Recent member news: 9/15/2016

September 15, 2016

Finding the Pulse in cardiac patient care
Since May 1 patients have been directed to Pulse Heart Institute, MultiCare’s and CSC’s new combined center for cardiac and vascular patients. Pulse unites cardiac, thoracic and vascular services into one entity to manage needs.

Gender clinic coming to Seattle Children’s Hospital
For the first time in Washington State, transgender kids entering puberty will have a clinic they can go to for coordinated care. When the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic opens next month, it will be only the 5th hospital in the country to do so.

Group Health Foundation, Cliff Avril, Bartell Drugs to launch childhood immunization initiative
Catch Every Kid, Group Health Foundation’s effort to promote childhood immunizations throughout Washington State, kicked off last week. The campaign is asking parents to vaccinate their children and encouraging discussions about the importance of vaccinating.

Last resort: A rare intestine transplant at UW Medical Center
The first adult intestine transplant performed at UWMC demonstrates the maturation of the UW’s intestinal rehabilitation program, started by Reyes four years ago to treat patients whose guts were failing.

Mental health therapy for students focus of programs in schools
The Anacortes School District formed a partnership with Island Hospital to replace a county-wide program that Skagit County disbanded during funding cuts. The program through the partnership benefits middle and high school students.

Providence Centralia to hold Healthier Together on Sept. 17
Providence Centralia Hospital will hold a wellness event and fun run/walk for all ages on Saturday, Sept. 17. The second annual event in its current form, known as Healthier Together, is a version of the hospital’s mini health fairs held for 10 years.

Swedish Edmonds new Ambulatory Care Center wins senior-friendly facility award
Designers of the Swedish Edmonds Ambulatory Care Center looked to the history of its city, as well as to the newest elements of architecture and modern design to create a place so inviting it won Modern Healthcare’s award for being most senior-friendly.

Toppenish hospital receives award
Toppenish Community Hospital received the Excellence Through Insight award for Overall Patient Experience scores for its maternity services. Nationwide, only one other hospital received the award for maternity care.

Virginia Mason Institute introduces new course on preventing never events
Virginia Mason Institute’s new course for health care leaders — Learning From Never Events: Aligning an Organization Around Safety — is designed to help organizations engage leaders and frontline staff in new ways to improve patient safety.


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