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Almost two dozen Spokane-area nonprofits and other organizations involved with COVID-19 relief efforts will receive $500,000 from the managers of MultiCare Health System’s Inland Northwest Region’s Community Partnership Fund.
More than 50 new stuffed animals were donated for infants in MultiCare Deaconess Hospital's NICU. The gifts were collected by a Spokane Valley mom, Andrea Berndt, and her adult daughter, Stephanie Berndt, to honor Andrea Berndt's second child, Ashley, who died in 1989 at 8 weeks old from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Washington's hospitals are prepared with plans and processes to accommodate more COVID-19 patients this fall, although they'd prefer residents take distancing and masking measures seriously to prevent further surge.
Spokane Valley resident Mauricea Bozarth credits her commitment to a regular mammogram to catching breast cancer early, just before the pandemic. But she almost put it off from being busy. During the pandemic, the weekly number of breast cancer diagnosis from screenings had dropped nearly 52% by August.
The Tacoma-based health care provider estimates somewhere around 300,000 patients and donors to their charitable arm may have been included in information stolen by data thieves targeting an online fundraising partner earlier this year. Those whose data may have been compromised are receiving notifications right now in the mail and via email.
Starting Oct. 3, MultiCare Rockwood Clinic says it will offer seasonal flu shot clinics on Saturdays for its established patients. In addition to flu shots offered during regular facility hours, the designated flu shot clinics for its current patients will be at four locations.
Greg Repetti, president of MultiCare Valley and Deaconess hospitals, believes patient and staff safety is of utmost importance.
Live performance is like walking for Bryan White, who normally is on the road at least 200 dates a year. However, White has only had two shows since the pandemic changed everything in March. The country singer-songwriter performed in Panama City, Florida, and Dallas in June.
Ken Sylvester knows he survived a "widowmaker" heart attack on June 27 because of a speedy medical response. After unbearable chest pain struck in the early morning, it took less than an hour from emergency responders' arrival.
Hoopfest has been canceled, but the spirit of the tournament will carry on at a few neighborhood courts around the city.
From modest beginnings, Spokane Valley General Hospital (now MultiCare Valley Hospital) has continued to grow since it opened in a snowy February in 1969.
The virus threatening the health of the population is also threatening the health care system. In Spokane – where a large part of our population relies on government health insurance and a large part of our workforce is employed in health care – that means a lot of added pressure on hospitals that have already been losing money.
MultiCare announced an expansion of its heart institute on Monday, with the addition of 10 physicians from Heart Clinics Northwest.
Providence Health & Services also hasn’t ruled out requiring some of its workers to take furloughs, an increasingly common tactic among health providers who are starting to see the pinch of postponed procedures and less crowded exam rooms amid the pandemic.
MultiCare doctors in the midst of clinical trials feel optimistic about two different COVID-19 treatments: remdesivir and convalescent plasma. For the latter, if you’ve recovered from coronavirus, you can help.
Expectant families are struggling to stay abreast of hospital policies, in communication with their health care team, guard their own health and deal with uncertain finances in the face of high unemployment rates and unsafe working environments.
Health officials have not said where the hospitalized patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms are located, instead focusing on other, more aggregated data to make health decisions. Hospital administrators say the information provided is done so with patient privacy in mind, even as global tech firms begin collecting information of the movement of people and their symptoms.
Both large hospital systems in Spokane, Providence and MultiCare, are shifting staff and bringing in more workers to help prepare to treat more COVID-19 patients.
A MultiCare Valley Hospital nurse who has tested positive for COVID-19 wants people to take Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home order seriously because she has little idea as to how she contracted the novel coronavirus.
Primary and specialty care providers in the region have made temporary adjustments for seeing patients and postponed routine visits in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.