Stories tagged: Community Health Systems
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Hospitals accused of billing the poor instead of offering state-mandated charity care
Washington’s attorney general has filed lawsuits against hospitals in Tacoma and Olympia, accusing them of withholding charity care from thousands of low-income patients. The litigation follows a similar lawsuit filed …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Gamma Knife sues former Deaconess owner, alleging more than $500,000 in missed payments
Gamma Knife Spokane has sued Deaconess Hospital’s former owner, accusing hospital officials of bilking the company out of more than $500,000 in insurance payments.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 9:58 p.m.
MultiCare finalizes purchase of local hospitals, Rockwood Clinic
MultiCare Health System will wrap up the $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic on Saturday, ushering in a new era for health care in the …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals says it will contest lawsuit over charity care spending
The owner of Deaconess and Valley hospitals said it will “vigorously contest” a lawsuit alleging it shorted local charity care spending by up to $110 million.
UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Lawsuit alleges Deaconess, Valley hospital owner shorted community millions in charity care
Deaconess and Valley hospitals’ owner failed to provide up to $110 million worth of charity care promised to low-income patients during its tenure in Spokane, according to a lawsuit filed …
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 11:38 a.m.
MultiCare names chief executive for Eastern Washington as $425 million purchase of Rockwood Health advances
Dr. David O’Brien, a veteran health care executive from California, will oversee MultiCare Health System’s operations in Eastern Washington.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 7:51 a.m.
Yakima medical group will pay $4.5 million settlement in charity care case
Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and its parent company have agreed to a $4.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the hospital’s charity care practices.
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 5:47 p.m.
Judge awards former Rockwood CFO $1.9 million in whistleblower accounting complaint
A judge awarded Rockwood’s former chief financial officer $1.9 million this week
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 5:47 p.m.
Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals exploring options for troubled company
Community Health Systems Inc., a troubled U.S. hospital chain with a market value of about $1.4 billion, said it’s exploring a variety of options with its financial advisers.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Local impact unknown in Community Health Systems downsizing
The company that owns Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic plans to sell off 12 medical centers following a rocky financial performance over the past year.
Fri., Sept. 18, 2015
Ex-Rockwood CFO can sue clinic bosses
OLYMPIA – A former executive of Rockwood Clinic who said he resigned rather than falsify a financial statement can sue his former bosses for wrongful termination in state court, the …
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
Cyberattack hits Rockwood
Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The theft includes information from CHS’ Rockwood Health System …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014, 5 p.m.
Hackers steal patient info from parent company of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess and Valley hospitals
Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.
Mon., May 19, 2014
Providence turns to online interpreters
Providence Health, the region’s largest medical service provider, has turned to online interpreters to help non-English-speakers receive care from nurses, doctors or therapists. The Providence network recently announced that more …
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014, 11:51 a.m.
Hospitals backpedal on request for city ethics probe
Deaconess and Valley hospital officials are abandoning their request for an ethics investigation of three Spokane City Council members who used city letterhead to express concerns about medical staffing levels …
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013
Valley Hospital turns away nurses, others after strike
Valley Hospital has locked out at least 80 nurses and other employees in the aftermath of Wednesday’s one-day strike and the hiring of temporary replacement workers. The lockout will be …
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013
Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days
Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …
Sat., Nov. 16, 2013
Deaconess, Valley hospital nurse strike plans on hold
About 1,100 unionized nurses, medical techs and service staff at Deaconess and Valley hospitals have postponed plans for a one-day strike this month. However, the strike could be rescheduled unless …
Wed., June 12, 2013
Valley Hospital contesting Providence center
Valley Hospital is fighting its rival’s effort to build a large outpatient surgical center on its Spokane Valley turf even as construction crews continue work. The state’s Certificate of Need …
Sat., March 23, 2013
Vestal: Healthy paycheck can be measured in Smith-years
Twenty-one million dollars. If, during the travails of life, you encountered health problems that required fixing at Deaconess, and if you found yourself dismayed at the cost of the care, …
Sun., March 17, 2013
Providence, CHS have split Spokane’s health care system
Ten years ago, doctors called the shots when it came to health care in Spokane. Most owned their practices or plied their specialties in larger clinics. They freely referred patients …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
Facility now Deaconess Hospital
Deaconess Medical Center is undergoing a subtle name change to reflect its partnership with Rockwood Clinic. The two health care providers, along with Valley Hospital and Medical Center, have established …
Sat., April 2, 2011
Providence’s purchase of heart centers derailed
Providence Health Care’s plan to buy two large cardiology practices in Spokane may have been abandoned in the wake of a ruling by federal antitrust regulators. The Federal Trade Commission …
Fri., March 11, 2011
INHS case reaches settlement
Deaconess Medical Center has severed its 17-year partnership stake in Inland Northwest Health Services as part of a lawsuit settlement announced Thursday. The governing board of INHS will now be …
Tue., Feb. 22, 2011
Empire Health Foundation will distribute funds to combat obesity
The region’s largest charitable foundation plans to spend $800,000 this year fighting obesity and addressing how Eastern Washington can best care for the mentally ill. In addition, the Empire Health …
Thu., Dec. 16, 2010
Patients caught in hospital politics
These are the places where the fragility of life is on full display. Dozens of babies born months early, too little and too weak to breastfeed, their tiny lungs unable …
Sun., Nov. 28, 2010
Free medical services soar at region’s hospitals
Spokane hospitals have given away $53.3 million worth of medical care to the poor during the first nine months of this year as job losses and wage and benefit cuts …
Fri., Nov. 5, 2010
Room for sick children now at Deaconess
Deaconess Medical Center once again will treat children with influenza, pneumonia and other serious illnesses, reversing a decision five years ago to close its pediatric unit. “All of the employees …
Thu., Aug. 12, 2010
Tentative contract stops hospital strike
Unionized health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will vote on a new labor contract today and Friday. Details of the tentative agreement that …
Wed., Aug. 11, 2010, 5:52 p.m.
Hospitals, workers reach tentative agreement
Unionized health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will vote on a new labor contract Thursday and Friday. Details of the tentative agreement that …