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Modern surprise: hospital gift shops

My Sunday story was about the updated image of hospital gift shops. So if you're visiting someone at the hospital and forgot a gift, duck in. You might be surprised what gift shops now sell.

From the story:

Many retail stores are ailing in these tough times. But the gift shops at Providence Sacred Heart and Deaconess Hospital enjoy healthy revenues, thanks to changing trends in retail and health care and the buy-local movement.

(S-R photo by Colin Mulvany)

INW: Caught In Hospital Politics

Three-year-old Hudson Kramer kisses his 6-month-old little sister Lily, as his mother Brandy Kramer holds Lily’s twin sister Dahlia at their home in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The babies were born premature and Dahlia needed surgery. The family became caught in a hospital dispute that has split a surgical group in Spokane. SR story by John Stucke here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka)