Recent member news: 7/7/2016

July 7, 2016

Capital Medical Center’s operating room expansion gets underway
Capital Medical Center, west Olympia’s 110-bed hospital, has embarked on a new project that will result in five new operating rooms, two remodeled ones and an eighth “shelled in” unit that will be opened when needed. It’s expected to be done in July 2017.

HHS Announces Physician Groups Selected for an Initiative Promoting Better Cancer Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has selected nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality and more coordinated cancer care. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was named to the list.

PeaceHealth’s Jennie Crews, MD, attends National Cancer Moonshot Summit
The National Cancer Moonshot Summit, a day-long event hosted by Vice President Biden at Howard University in Washington D.C. on June 28, brought together over 350 leaders from around the county to end cancer as we know it. Among the attendees was Jennie R. Crews, MD, PeaceHealth’s Bellingham-based medical director for cancer services.

Providence, Fairfax send mental health hospital plan to state
Providence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health made it official, announcing their plan for a behavioral health hospital in Thurston County. The partners have submitted a certificate of need application to the DOH.

Providence Health, St. Joseph merger gets green light
A proposed merger between Providence Health & Services, the Renton, Wash.-based parent of Spokane-based Providence Health Care, and smaller Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health has been cleared to move ahead, albeit with a host of conditions.

Stroke patients rediscover joy and mobility through tango
Valley Medical Center offers popular weekly dance class to help patients who are recovering from strokes.

Washington man with 1 week to live marries best friend
A hospital hallway may not seem like the typical setting for a wedding, but for Darren Sisk and his family, it’s perfect. Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver made sure his wish came true before it was too late.


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