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H1N1 clinics put on hold

Health officials are postponing H1N1 vaccinations across the Inland Northwest, as shipments of the vaccine fall further and further behind. On Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Health District postponed three clinics …


Callers inundate health district’s phone lines

Thousands of people swamped the phone lines at the Spokane Regional Health District on Monday to schedule appointments for vaccinations against the H1N1 virus. The health district expected to fill …


Health district swamped with swine flu calls

The Spokane Regional Health District has been overwhelmed with calls from people seeking to make appointments for swine flu vaccines, the agency said this morning.


Schools districts vary on H1N1 vaccine

Students in North Idaho’s public and private schools will bring home permission slips this week to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at school. Panhandle Health District is working with schools …


Officials report increase in SIDS

A spike in the number of sudden infant deaths – 13 in the past 18 months – has prompted health officials to warn parents of dangers posed to babies by …


Spike in SIDS deaths prompts warning

A worrisome spike in the number of sudden infant deaths – 13 in the past 18 months – has prompted health officials to remind parents about the dangers posed to …


Flu shots now available at health district

Seasonal flu shots are now available through the Spokane Regional Health District by appointment, and officials are recommending the shots prior to flu season, which could come as early as …


County reports swine flu death

Spokane County reported its first swine flu death Monday, as public health officials prepare for the possibility of widespread infections this fall. Tests confirmed Monday that a woman in her …


Methadone clinic cutting uninsured patients

A tight budget is prompting Spokane County to cut two dozen uninsured people from its methadone treatment program and will slam shut the possibility that 22 more uninsured drug addicts …


Drug suspected in death

Health officials suspect that contaminated cocaine has killed one Spokane woman and sickened three others in the area. A muted response by the Spokane Regional Health District – which knew …


Spokane man is among those with probable swine flu

Health officials announced Wednesday night that a Spokane man likely has contracted the swine influenza virus that has caused widespread concern and warnings of a pandemic across the globe. They …


After two years, district hires new health officer

Dr. Joel McCullough was hired Thursday as health officer for Spokane County. He will start May 1. The Spokane Regional Health District board voted unanimously to hire McCullough, a former …


Spokane finally has a health officer

Dr. Joel McCullough has been hired as health officer for Spokane County, ending a two-year search to replace the ousted Dr. Kim Thorburn. McCullough will start May 1.


Ex-Chicago public health official offered long-vacant regional post

After 2 ½ years without a public health officer, the Spokane Regional Health Board decided Friday to offer the job to an epidemiologist who served as a senior executive for …


Cuts reaching state’s ‘most vulnerable’ kids

Government spending cuts are unraveling safety nets that help foster children in Spokane County receive medical care. It’s another blow to the critical help offered to at-risk children, poor pregnant …


State cuts hit child welfare programs

Government spending cuts are unraveling safety nets that help foster children in Spokane County receive medical care.


Our View: City lacks means to impose smoking ban in parks

One by one, public spaces have been ventilated of tobacco smoke that once was taken for granted. Airplanes, workplaces, sports arenas, teachers’ lounges, even bars and restaurants, are smoke-free. The …


Health district finalists selected

Two physicians have been selected as finalists to lead the Spokane Regional Health District after a 2 1/2-year vacancy. Health board members have scheduled a special meeting for March 13 …


Plan would put more doctors on health board

Even as the Spokane Regional Health District board contemplates changing its management structure to take the top job away from a medical professional, state Sen. Chris Marr is going a …


Health district may split top job

After two years of searching and struggling to hire a new health officer, the Spokane Regional Health District board voted Thursday to reopen the debate over whether a physician should …


Health officer applicants hard to find

Nearly a year after firing Dr. Kim Thorburn, the Spokane Regional Health District is having trouble finding candidates to replace the former health officer. More than a month of searching …


District delays restructuring decision

A decision expected Thursday about whether to restructure the Spokane Regional Health District has been postponed for at least two weeks. Too many board members will be absent from the …