Whether it was the balloons or the lively rendition of “Happy Birthday,” it was impossible to miss the party room on the seventh floor of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Wednesday morning. It was East Valley High School math teacher Roger Jamison’s birthday. Or rather, his stem cell birthday.
The man killed early Tuesday in a police chase had a history of eluding and assaulting officers. But why Jacob I. Dorfman, 52, led officers on a chaotic race through a South Hill neighborhood, crashing through fences and tearing across manicured yards in a Jeep Grand Cherokee remains a mystery. Dorfman is believed to be the same man who a short time earlier had paced shirtless around a nearby intersection screaming and shooting a pistol, prompting nervous neighbors to call 911 about 1:20 a.m.
One of Brian Cronin’s physical therapy clients is in her 80s and is still skiing. Another is middle-aged, recovering from a water skiing injury. Another is a middle-school-age girl with Olympic gymnast dreams. Cronin is the co-owner of U-District Physical Therapy, which started eight years ago, focused on sports-related therapy for high school and college athletes. With an aging, yet increasingly active population, Cronin has seen his business and the physical therapy industry expand.
COLVILLE – The scene about a mile from U.S. Highway 395 might look picturesque: a small herd of horses, standing peacefully in the gently falling snow, tucked into the evergreen landscape. A closer look reveals a different story.
The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Spokane County has plummeted over the past three years. The number of such deaths in the county has dropped 40 percent, comparing three-year time spans from 2006 to 2008 and 2009 to 2011.
According to local gun distributors, the only benefit of President Barack Obama’s attempts at gun control is that guns are flying off the shelves. “If he was looking for a way to completely deplete the stock of firearms in the country, he’s succeeded,” one Spokane Valley gun store owner said.
Pastor Nick Hawkins showed up to church Sunday morning to anything but a peaceful sanctuary. Doors were kicked in. Glass was scattered everywhere. Fire extinguishers had been sprayed all over the walls and floor. Music equipment was drenched in soda.
An unsecured karaoke machine caused Eastern State Hospital to lose its accreditation last month, according to a report released by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. The suspension of the Medical Lake psychiatric hospital’s accreditation came a month after one patient strangled another patient in November. The report stemmed from a routine inspection of the hospital, but it took the homicide into account.
As influenza sweeps the nation, local health officials are bracing for the season’s peak to hit the Inland Northwest. While most of the nation is seeing elevated flu activity, the western part of the country is only now starting to see notable outbreaks. Washington is among 16 states with moderate flu activity levels. Five states, including Idaho, have had low activity levels.
The nation’s largest gay rights magazine has ranked Spokane as the third-gayest city in the nation. Two other Washington cities made the top five, including Seattle at No. 5 and Tacoma leading the way as the gayest city in the nation.
Hospice of North Idaho will pay $50,000 as part of a settlement with the federal government regarding a stolen laptop computer that contained patient information. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the hospice in Hayden, said there is no evidence patient information was lifted from the computer and used. The breach, however, violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Smile, you’re on drunk-driver camera.
In an effort to increase accountability for those with a history of driving while intoxicated, all alcohol ignition interlocks in Washington will be equipped with a camera starting Jan. 1.
Eastern State Hospital’s accreditation has been suspended after a patient strangled another patient last month. The nation’s foremost medical accreditation organization, The Joint Commission, determined last week that the hospital for the mentally ill in Medical Lake allowed patients too much access to items that could be used for strangulation.
One side of Kathleen and Charles Hagy’s west Spokane home looked just like a house should on the afternoon of Christmas Eve: intact with an inch of snow glistening in the sun. The other half – boarded up with a tarp covering the roof – reflected the horror the family endured after the home caught fire early Monday morning.
A new addition to Mt. Spokane’s ski lodge is giving powder hounds a new place to kick it between runs and the nonprofit business an opportunity to stay competitive in a region saturated with slopes. The 3,000-square-foot space, spread out over two floors, features renovated garage and rental areas and a 100-seat lunch spot attached to the existing cafeteria.
The Spokane Regional Health District is reminding everyone to get a pertussis vaccine along with a flu shot after a King County infant died from whooping cough last week. Health district spokeswoman Kim Papich said the death was the first in the state this year due to pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, which is still at an epidemic level.
Eastern Washington’s major trauma hospital is set to open a new emergency room designed to cut wait times for patients. The $18.6 million project at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center includes a new, separate children’s emergency center with 17 beds, along with six other beds for children and adults with psychiatric emergencies. The existing ER has been remodeled to better handle the flood of patients seeking care.
A group of local men and women are on a mission to make sure no one ever forgets what happened Dec. 7, 1941. In that spirit, eight of the region’s remaining Pearl Harbor survivors took to Riverfront Park on Friday to commemorate those lost when the Japanese attacked the Hawaii naval base 71 years ago.
Police are investigating two suspicious deaths, one of a man in an alley and another a woman in a house, reported Friday just four blocks apart in the West Central Neighborhood. Capt. Dave Richards of the Spokane Police Department’s investigations unit said there is “nothing to indicate (the cases) are related.”
After waiting months, years and even decades, the last few hours and minutes of anticipation were joyful. The dozen or so same-sex couples who were among the first to receive marriage licenses in Spokane County on Thursday spent their time in line taking pictures and chatting about families, love stories and wedding plans.