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 >>

PeaceHealth welcomes new CEO

Liz Dunne will take over as president and CEO of PeaceHealth Nov. 1. She is currently a community CEO for Providence Health & Systems South Bay region in Calif.; she will take over for Alan Yordy, who retired in June after 25 years with PeaceHealth. She has a master’s degree in business and computer resource... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. John helps mentor young riders at bike rodeo

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview recently teamed up with the Longview Police Department to hold a bike rodeo, teaching more than 50 local children the essentials of bike safety. The hospital’s trauma department provided free bike helmets and fittings, and offered bike safety checks. Teen volunteers set up obstacle courses for the younger... Read More >>

Kittitas Valley Healthcare highlights positive changes

Kittitas Valley Healthcare recently developed a video that explains the transition to preventative, team-based health care at the hospital, and how it improves patient health and the quality of the care patients receive. This emphasis aligns closely with other initiatives, such as Healthier Washington, to make real advances in the health of the entire population. Watch... Read More >>

PeaceHealth Southwest unveils breast cancer awareness boat

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Kearny Breast Center has a new way to celebrate cancer survivors. Last month, the hospital unveiled a donated pink dragon boat dedicated to life after breast cancer, taking it to Vancouver Lake for a Zen Buddhist blessing and an inaugural lap around the water. The boat will make several community appearances... Read More >>

Breastfeeding-friendly hospitals help create ‘Healthiest Next Generation’

Breastfeeding can give babies a healthy start in life. Hospitals play an important role in helping mothers start and continue breastfeeding. A new state program, Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Hospitals, recognizes hospitals that are taking steps to support breastfeeding. “We know that babies are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives if they breastfeed for at least six months,” said state Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Hospitals that encourage and support breastfeeding are helping to raise the healthiest next generation. Expectant parents will soon have an easier time finding out how breastfeeding-friendly their local hospital is thanks to the Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospitals program.”... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 18, 2015 – Hospital History: Navy Hospital Corps celebrates 117 years

In 1898, President William McKinley signed the bill that established the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. It began with 25 pharmacists, and has since multiplied in both scope and impact to include doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical service corps officers. From the Revolutionary War, to recent overseas operations in Iraq, Hospital Corpsmen have been present at every pivotal moment in... Read More >>

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