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Apartments for seniors near completion in Valley

Rockwood Retirement Communities, a longtime Spokane provider of senior living options, is branching into the Spokane Valley. Its nearly finished Appleway Court project, at 221 S. Farr Road, is the center’s first venture into low-income senior housing.

Here’s the Dirt: Deaconess renovates for Rockwood staff

Top-to-bottom modernization and build-out projects worth about $7 million are under way at Deaconess Medical Center as the South Hill complex readies more space for Rockwood Clinic doctors and staff. In the basement of the Deaconess Health and Education Center, a 13,880-pound, $1.5 million MRI unit has replaced a smaller, less-powerful unit, Chief Operating Officer Greg Repetti said. Getting the smaller machine out and the larger unit in entailed the temporary removal of a portion of foundation wall, work that has blocked Fifth Avenue.

Here’s the Dirt: New lodge at Girl Scouts camp

Construction of a $1.2 million lodge at Camp Four Echoes, south of Coeur d’Alene, has begun. Pam Lund, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, said crews are trying to make up for time lost to the unusually snowy November.

Inland Cardiology merges with Deaconess

Inland Cardiology Associates has joined Deaconess Medical Center and Rockwood Clinic as the region’s doctor-owned clinics continue to merge with competing hospital systems. The sale of Inland has been widely anticipated. The 12 physicians, eight midlevel providers and 140 employees of Inland work in offices in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, the Tri-Cities, and the Oregon cities of Pendleton and Hermiston.

Free medical services soar at region’s hospitals

Spokane hospitals have given away $53.3 million worth of medical care to the poor during the first nine months of this year as job losses and wage and benefit cuts affect more people. During the same time period last year the hospitals had recorded $36.3 million of charity care.

Room for sick children now at Deaconess

Deaconess Medical Center once again will treat children with influenza, pneumonia and other serious illnesses, reversing a decision five years ago to close its pediatric unit. “All of the employees are very excited to be able to care for children again,” said Ann Seaburg, who directs women’s and children’s service for the hospital.

Rockwood surgeon to join Sacred Heart

As local doctors increasingly align their practices with the region’s competing hospital systems, a busy orthopedic surgeon has left Rockwood Clinic and joined Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Dr. Tim Lovell, a Rockwood surgeon for 18 years, will now lead the Providence Joint and Sports Center.

Rockwood Clinic stops fighting, starts moving

Rockwood Clinic officials have decided to clear out of office and clinical space on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus instead of fighting the hospital’s June 30 eviction notice. In a series of meetings this week with staff, Rockwood executives said a temporary solution may be to perform outpatient surgeries within Deaconess Medical Center, according to employees.

Rockwood will vacate Sacred Heart campus

Rockwood Clinic officials have decided to clear out of office and clinical space on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus instead of fighting the hospital’s June 30 eviction notice.

Sacred Heart boots Rockwood

The Rockwood Clinic will have to vacate 48,000 square feet of offices, patient exam rooms and surgery suites on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus after failing to rework lease agreements. The changes are the latest fallout from Rockwood’s surprise $50 million sale last year to Community Health Systems Inc. to form an integrated health care system with Deaconess Medical Center.

Sacred Heart boots Rockwood from hospital offices

The Rockwood Clinic will have to vacate 48,000 square feet of offices, patient exam rooms and surgery suites on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus after failing to rework lease agreements. The changes are the latest fallout from Rockwood’s surprise $50 million sale last year to Community Health Systems Inc. to form an integrated health care system with Deaconess Medical Center.

Clinic sale details released

Community Health Systems Inc. paid about $50 million to buy Spokane’s Rockwood Clinic from its 77 physician owners. Company executives disclosed the sales price for the first time Thursday during a telephone call with stock analysts.

Surgeon improvises to save lives in Haiti’s chaos

Dr. Mathew Rawlins answered the phone and changed his life. Within hours the surgeon packed his bags, hugged his family and left the comforts of Spokane for the ravages of Haiti, answering a pledge he had made years ago to use his medical skills to save the lives of those wounded by natural disaster.

Local economy didn’t escape the downturn

The economy cast a long shadow over everything in 2009. The recession and efforts at recovery set the scene for top business news in the Inland Northwest, from the shaky ground some banks found themselves on to the gloomy real estate and development environment to the worst jobless rates in a quarter of a century. Here is a summary of the major business stories in the region this year:

Rockwood doctors OK sale

Rockwood Clinic doctors voted Wednesday to sell their medical practice to Community Health Systems Inc. and form a close partnership with Deaconess Medical Center. The transaction will be finalized in the next several weeks. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

Rockwood vote coming up

Rockwood Clinic physicians are poised to boost patient numbers at Deaconess Medical Center and make the hospital more competitive with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Rockwood’s 77 physician owners will vote Dec. 23 on a proposal by Deaconess’ owner to buy the region’s largest multispecialty clinic. The deal is widely expected to pass. Its financial terms have not been released, but a buyout of Rockwood by Community Health Systems Inc. would be a multimillion-dollar shakeup of the region’s medical community.