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GroupHealth Foundation awards $300,000 in community grants

The GroupHealth Foundation, which supports GroupHealth in provide care to members and build a healthier community, has awarded $300,000 in community grants to organizations that have innovative programs that provide access to preventative health services. The grants are thanks to the foundation’s year-end giving, which came from patients, staff, corporations, foundation and charitable organizations.... Read More >>

Verdant Health Solutions to host Healthier Community Conference

AWPHD member Verdant Health Solutions will host its Healthier Community Conference from 8:30am-4:30pm Feb. 29 at the Lynwood Convention Center, bringing together several of the Puget Sound Region’s leading experts in health, wellness and community building. The day will focus on personal, workplace and community health, and empowering individuals and organizations to make positive changes to live the healthiest lives possible.... Read More >>

UW Medicine chief health system officer tapped to run UCLA Health

Johnese Spisso, UW Medicine chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington, has been named president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System, and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. Johnese will oversee all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy, effective Feb. 8.... Read More >>

2015 PAC a great success!

Our 2015 PAC campaign was a terrific success, raising more than $210,000 – surpassing our ambitious goal of $200,000! This was the most our PAC has ever raised in a single year. Thanks to these contributions, we have contributed more than $77,000 to state and local candidates and more than $17,000 to federal candidates thus far in the 2015-2016 cycle. We will be giving the majority of the money raised to candidates during the summer of 2016. In the 2013-2014 cycle we were able to give more than $330,000 to local candidates and more than $37,000 to federal candidates.... Read More >>

PeaceHealth helps Medicare patients shed pounds

PeaceHealth Medical Group is offering free one-on-one weight loss counseling sessions to their Medicare patients to help battle obesity. The program, titled “Intensive Behavioral Therapy” (IBT), was developed by Medicare to help those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher keep their weight down. PeaceHealth is offering the service to all its patients with Medicare Part A or Part B coverage who are referred by their primary care provider.... Read More >>

Memorial Family of Services and Virginia Mason affiliation is official

The affiliation between Virginia Mason and the Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, became official on Jan. 1 as expected. The affiliation — a non-cash transaction — became official following regulatory review, making Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital part of Virginia Mason. The organizations signed legal documentation for the affiliation in November.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 1/7/2016

Recent member news from the Jan. 7, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 12/31/15

Recent member news from the Dec. 31, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Cordant Health Solutions offers tips for pain management compliance

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Cordant Health Solutions has some tips for providers to keep compliant with state and federal regulations for pain management. ... Read More >>

Swedish First Hill cuts juice from pediatric menu

Swedish First Hill has removed fruit juice from its routine pediatric menu, and it believes it may be the first in the state — and even the country — to do so. The change is aimed to make hospital stays healthier for their youngest patients, as fruit juice contains high levels of fructose that can be harmful. In the most extreme cases, excessive fructose intake can build up excessive fat in the liver, much like alcohol abuse. ... Read More >>

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