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MultiCare Health System names Mueller as new Rockwood Clinic president

MultiCare Health System has chosen Bryan Mueller as the new president of Rockwood Clinic. Mueller will start at Rockwood on Feb. 5. He’s currently the chief operating officer of Swedish Medical Group and chief executive of Swedish Mill Creek and Redmond Ambulatory Care Centers in the Puget Sound region.

Ex-Rockwood CFO can sue clinic bosses

OLYMPIA – A former executive of Rockwood Clinic who said he resigned rather than falsify a financial statement can sue his former bosses for wrongful termination in state court, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday. Gregg Becker, the clinic’s former chief financial officer, isn’t barred from a state lawsuit by the federal laws that govern publicly traded companies like Community Health Systems Inc., which owns the clinic, the court said in a 6-3 decision.

Former Rockwood Clinic doctor charged with unprofessional conduct

A former doctor at Rockwood Clinic is facing state charges of unprofessional conduct for allegedly writing multiple drug prescriptions for two prostitutes with whom he had sex. The women were described as patients of Dr. Lewis J. Meline, who lists his specialty as obstetrics and gynecology. But Meline never treated either woman in a clinical setting, performed diagnostic tests or kept medical records, according to the Washington Department of Health.

SUV crashes into optical shop

An SUV crashed through an optical building in central Spokane this afternoon, sending a man inside to the hospital.

Spokane doctor, expert hiker, dies in fall

Dr. Richard Byrd, a Spokane pulmonary specialist and globetrotting adventurer, died last Tuesday after suffering a blow to the head in a fall while on the coast of Cuba. Byrd, 82, was traveling with his wife, Laurie, and a group led by National Geographic Expeditions. The adventure travel organization has clearance to lead Cuba cultural trips that include U.S. citizens, who are otherwise restricted from entering the nation.

Former Rockwood CFO suing clinic

Rockwood Clinic’s former chief financial officer has filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the large medical practice of attempting to force him into filing misleading financial reports. When Gregg Becker refused, Rockwood fired him, according to a companion lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages.

Some Medicare patients could face insurance ouster

Group Health Cooperative says it plans to drop Medicare patients who are not enrolled in a supplemental plan that costs an additional $20 a month. It’s a step the Seattle-based managed care company has been considering for years as Medicare’s fee-for-service reimbursements don’t adequately fund nor fit Group Health’s integrated care model, said Dr. Tom Schaaf, medical director of the organization’s Eastern Washington operations.

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 what they call an integrated health care delivery system under the common corporate ownership of Community Health Systems Inc.

Rockwood Liberty Lake project nears completion

Rockwood Clinic continues its 2011 expansion. After recently opening an Airway Heights clinic, the Spokane-based care provider has begun building a new clinic in Liberty Lake. The 12,000-square-foot clinic is at the completed-shell stage, at 1326 N. Stanford Lane.

Google Health shutdown affects 280 in Spokane

A Google Health pilot program to collect and manage personal health records for some Spokane residents will shut down Jan. 1. The closure will affect about 280 Spokane patients who were using Google Health in conjunction with 1HealthRecord, an online system to connect medical information to health providers.