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Providence consolidates all of its local anesthesiogists into new Spokane unit

The area's largest hospital group had acquired two anesthesia groups who were working at its two Spokane hospitals.

Providence Medical Group announced buying the units at Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Holy Family and combining them into a new unit.

That new operation is called Providence Anesthesia Services. It has 39 anesthesiologists and 94 CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists).

The new medical director for the group is Dr. Alan Rietz. Dr. Phil Ogden will be associate medical director.

Providence Medical Group of Eastern Washington includes more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners.

Inland Imaging spins off its own tech services company, Nuvodia

Spokane’s growing Inland Imaging LLC has spun off an IT subsidiary, Nuvodia, with plans to become a nationwide provider of technology integration and services.

During a Thursday breakfast hosted by Spokane group Connect Northwest, Nuvodia’s CEO Jon Copeland said the need for reliable, secure technology services in health care is similar to the growing “smart grid” effort across the energy industry.

Nuvodia — a name chosen to suggest “new day” — was incorporated the start of this year. But Copeland said its website and formal launch will come on June 1.

While health care is the obvious first focus, Nuvodia will also extend into other sectors, including accounting and energy, Copeland said.

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Former hospital CEO to manage airport

Spokane International Airport directors today nominated former Providence Health Care chief executive Ryland “Skip” Davis to be interim manager.

If approved by the Spokane City Council and County Commissioners, he would replace Neal Sealock, who is retiring after five years in the position to pursue a Ph.D.

The board accepted Sealock’s resignation today.

Davis retired as head of Providence in 2008. A pilot who owns an airplane hangared at Felts Field, he said he has monitored aviation issues for years. 

Davis said he will serve while the board conducts a national search for a permanent replacement, but added “I don’t intend this to be a caretaker kind of period.”

He said he wants to draw more attention to the airport’s potential as an economic driver for the region.

Area hospitals score above-average in ‘most wired’ survey

The publication Hospitals and Health Networks revamped its method of coming up with its 99 “most wired” U.S. hospital list. It claims it’s created a more accurate set of surveys given to medical IT directors asking questions on clinical quality, patient safety, continuum of care and business and management functions. It just released the results at its site.

If you live in the Inland Northwest and Spokane area, you have your pick, since nearly every hospital within 150 miles of downtown Spokane made the list. The Spokane group include Deaconess Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, and Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

Coeur d’Alene’s Kootenai Medical Center also made the top-99 group.

In the list’s separate category for small and rural facilities, the regional  “most wired” list includes:

  • Providence Mt. Carmel, in Colville.
  • Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Chewelah.
  • Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman.
  • Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, Colfax.
  • Mid-Valley Hospital, in Omak.
  • Samaritan Hospital, Moses Lake.

 

Should Legislature step into Spokane hospital fight?

OLYMPIA – The dispute between Spokane’s two biggest hospitals spilled over into the legislative session Tuesday as a Senate panel considered changing a law that would determine how a judge could settle any impasse.

The dispute involves Inland Northwest Health Services, a non-profit jointly operated by the companies that own Sacred Heart and Deaconess medical centers. INHS operates an electronic medical records system, an air ambulance service and other systems shared by the two hospitals as well as other hospitals, clinics and doctors in Spokane and around the region.

Each has a vote on the INHS board, but can’t agree, which presents the region with a dilemma, State Rep. John Driscoll, D-Spokane. said. Under state law, if a non-profit board is deadlocked and takes the dispute to Superior Court, a judge has few options other than dissolving the corporation.

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