Stories tagged: hospitals
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, midnight
Limbo puts health care in harm’s way
If congressional Republicans are determined to proceed, they need to announce a definitive strategy soon. If they don’t have a better way, they need to say so, and then find …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, midnight
Why hospital patients go to nursing homes with poor ratings
The selection of a nursing home can be critical: 39 percent of facilities have been cited by health inspectors over the past three years for harming a patient or operating …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, midnight
Laughing gas makes a comeback as option for pain relief in labor
Nitrous oxide – what many know as laughing gas from the dentist office – is growing in popularity as a way to provide pain relief during childbirth.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
Hospital industry warns of ‘crisis’ if health law is repealed
The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
Providence Health agrees to settle pension plan lawsuit
A Renton-based health care system has agreed to pay $351.9 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its employee pension plan.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:02 a.m.
Tech swapped fentanyl for saline solution, Iowa hospital says
A Des Moines hospital says a pharmacy tech has admitted that he removed a potent painkiller from hundreds of vials and replaced it with saline solution.
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, midnight
Hospitals fall short on palliative care
Most hospitals offer palliative-care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment while providing emotional support and assistance in …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 11:29 a.m.
Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo amid government assault
The two largest hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo were bombed Wednesday, knocking them out of service and worsening an already dire medical crisis in the besieged city, medical …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 4:35 p.m.
Single bedbug found at Sacred Heart Medical Center, hospital says
A single bed bug was recently found at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s emergency department, hospital officials said Monday.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Former state Rep. Ahern files Spokane initiative banning pot near churches, health care facilities
John Ahern wants churches with child care facilities and hospitals added to the list of locations that require a 1,000 foot buffer zone from marijuana businesses. The City Council has …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 5 p.m.
Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts
Thousands of attacks in recent years on medical facilities in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have killed hundreds in brazen violation of humanitarian norms.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
Hospitals fear rise in readmissions
A federal pilot program that’s helped keep local high-risk Medicare patients at home and healthy while reducing hospital readmission rates ended this week, but not the community resolve to help …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 7:33 p.m.
Massive generators kept hospitals going during last year’s windstorm
Massive generators kept the region’s largest hospital operating for nearly 17 hours after last year’s windstorm.
Sun., Feb. 16, 2014, midnight
Rural, small hospitals may get break from federal rule
Rural and small hospitals across the Inland Northwest may soon see relief from a federal rule that critics argue could stretch physicians too thin and could lead to fewer medical …
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 …
Thu., Aug. 22, 2013, midnight
Public hospitals with maternity care must offer abortion
OLYMPIA – Public hospitals that provide maternity services must also provide access to contraception and abortion, even if they contract with a private company that bars such services, state Attorney …
Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, midnight
Providence buys practice
Providence Health Care has strengthened its medical reach in Stevens County by buying the rural area’s largest physician practice. The Colville-based Northeast Washington Medical Group, with 26 doctors, seven advanced …
Thu., June 28, 2012, midnight
Spokane appears to have cluster of sepsis patients
Hospitals are struggling to stop a killer. Sepsis, the body’s last resort against infection, is commonly referred to as blood poisoning as the body overreacts to an infection in ways …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2012, 2:07 p.m.
Sacred Heart gets go-ahead to expand
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will be allowed to add 75 new patient beds under a legal settlement reached today.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2011, midnight
Providence layoffs reach 172
Providence Health Care has accepted 172 voluntary layoffs as part of its move to cut $61 million from its operating budget next year. Most of the employees worked at Sacred …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2011, 8:49 p.m.
Providence cuts 172 jobs through voluntary layoffs
Providence Health Care has accepted 172 voluntary layoffs as part of its move to cut $61 million from its operating budget next year.
Sun., Dec. 18, 2011, midnight
Talk at federal, state levels alarms rural hospitals for future
Many of Eastern Washington’s small hospitals are bracing for cutbacks as federal and state governments look to save money. Consider Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Chewelah: On any given day …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 1 p.m.
Study: Worst hospitals treat larger share of poor
The nation’s worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks …
Sun., April 17, 2011, midnight
First steps taken in 1886 to build hospital that only needed name
Nearly 125 years ago, Spokane’s first hospital had a plot of land, a cornerstone and a plan for the future. The only thing it didn’t have, embarrassingly, was a name.
Tue., Nov. 30, 2010, 1:52 p.m.
Wash. state hospitals post surgery infection data
Thanks to a new state law, the Washington State Hospital Association is now posting hospital-by-hospital surgery infection data online.
Sun., Nov. 28, 2010, midnight
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 …
Wed., Nov. 10, 2010, midnight
Spokane hospitals require flu-fighting steps by staff
Most hospitals in Washington state – including all six in Spokane – are requiring staff to get immunized against the flu or take other hospital-approved measures to protect patients against …
Mon., Aug. 23, 2010, midnight
Kootenai Health CEO reflects on hospital’s growth, future
Kootenai Health CEO Joe Morris is retiring after 36 years heading North Idaho’s largest hospital. He prides himself on creating a secure work environment by never laying off employees and …
Thu., July 22, 2010, midnight
Merger to create heart institute
Providence Health Care and two Spokane-based cardiology groups announced Wednesday they will merge this fall to create a national center that could become a destination for patients seeking state-of-the-art heart …
Fri., June 18, 2010, midnight
Deaconess owners appeal Sacred Heart expansion
The owners of Deaconess Medical Center have appealed a settlement struck between state regulators and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center that allows Sacred Heart to add 75 patient beds. It …