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Fertility clinic adds Spokane Valley office

Thu., Jan. 30, 2014, midnight

A Seattle fertility clinic has added a Spokane Valley office with a medical staff of eight people.

SRM Spokane, which opened in October, is the fifth location statewide operated by Seattle Reproductive Medicine. The first location in Seattle opened in 2004.

The Valley clinic is at 15920 E. Indiana Ave. The staff includes one doctor, an embryologist, a registered nurse, two medical assistants, one andrologist, a nurse practitioner and an office manager. A second physician will join the team this summer, said Brad Senstra, SRM’s executive director.

Its services cover the gamut of fertility options, including in vitro fertilization and surgical procedures.

Senstra said the move to Eastern Washington reflects the growing number of patients from this side of the state who were traveling to Seattle for services.

“Spokane and that region are large enough that we felt the area was a bit underserved,” he said.

The expansion was assisted by Greater Spokane Incorporated. GSI staff worked with a site selector from Seattle to identify possible Spokane locations for SRM.

Spark Solutions gains MICROS rights

A Utah company, Spark Solutions Group, has acquired the distribution rights for the MICROS point-of-sale software service used in many Spokane-area restaurants.

The previous distributor in Spokane was Direct POS, based in Boise. Spark Solutions did not disclose what it paid for the rights, acquired at the same time it also gained distribution rights for Boise retail businesses.

Spark Solutions acquires more than 300 retail business clients in the deal, said a company spokeswoman.

In addition to providing the software running registers and sales tracking, Spark provides 24-hour technical support for businesses.

Spark also operates a MICROS distributorship in Salt Lake City. The two new locations bring its customer support staff to more than 50, said Randy Gunter, a company spokesman.

Hecla’s silver production increases 39 percent

Hecla Mining Co.’s silver production jumped 39 percent last year, following the reopening of the Lucky Friday Mine.

The company produced 8.9 million ounces of silver in 2013 from its Greens Creek Mine in Alaska and the Lucky Friday, which is in Mullan, Idaho. The underground silver mine reopened in early last year after a 14-month shutdown for federally mandated cleaning and repair of its primary shaft.

The Lucky Friday’s cost of producing silver was $19.21 per ounce last year, as a result of the production ramp up and winter weather that hampered production in December.

Hecla plans to release its 2013 financial results on Feb. 19.

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