Recent member news: 8/4/2016

August 4, 2016

Growing medical residency workforce moves to new clinic
A new health clinic that will be a training site for physicians and provide interdisciplinary opportunities for the region’s university students opened Aug. 1. The Spokane Teaching Health Center clinic will be operated by Providence Health Care.

St. Lukes Hospital- A little history
The roots of today’s St. Joseph Hospital go back to the early 1890s when church and civic leaders from the Bellingham Bay cities sent a letter to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace asking for help establishing the area’s first hospital….

The Medical Home Revolution
It’s all part of a relatively new approach to health care known as the medical home model, and for supporters, it holds the key to reforming the nation’s health care. “Patients love it,” says Alicia Eng, GroupHealth’s clinical operations administration….

Violent patient doesn’t justify race-based staffing, court rules
The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Western State Hospital can’t assign staff members based on race considerations just because a delusional patient demands it. The high court’s unanimous ruling reverses a 2015 decision from Pierce County.

Seattle Childrens Hospital to build major clinic in Everett
Seattle Children’s Hospital plans to open to a major medical clinic here in 2018, offering a wider range of outpatient medical services than now available at its offices in Mill Creek and Everett.

Yakima Regional, nurses reach tentative contract agreement
Nurses at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, after working under an expired contract for the last four months. The agreement was reached after a 13-hour mediation session.

New hospital planned in Tacoma
CHI Franciscan Health and publicly traded Kindred Healthcare Inc. today announced plans to build and operate a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Tacoma. The project has already received the required state Certificate of Need.

New CEO excited to move here
Jonathan Owens, the soon-to-be newest chief executive officer of Coulee Medical Center attended Monday night’s public hospital district commissioner’s meeting, saying he and his family are excited to be moving to here.


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