Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, April 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Day 60° Clear


Everything tagged

Sort by:

Stories tagged: hospitals

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

MultiCare Valley Hospital receives perfect rating for patient care from federal government

The five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is based upon patient surveys as well as performance data reported to the federal government. It’s the first time …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …

Daylight Saving Time stumps hospital record-keeping

Modern technology has helped medical professionals do robot-assisted surgeries and sequence genomes, but hospital software still can’t handle Daylight Saving Time.

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Shriners Hospitals for Children reduces Spokane staff, focuses on growing outpatient load

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane is reducing its staff by about 10 percent as it converts to a “micro hospital” with more focus on outpatient care.

Then and Now: Sacred Heart School of Nursing

In the late 1890s, Spokane’s three hospitals – Deaconess, Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s – had a shortage of trained nurses.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Deaconess, Valley hospitals’ ratings improve in federal evaluation

Multicare’s Deaconess and Valley hospitals received a four-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a December 2017 evaluation, signifying improvement in the quality of care …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence St. Joseph in merger talks with St. Louis-based hospital chain

Providence St. Joseph Health, the Renton-based owner of Spokane-area hospitals and clinics, is in talks with Ascension Health of St. Louis about a possible merger, the Wall Street Journal has …

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. JFK assassination, Nov 27, 1963

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 …

U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour …

Veterans hospital officials removed over care allegations

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed two top officials at New Hampshire’s only veterans hospital and ordered a review of the facility starting Monday amid allegations of “dangerously substandard …

Health care bills imperil regional economy

Congress should work on improving the ACA, not returning the country to a time when millions more Americans lacked health care coverage.

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 …

Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

Religious hospitals don’t have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that affects retirement benefits for roughly a million workers …

British hospitals hit with possible cyberattack

Hospitals across England canceled appointments and turned away patients Friday after suffering an apparent cyberattack.

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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.