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Parker, Smith & Feek bring expertise on data liability and breach

 Parker, Smith & Feek, WSHA’s Industry Partner in the commercial insurance brokerage space, has been helping their clients combat cyber liability attacks and their aftermath for well over 10 years. Partnering with a well-versed risk consultant who understands both the pre- and post-cyber breach actions necessary to defend your healthcare organization will provide better organizational resiliency when... Read More >>

NW MedStar names new director

Northwest MedStar, a service of Inland Northwest Health Services, has named Matt Albright as its new director. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and aerospace experience, and has managed community health programs and served as a multi-state director of aircrew safety training. He recently served with the U.S. Air Force at... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center scaling back on transfusions

In 2008, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham launched “Bloodless in Bellingham,” a blood management program which enacted medical practices and surgical techniques to reduce the number of blood transfusions needed at the hospital. Now, after seven years, St. Joseph has cut its transfusion rate roughly in half, marking a large success for the... Read More >>

EvergreenHealth CFO honored at Women of Color Empowered luncheon

EvergreenHealth CFO Chrissy Yamada was selected as one of Northwest Asian Weekly’s Women of Color Empowered luncheon honorees Sept. 18. Three times each year, the award program celebrates women from diverse backgrounds who have broken through race and gender barriers in the workplace. She joined 12 others in accepting the honor. Under Chrissy’s leadership, EvergreenHealth... Read More >>

UW Medical Center keeps transplanted hearts beating

The University of Washington Medical Center Regional Heart Center is one of seven sites nationwide chosen to perform a clinical trial for a new system for transplanting warm, beating hearts. The system has been dubbed “heart in a box,” and it preserves the organ for as long as 11 hours, nearly three times longer than... Read More >>

CHI Franciscan gets funds to report antibiotic use

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist Washington hospitals in reporting antimicrobial use through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Antimicrobial Use and Resistance module. CHI Franciscan Health was recently selected to receive funding to establish NHSN antibiotic use reporting capability in six of... Read More >>

Swimmers make a splash for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Photo by Molly Walsh Seattle Cancer Care Alliance teamed up for the seventh year with the nonprofit Swim Across America for a refreshing swim around Mercer Island to raise money for cancer research. On Sept. 12, more than 300 swimmers took to the water, swimming alongside Olympic medalists, including Mary Wayte, Rick Colella and Margaret... Read More >>

Overlake on forefront of cochlear technology

Overlake Medical Center recently became the first hospital in the state to perform surgery and insert the world’s slimmest cochlear implant, helping a 23-year-old woman regain her sense of sound after suffering substantial hearing loss. The implant, which helps the brain process sound by bypassing damaged cells, is just 3.9 millimeters thick and twice as... Read More >>

Hospitals recognized for newborn screenings

The Department of Health Newborn Screening Program recognized several Washington State hospitals for exemplary performance in meeting timeframes to collect newborn screening blood samples. The hospitals are: Three Rivers Hospital Walla Walla General Hospital Cascade Valley Hospital Mid-Valley Hospital Mason General Hospital Northwest Hospital It is crucial that all newborns are screened for genetic disorders... Read More >>

MultiCare Helps Lead the Way in Detecting Heart Defects in Newborns

In 2008, MultiCare, a WSHA member and Tacoma-based health system, was one of the first hospitals in the state to begin researching the effectiveness of pulse oximetry screening for detecting congenital heart defects in newborns born at Tacoma General. In 2014, six years and more than 18,000 screenings later, the pulse oximtery test became the standard... Read More >>

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