It’s been five years since MultiCare entered the health care market in Spokane County, purchasing Deaconess and Valley Hospitals from Community Health Systems halfway through 2017 and turning the vast majority of the region’s care into a nonprofit landscape.
Healthcare providers from Kootenai and Spokane counties held drills Thursday to prepare for the transport of a patient with a highly infectious disease to the unit at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center designed to treat special pathogens. The practice is intended to prepare the hospital, and the region, for the next potential pandemic.
Some Washington health care providers are looking at expanding their abortion services to serve those who might travel to get procedures from other states, in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court potentially overruling Roe vs. Wade.
A modest increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations means people at high risk of severe disease from the virus should consider taking more precautions, including wearing masks again, health officials said.