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Yakima hospital to affiliate with Seattle’s Virginia Mason

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will proceed with an affiliation with Virginia Mason Health System.The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the Memorial Hospital board voted Tuesday to proceed with the deal, subject to an agreement that would need to be approved by both boards.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest

Hooping for a record

Hula hoopers get rained out during quest for Guinness

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Protect access to health care

With Medicare and Medicaid turning 50 on July 30, it is worth asking: How have the programs changed, and how have they changed the country and Washington?The first major change? Easy: size. More than 19 million Americans enrolled in Medicare during its first open enrollment...

Date: 07/25/2015 | Commentary

Representatives of 72 organizations pledge to help county get healthy

EVERETT — More than 400 people representing local business and nonprofit organizations launched an ambitious effort Thursday: to improve the health of people living in Snohomish County in the next five years.It involved more than words, though. Representatives of 72...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

A better place to be

Mary Toews recognized for her work in sharing arts with youth

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Vapor trails

Electronic smoking sparks new questions

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

Summit’s goal: Improve health, quality of life

EVERETT — Hundreds of leaders in medicine, business, government and social services plan to gather next week to kick off an initiative that could reshape the way health care is viewed and practiced in Snohomish County.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Providence needs you to help break hula hoop record

Can you hold your own when it comes to hula hooping?

Date: 07/14/2015 | Life

'Stunning' increase in teen suicides in Snohomish County

EVERETT — Health officials have documented a sobering statistic in Snohomish County: 13 young people, including two 12-year-olds, have committed suicide since September.That's more than double the number in recent years, according to the

Date: 06/24/2015 | Local News

Take a walk on the gutsy side

Women's Expo raises awareness of colon cancer

Date: 06/23/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Health officials considering ban of public 'vaping'

EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District wants to hear from the public about a proposed ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.If approved, Snohomish County would join four other counties — King, Pierce, Grant...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

Nominations sought for 'ChangeMaker' award

EVERETT — A new organization plans to honor someone who has helped make his or her community a better place, and it's asking for help to find nominees.The Institute for a Healthier Community, based at Providence Regional Medical...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at meeting

CHICAGO — With one out of four U.S. doctors older than 65, the American Medical Association adopted a plan Monday to help decide when it’s time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Nation & World

UW Medicine apology adds new layer of confusion

MARYSVILLE — UW Medicine has apologized privately for misleading the public after the fatal shootings at Marysville Pilchuck High School.The letter was sent May 7 to Marysville's fire chief. It was signed by...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News

How to recognize when drinking becomes a problem

Joe has been increasing his alcohol use for several years, and now he's drinking an entire bottle of wine or more, four to five nights a week. He doesn't think he's impaired; after all he's built up a high tolerance. But his family is angry and embarrassed. Joe doesn't drink at work, so...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Life

New chief medical officer starts job in Monroe

MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe announced that it has named Dr. Jack Handley as the organization's new chief medical officer. He started the job on Monday. Handley assumes the role after serving as an EvergreenHealth medical staff officer for the past five years, an...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Business

Vaccine best way to halt pertussis’ spread

As you have likely seen in the news, we are seeing an explosion of whooping cough (pertussis) cases statewide. Here in Snohomish County, there have been 40 confirmed cases since January and most of those have happened in the last few weeks. To put that into perspective, there were only...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Commentary

State health officials warn of whooping cough outbreak

EVERETT – Public health officials say they’ve seen “an explosion” of whooping cough cases in Snohomish County and are urging people, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Feds spending $5 million to discourage hipsters from smoking

WASHINGTON — The federal government spent millions of dollars in recent years to discourage tobacco use among hipsters through a program that recommends “styling your sweet mustache” and listening to music “no one else has heard of” as good alternatives to smoke breaks.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World

Cascade Valley, Skagit Regional Health team up with UW Medicine

ARLINGTON — Cascade Valley Hospital, an independent, tax-supported hospital, has announced plans for a business deal that would have the hospital leased and operated by Skagit Regional...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Support YMCA’s good works in county

The YMCA of Snohomish County has launched its annual community support campaign to ensure that everyone in Snohomish County has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.Every day, the YMCA...

Date: 03/16/2015 | Commentary

Finally, support

The Arc offers relief for mom struggling to help her son

Date: 03/15/2015 | Life

Briefs: Learn Spanish for the health care workplace

Learn Spanish for the health care workplaceLearn essential Spanish vocabulary and phrases common in the health care workplace in order to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients on a basic level. This workshop is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 3 and 4 at...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Bizblog

Snohomish County has close call with measles-infected visitor

EVERETT — A visiting California woman contagious with measles potentially exposed at least 173 people in Snohomish County to the virus over a three-day period in late December and early January, health officials say.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News

Family sues Marysville nursing home for negligence

MARYSVILLE — The family of a woman who was treated at the Marysville Care Center is suing the nursing home, claiming that the treatment she received there was negligent and led to her death.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Local News

County's last independent hospital seeking business partnership

ARLINGTON — Talks between Cascade Valley Hospital and PeaceHealth for a business partnership unexpectedly broke off last summer.Now the Arlington...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Local News

Bill would drop vaccination exemptions based on 'personal belief'

When state Rep. June Robinson of Everett thought of the issues she wanted to focus on in this year's session, rewriting rules for vaccinations wasn't one of them.But outbreaks of flu and measles changed her mind.On Wednesday, she

Date: 02/06/2015 | Local News

Providence nurses turn to leafleting to air contract grievance

EVERETT — Registered nurses at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, whose contract expired in October, are taking their case to the public through informational leafleting.Money,...

Date: 02/05/2015 | Local News

Support Y's building projects

As the YMCA of Snohomish County builds new facilities in the next few years for the Stanwood-Camano Island area and for Everett, expect to see the building of healthier communities at the same time.The YMCA was...

Date: 01/26/2015 | Editorials

State must budget more for long-term care

The release of Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed two-year budget brought some grim news for many of our state's most-vulnerable residents lost in the budgetary shuffle.While budget components for education, transportation and the climate each warranted their own days, full of a...

Date: 01/18/2015 | Commentary

Seattle health center pays state $3.65 million to settle probe

SEATTLE — A health center that provides services to the poor and minority residents in 10 counties has agreed to pay $3.65 million to settle an investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

Date: 01/17/2015 | Northwest

Do no harm to medical care

Doctors, when taking the Hippocratic Oath, swear to "First, do no harm." It's an oath Washington legislators might do well to repeat to themselves as they consider health-care funding issues in the state's operating budget.Groups representing the various aspects...

Date: 01/14/2015 | Editorials

What replaces Obamacare if its foes win?

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread. While the health reforms were safely humming along, there was little political price for demanding their demise. Thanks to...

Date: 01/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Western, Snohomish Family a natural fit

A doctors’ office with strong ties in Snohomish this month is joining Western Washington Medical Group, one of the largest in Snohomish County.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Business

Western Washington Medical, Snohomish Family Medicine to partner

EVERETT — Western Washington Medical Group has announced that Snohomish Family Medicine is joining its multi-specialty group on Jan. 2.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Business

First reported flu deaths include woman in Snohomish County

Health officials reported the first two influenza deaths in Washington this season, one of whom was a woman from Snohomish County.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Valley General's name to change in final step to partnership

MONROE — Valley General Hospital, whose history dates to the 1890s, will change its name to EvergreenHealth Monroe in March, the final step in consummating an alliance...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Obamacare does benefit the middle class

Few truly appreciate the enormous economic benefits the Affordable Care Act will deliver to the American people over time, the middle class included. But you'd expect New York's seasoned Democratic senator, Charles Schumer, to "get it" rather than belittle the 2010 federal...

Date: 12/02/2014 | Opinion Columnists

At last, transparancy, albeit accidental, on Obamacare

It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor...

Date: 11/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Justices hold fate of Obama’s health care reforms in their hands

So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all.It has nine members and it operates out of a marble building directly across the street from the Capitol.When the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would take up another challenge to the...

Date: 11/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Snohomish County Ebola plan in the works, just in case

EVERETT — On the rare chance that someone with Ebola shows up in Snohomish County, paramedics, hospitals, clinics and public health experts would be faced with a contagious, dangerous disease unlike anything they've ever seen.That's why they've been quietly working...

Date: 11/10/2014 | Local News

First a heart, next a kidney

Young artist's drawing to be featured on calendar

Date: 11/08/2014 | Local News

Mobile medical clinic now plans dental office in Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD — The Puget Sound Christian Clinic started by providing low-cost health care from a medical van that made stops in Snohomish and Edmonds.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Local News

With Ebola, maybe we ought to trust officials over experts

"I would not be inclined to make a political decision on something as serious as Ebola," Gov. Jerry Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci on Monday. By Wednesday, California had joined New Jersey and New York in mandating 21-day quarantines for people...

Date: 11/03/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Treat Ebola workers as heroes, not pariahs

The best way to protect Americans from Ebola is by stopping the virus at its source.That's why President Obama has committed up to 4,000 U.S. military engineers, logistics specialists and public health trainers and $1 billion in funding to help eradicate the virus in West...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Commentary

Look for changes to Medicare enrollment

Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that this year — perhaps more than any year in the past — is an important one to pay attention to their Medicare coverage options during the Open Enrollment Period, now through Dec. 7. And that's because of the...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Commentary

Risk justifies inconvenience of quarantine

No, it was not OK that Dr. Craig Spencer ran around New York City upon his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Among other activities, he took the subways, went bowling in Brooklyn, strolled the crowded High Line park and patronized a meatball joint in Greenwich Village.

Date: 10/28/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Quality of U.S. hospices varies; patients, families left in the dark

WASHINGTON — More than a million times a year, a terminally ill patient in the United States is enrolled in hospice care. Each time, the family confronts a decision that, while critical, often must be made almost blindly: Which hospice to hire?

Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World

Ebola czar has two jobs and one big problem

The trick to appointing an Ebola czar — a decision that President Barack Obama got mostly right in naming veteran Democratic operative Ron Klain — is that the two problems this "czar" is supposed to solve are close to opposites.The first challenge is...

Date: 10/26/2014 | Commentary

Taking steps to hold down health care costs

Washington is one of the most efficient states in the nation when it comes to the delivery of cost-effective health care. However, new statewide analysis shows that many patients still receive unneeded and expensive care. This excess care dramatically adds to the cost of health care...

Date: 10/21/2014 | Commentary

Partisanship taking a toll on medical research

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, administered a dose of truth to political Washington last week.For this honest service, Collins was pilloried.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Panic is natural but more dangerous than Ebola itself

Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin."I started to feel giddy,"...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Fracking for a cure? Komen 'pinkwashes' oil industry

Helping find a cure for cancer or "pinkwashing" carcinogenic pollution?That is the question being raised upon the news that one of the world's largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Thorough explanations best vaccine against Ebola panic

Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts — especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — agree to get their stories straight.They should begin by giving a better explanation of why they have concluded it...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Ebola is forcing a choice between security and liberty

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who...

Date: 10/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Screening for Ebola helps the nerves, if not the disease

The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:Should people in developed countries worry about Ebola? In a word, no. But that doesn't mean they won't. So government officials are justified in responding to the anxiety -- so long as dealing with the panic doesn't...

Date: 10/11/2014 | Commentary

Action needed on education, access to care

In 1990, Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise such awareness. Since then, people across the country have joined together during that week to boldly advocate for...

Date: 10/11/2014 | Commentary

Preemptive strikes

Genetic tests are a rising weapon against breast cancer

Date: 10/05/2014 | Local News

Skagit program tailors cancer treatment to each patient

The Skagit Regional Health Breast Institute, funded in part through $600,000 in grants from Safeway, realizes that breast cancer treatment is not one size fits all. The team examines and discusses each case to develop a treatment plan tailored to the uniqueness of each...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Help in her corner

Alliance of medical care helped Lake Stevens woman fight cancer

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

State auditor questions health district’s accounting procedures

A state Auditor’s Office review of the Snohomish Health District found significant deficiencies in the internal controls in last year’s financial reporting, according to a recently released report.

Date: 10/04/2014 | Local News

The gamble in Obamacare’s cost shifting

In between police crackdowns there are special attractions on New York City’s crowded sidewalks. The most common of these are the “Shell Game” and its playing card offspring, “Three Card Monte” — and they are designed to separate the gullible from their money.

Date: 10/03/2014 | Business columnists

Bra shop's a lifesaver

How a chance stop helped an Everett woman beat cancer

Date: 10/01/2014 | Life

Health care overhead is costing us big bucks

Americans spend more than $9,000 apiece on health care every year. Ouch, you say. But how does it feel to know that more than $1,000 of that sum goes to administrative costs? Or that Americans spend more than $210 billion a year on the health insurance claims system?

Date: 09/28/2014 | Business Wire

Clinic to offer more help for new moms in Edmonds

EDMONDS — A non-profit clinic here soon will begin offering prenatal and other help to moms — part of an expansion of services paid by a federal grant to the Community Health Center of Snohomish County.The two-year grant of...

Date: 09/23/2014 | Local News

29 children now thought to have resurgent D68 virus

The number of Washington children suspected of having a respiratory virus that is sweeping the nation has increased to 29, including children from Snohomish and Island counties, state Department of Health officials said Friday.

Date: 09/12/2014 | Local News

Regents approve pursuit of medical school in Spokane

SPOKANE — Washington State University’s board of regents on Friday unanimously approved the administration’s controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state.

Date: 09/12/2014 | Northwest

Doing more with less

Providence gets creative to give care to those who need it most

Date: 08/28/2014 | Local News

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