth started the first phase of development for a new catheterization and interventional radiology suite slated to open next year on the health system’s campus in Kirkland. The new suite will offer more capacity to serve the needs of the growing Eastside community in addition to the ongoing need to treat cardiovascular disease.

Mount Vernon Parks Foundation gets kids on trails
This is the second year the foundation has organized the outings, foundation board member Nikki Klinger said. Funding comes from a Skagit Regional Health grant.

OMC takes another step toward Sequim cancer center, primary care expansion
Olympic Medical Center commissioners have approved putting out for bid an estimated $7 million construction contract for expansion of its cancer center on North Fifth Avenue.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center helps couple tie the knot
A hospital room at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center became the setting for a wedding on Wednesday, May 6, as Toby Boxold and Phosy Takatsuka professed their love to one another. For Boxold, who recently received the news that he has cancer throughout his body, the wedding was a bright light during a difficult time.

Premera, MultiCare announce new alliance in Pierce County
MultiCare Health System and Premera Blue Cross announced a new collaboration on Tuesday aimed at improving customer experience, strengthening health outcomes and decreasing health care costs.

Swedish nears $1 billion in five years of community benefit
Swedish published its 2017 Community Benefit Report, detailing the organization’s almost $200 million investment in community benefit programs for the year.

YMCA says new Yakima facility will help at-risk kids
The ball is rolling on the YMCA’s $20 million aquatic center. Located at Chesterley Park, the project is a partnership between the ‘Y,’ Yakima Rotary, the city and Virginia Mason Memorial.



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