Stories tagged: hospitals
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 …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
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 …
Mon., July 17, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
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 …
Wed., June 28, 2017
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 …
Mon., June 5, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
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 …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 8:50 a.m.
British hospitals hit with possible cyberattack
Hospitals across England canceled appointments and turned away patients Friday after suffering an apparent cyberattack.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 …