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Officials: Lakewood psychiatric hospital on track to improve safety

LAKEWOOD — Officials with Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital say they are on track to satisfying federal regulators who threatened to pull millions of dollars in federal funding over concerns about patient safety.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

A little one remembered

Emily-Mae lived just 6 weeks, but love carries her memory on

Date: 11/23/2015 | Local News

Swedish Edmonds opens new emergency department Tuesday

EDMONDS — It may be the most welcoming place you never want to visit.Swedish Edmonds unveiled the hospital’s new emergency department on Saturday.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Federal inspection finds problems at Western State Hospital

LAKEWOOD — Patient-care problems at an 800-bed psychiatric hospital in Lakewood rise to the level of immediate jeopardy, officials say.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest

Mount Vernon, Arlington hospitals merger gets formal approval

ARLINGTON — A proposal that calls for a Mount Vernon hospital to manage Cascade Valley Hospital has been endorsed by the Arlington hospital's board.The deal would mean that Cascade Valley Hospital would merge with Skagit Regional Health, said Clark Jones, Cascade's...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Local News

Everett Clinic moves more departments to Frontier Building

EVERETT — The Everett Clinic is moving many of its support personnel to the Frontier Building at 1800 41st St.The medical clinic plans to move 60 employees by January. The departments include Quality, Human Resources, Marketing, Communication and Training.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Business

Consolidations threaten to drive up costs

One of the mantras behind passage of the Affordable Care Act was that it would somehow increase competition, lowering health care prices.This hasn't happened. Instead, a wave of anti-competitive consolidation has been encouraged. Hospitals have been buying other hospitals or...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Commentary

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is getting a new helistop

ARLINGTON — Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is getting a new helistop in hopes of cutting down transportation times for patients who need critical care.Construction starts Monday across Stillaguamish Avenue from the main hospital building, in a grassy field next to...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Local News

Troops who sought strike thought Taliban had hospital

WASHINGTON — The Army Green Berets who requested the Oct. 3 airstrike on the Doctors without Borders trauma center in Afghanistan were aware it was a functioning hospital but believed it was under Taliban control, The Associated Press has learned.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

Planned Parenthood opens temporary Pullman clinic after arson

PULLMAN — Planned Parenthood has opened for business in a temporary location in Pullman after their clinic was damaged by arson in September.Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho opened the temporary facility Monday. Officials say they’re booked for the next two weeks.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest

Chamber of healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help diabetics heal from wounds

Date: 10/10/2015 | Life

Swedish Edmonds nearly ready to unveil $63.5 million ER, expansion

EDMONDS — Swedish Edmonds CEO Jennifer Graves wears a hard hat and safety vest as she walks through her hospital's still-under-construction expansion."It's amazing how much it changes in just a week," Graves said. "It's kind of phenomenal."

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business

Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after hospital airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people, as street-by street battles continued between government forces and Taliban fighters and officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for civilians...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

A new kind of mammogram

3-D technology finds some hidden cancers but can cost more

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

Pentagon: Hospital bombing situation ‘confused and complicated’

MADRID — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday promised a full and transparent investigation into whether a U.S. aircraft providing support for American and Afghan commandos was responsible for the explosions that destroyed a hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing 22 people.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

First in-patient hospice to open in county

EVERETT — Snohomish County’s first in-patient hospice service is scheduled to open early next year at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, fulfilling a more than decade-long goal to provide specialized end-of-life care.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Local News

Lawsuit: Western State Hospital staff ignored man choking

SEATTLE — Robert Kincaid, a patient suffering from schizophrenia, was lying on the floor in a dayroom at Western State Hospital, choking on a piece of orange for almost eight minutes before staff members stopped to help him, according to a federal lawsuit filed by his older brother.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Falls from open windows increase among infants and toddlers

EVERETT — Snohomish County didn't make it 24 hours into August before a child fell from a window.This year's hotter-than-average temperatures are likely to blame for a rash of recent falls, officials said. Despite prevention efforts, infant and toddler...

Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News

Allergy season was that bad

It started early, and the lack of rain meant more pollen in the air

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News

Driver hurt after hitting 2 parked cars in Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD — A 34-year-old woman suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning after the car she was driving hit a parked car, then rolled over and into another parked car in Lynnwood.

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

Patient at Western State Hospital found dead in bathroom

LAKEWOOD — Lakewood police say they’re investigating after a patient at Western State Hospital was found dead Thursday.Lt. John Unfred says there were no signs of foul play or suicide. The man was found in a portable bathroom on the grounds of the hospital.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

She's been there

New Swedish Edmonds CEO has decades of nursing experience

Date: 07/01/2015 | Business

Spokane hospital’s 8 psychiatric doctors resigning

SPOKANE — Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane is scrambling to hire psychiatrists after its entire team of psychiatric doctors put in resignation notices last month.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

How some states address overuse of ERs

On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms — not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself — spoke of a potentially serious condition. The emergency medical technicians...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State must increase funding for treatment of mentally ill

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded; consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Commentary

Car crashes into Everett Clinic at Harbour Pointe

MUKILTEO — No one was hurt Friday when a car slammed into the Everett Clinic at Harbour Pointe.A woman who appeared to be in her 60s or 70s accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, officials said. It happened around 11 a.m.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Providence nominated for most beautiful hospital in U.S.

Providence nominated for most beautiful hospital in U.S.Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has been nominated in The Soliant Health Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. for 2015. The public may vote as often as they wish. Votes are being...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Bizblog

For embattled young family, finally some good news

Emily Fletcher turns 33 today. The new mom, who was featured in Sunday's Daily Herald, is battling brain cancer while adjusting to parenthood and living with

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

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

Jennifer Graves will lead Swedish Edmonds

EDMONDS — Jennifer Graves, the interim chief executive at Swedish Edmonds, will lose the “interim” designation June 1 and assume the role full time, Swedish Health Services announced Wednesday.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business

The harm in second-guessing first-responders

In the days and weeks that follow a response to a disaster it's expected and necessary that those involved retrace the steps they took and the decisions they made to ensure that needed resources are at the ready, that everyone is trained and prepared and that lines of communication are...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Editorials

Providence nurses overwhelmingly approve contract

EVERETT — Registered nurses at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett have overwhelmingly approved a new contract, bringing an end to a months-long labor dispute that saw nurses handing out leaflets and organizing...

Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News

Choppers out of range

UW concedes helicopters were nowhere near shootings

Date: 04/30/2015 | Local News

Patient suspected of selling meth from Vancouver hospital bed

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Authorities say a woman is suspected of dealing drugs from her Vancouver hospital bed.Sgt. David Chaney of the Camas Police Department says detectives learned that 47-year-old Karin Cole was dealing methamphetamine out of her room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Northwest

Providence hospital, nurses agree on proposed contract

EVERETT — A tentative agreement has been reached in a labor dispute between Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and 1,400 registered nurses.

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Despite auditor’s suggestion, Monroe hospital says no cuts in services

MONROE — The state Auditor’s Office suggests that Monroe’s hospital consider cutting services to improve its financial situation, but the hospital’s chief executive says no such changes are planned.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Local News

Olympus scopes may have infected more patients, Seattle health agency says

LOS ANGELES — More patients across the country may have been infected by medical scopes manufactured by Olympus Corp. than previously thought, health officials warned Monday.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest

Heed Providence nurses’ warning on staffing issues

It was a sea of yellow outside my daughter's hospital room on St. Patrick's Day this year as Providence's nurses held an informational picket to raise awareness of staffing and pay issues. Herald readers may have read that day's story, or seen the picket in person. If so, a friendly...

Date: 03/30/2015 | Commentary

Woman sues scope maker over ‘superbug’ she says she caught at Harborview

SEATTLE — A Washington state woman who says she developed a “superbug” infection at a Seattle hospital has filed a lawsuit against the maker of medical scopes linked to similar infections across the U.S.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest

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

Inspectors: Seattle research institute hurt animals in tests

SEATTLE — Animals used in experiments at Seattle Children’s Research Institute were denied proper care, according to inspection reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Still no contract for Providence nurses

EVERETT — After six months of negotiation, contract talks between Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and 1,400 registered nurses remain deadlocked.The two sides have been unable...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Cascade Valley honors former bond campaign coordinator

Cascade Valley Hospital honors former bond campaign coordinatorThe Board of Commissioners of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics has inducted Connie DiGregorio into its Wall of Fame for her volunteer work in chairing bond campaigns to construct new...

Date: 03/16/2015 | Bizblog

State must restore Medicaid payment rate

Washington's Legislature needs to seize an opportunity this year to ensure continued access to health care for hundreds of thousands of low-income residents by extending reasonable Medicaid reimbursement rates.Health care reform through the Affordable Care Act was designed...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Commentary

Monroe hospital to change name, expand services in new alliance

MONROE — Now it's official. A ceremony scheduled Monday afternoon will formally mark the change in both name and business affiliation for Valley General Hospital.The Monroe hospital will now be known as EvergreenHealth...

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Approve WSU medical school

The need for more doctors, especially primary care physicians, and to have more of them living and working outside the state's major urban areas, is clear.What has been debated recently was whether...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Editorials

Fines levied in death of worker at Swedish/Edmonds hospital

EDMONDS — Two contractors have been fined a total of $56,350 for alleged safety violations in the death of a worker at Swedish/Edmonds hospital in August.The state Department of Labor & Industries on Monday made public its report on the death of 38-year-old Jason...

Date: 02/24/2015 | 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

2 dead, over 170 potentially exposed in ‘superbug’ outbreak at L.A. hospital

LOS ANGELES — Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a “superbug” outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World

Everett Clinic, foundation give $500K to YMCA

EVERETT — The YMCA of Snohomish County has received a $500,000 donation from the Everett Clinic and Everett Clinic Foundation to support the organization's capital campaign.The YMCA is...

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

Unwanted: old car seats

Why it's so hard to keep them out of the landfill

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Everett Clinic adds new doctor

Everett Clinic adds new doctorThe Everett Clinic has welcomed Dr. Daniel Gonzalez-Dilan to its Occupational Medicine department. Gonzalez-Dilan is board certified in occupational and environmental medicine. He completed a residency in family medicine at the...

Date: 02/17/2015 | Bizblog

Being there to care

Visits to Children's Hospital inspire Russell Wilson

Date: 01/28/2015 | Local News

5 in Snohomish County have died during severe flu season

EVERETT — Influenza has killed five adults in Snohomish County, part of an unusually severe flu season that has caused the deaths of 42 people statewide.Locally, the deaths include two Snohomish women, one in her late 70s, the other in her late 80s; a Lynnwood woman in...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Local News

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

Kadlec makes $18 million donation to WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND — Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland is donating $18 million to the nursing program at Washington State University Tri-Cities.The money will be used to hire faculty and possibly expand the school.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

Dottie Thomas dies at 92; helped Fred Hutchinson bone-marrow transplant team

Working as a close research partner with her husband — medical pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Dr. E. Donnall Thomas — Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas helped establish bone-marrow transplants as a standard and successful treatment for many formerly incurable blood diseases such as leukemia.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Northwest

Sitka hospital CEO says he was assaulted, plans to depart

SITKA, Alaska — The CEO of Sitka’s community hospital said he missed a meeting last week because he was assaulted.Jeff Comer said he could no longer stay in Sitka and planned to leave over the weekend.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest

Family of patient sues state hospital after attack

SPOKANE— The family of a Tri-Cities man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom has filed a lawsuit claiming the hospital is at fault.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Northwest

Unusual treatment saves baby at Seattle hospital

SEATTLE — A Seattle baby is home in time for Christmas after local doctors bet on a last-chance, once-discarded treatment that uses liquid, not air, to inflate the collapsed lungs of fragile newborns.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

Casey Kasem’s widow suing Gig Harbor hospital for medical records

TACOMA — The widow of radio legend Casey Kasem is suing a hospital for the medical records of the last weeks of his life.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

Family of man who died at Oregon hospital sues

SALEM, Ore. — The family of a patient who died at the Oregon State Hospital in January is suing the state, alleging his death was a result of hospital staff retaliation after he reported sexual abuse at the facility.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Northwest

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

Click with your doctor

Online videos help patients get to know doctors

Date: 12/17/2014 | Business

Interim Swedish Edmonds CEO named

EDMONDS – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Jennifer Graves, chief executive officer of Swedish Ballard, as the interim CEO of Swedish Edmonds. Graves will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, with the retirement of current CEO David Jaffe.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business

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

Evidence refutes claim about chopper availability after MP shootings

MARYSVILLE — It was a story that grew wings and has persisted despite mounting evidence the conclusions were wrong.

Date: 12/07/2014 | Local News

Event raises more than $300,000 for Providence Autism Center

More than 620 guests attended the Providence General Foundation's Festival of Trees Gala Dinner and Auction on Thursday evening in the Tulalip Resort Casino's Orca Ballroom. More than $300,000 was raised during the event's "Fund a Need" donations, which will support the new...

Date: 12/06/2014 | Local News

Lights for a cause

Festival of Trees benefits Providence children's services

Date: 12/03/2014 | Local News

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