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  • Facility now Deaconess Hospital

    Deaconess Medical Center is undergoing a subtle name change to reflect its partnership with Rockwood Clinic. The two health care providers, along with Valley Hospital and Medical Center, have established …


  • Quick, slick slope sends sledders to ER

    More than 30 people visited the Valley Hospital and Medical Center emergency room last weekend with sledding injuries ranging from broken shins to fractured spines. “They were almost exclusively from …


  • 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 …


  • Empire Health Foundation awards grants

    The Empire Health Foundation has awarded $424,000 to nonprofit organizations. The grants are the first from the foundation, created in 2008 from the sales proceeds of Deaconess Medical Center and …


  • Proposed contract gives raises to union workers at hospitals

    Unionized health care workers will continue voting today on a new contract that would award pay raises of at least 3 percent at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and …


  • Tentative contract stops hospital strike

    Unionized health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will vote on a new labor contract today and Friday. Details of the tentative agreement that …


  • Hospitals, workers reach tentative agreement

    Unionized health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will vote on a new labor contract Thursday and Friday. Details of the tentative agreement that …


  • One-day strike expected at Deaconess and Valley

    Union employees are set to strike Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center today in a one-day action as contract negotiations lag. Negotiations were still in progress with …


  • In brief: Hospital workers set strike date

    Nurses and health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital plan to strike for one day beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. Hospital managers say the two …


  • Workers at Deaconess, Valley hospitals vote to strike

    Union workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center have voted to authorize a one-day strike against the facilities because of alleged unfair labor practices.


  • Hearing set for hospital-labor fight

    A labor fight pitting Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center against their unionized health care workers spills into a triallike hearing next week. The National Labor Relations …


  • I-90 crash results in only minor injuries

    A Spokane Valley man suffered only minor injuries Saturday when his pickup crossed the median of Interstate 90 just east of Liberty Lake and struck a semi-truck head-on, according to …


  • Man knifed at transient encampment

    A 47-year-old man was cut on the throat Monday evening in a drunken dispute at a Spokane Valley transient camp. The victim was taken to Valley Hospital and Medical Center, …


  • Man cut during fight at transient camp

    A 47-year-old man was cut on the throat Monday evening in a drunken dispute at a Spokane Valley transient camp.


  • Hospital marks 40 years

    Valley General Hospital was so much a part of the fabric of the Valley when it opened 40 years ago that many residents still call it that, even though the …


  • Pickets target hospital company

    Unionized employees are holding informational pickets critical of Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. They accuse the new owner of the hospitals of cutting retirement benefits, raising …


  • Seeking firm foundations

    It was hard to find any good economic news last year, yet Spokane businessman Mike Senske did. He is leading the new philanthropic foundation created with $79 million from the …


  • Sale of hospitals complete

    After months of regulatory review, public hearings and a last-minute lawsuit that threatened to derail the transaction, the deal hailed as the last chance to save a struggling hospital system …


  • Providence to drop lawsuit

    Providence Health Care plans to withdraw its lawsuit against Empire Health Services amid worries that the litigation would stop the sale of Deaconess Medical Center. Community Health Systems, which has …


  • Hospital sues over shared assets

    The company that owns Sacred Heart Medical Center sued the current owner of Deaconess Medical Center on Thursday, asking the court to rule on assets the two hospital systems share. …


  • Increased charitable care closes Deaconess deal

    The buyer of Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to more generous charitable care guidelines for the hospital. It’s a move that seals state regulatory approval of the $156 million takeover, …


  • Buyer appoints hospital executive

    Community Health Systems has appointed Dennis Barts as chief executive officer of Deaconess Medical Center in anticipation of finalizing its acquisition of the hospital this fall. Barts has 20 years …


  • Crowd urges hospitals’ sale

    Taking over Deaconess Medical Center would be a big task, even for Community Health Systems Inc., a deep-pocketed corporation admired for its management skills and profitability.


  • Rival questions hospital sales

    The nonprofit that operates Sacred Heart Medical Center is worried that the proposed takeover of Deaconess Medical Center by for-profit Community Health Systems may risk funding for local health programs …


  • Council endorses Empire sale

    In other business Tuesday, the council heard a report about the proposed sale of nonprofit Empire Health Services, which operates Valley Hospital and Medical Center, to for-profit Community Health Systems …


  • Coalition questions bidder’s Empire plans

    Community Health Systems’ plan to purchase Empire Health Services leaves some questions unanswered and lacks a firm commitment from the buyer to the public’s interest, according to a review of …


  • Auditor will examine Empire Health assets

    Washington state officials have hired a large auditing firm to ensure the $156 million sale of Empire Health Services is fair. It’s a move applauded by watchdog groups concerned that …


  • Empire suitor criticizes delay

    Community Health Systems criticized the state of Washington for taking “an inordinately long period of time” to scrutinize the takeover of Empire Health Services, contributing to the financial problems of …


  • Empire Health’s value erodes

    Financial losses and troubled national credit markets have lowered the value of Empire Health Services and trimmed the $172 million that Community Health Systems Inc. is offering for Empire’s two …


  • $100 million foundation hinges on hospitals’ sale

    A possible new $100 million foundation focused on Spokane health care needs is spurring hope among charitable organizations accustomed to scratching for dollars to pay for programs ranging from wellness …

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