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Valley Hospital adds new cardiac test

Valley Hospital has expanded services to heart patients with a new diagnostic testing procedure. The hospital recently started offering cardiac catheterization, which helps doctors detect blocked arteries in the heart, and allows them to measure the heart’s blood flow and pressure in the chambers.

Hoopfest draws crowds despite 102-degree heat

They drank a lot of water. They wrapped their heads with wet towels. They sat in the shade close to fans and misting stations. Some found sanctuary between games in air-conditioned spaces. But those at Hoopfest never seemed to consider staying home to avoid Saturday’s record-breaking 102-degree heat.

Medical providers opening facilities as more are insured

Health care organizations are investing millions of dollars in emergency and urgent care centers across the Spokane region to treat the growing number of patients who have gained insurance and access to health care. CHAS Health will open two clinics this year to help meet a growing demand for health care from the newly insured.

Rockwood Health System offering new insurance plan

The Rockwood Health System is expanding into the insurance business by offering plans to Spokane-area companies and employees that would erase co-pays and deductibles. The moves are designed to tighten the financial and medical bonds between Rockwood, businesses and patients, according to the company. The plans could result in cost savings to businesses and employees as Rockwood becomes more vertically integrated, offering insurance plans, primary and specialty care through its network of clinics, and hospital care with its Deaconess and Valley hospitals.

Cyberattack hits Rockwood

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The theft includes information from CHS’ Rockwood Health System in Spokane, which is made up of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Hospitals backpedal on request for city ethics probe

Deaconess and Valley hospital officials are abandoning their request for an ethics investigation of three Spokane City Council members who used city letterhead to express concerns about medical staffing levels during an ongoing labor dispute.

Doug Clark: Street Music Week hit whole new high

Before we strike up the band and make the big confetti mess, I’d like to explain why the 11th annual Spokane Street Music Week should be remembered as the year of happy accidents.

Providence buys practice

Providence Health Care has strengthened its medical reach in Stevens County by buying the rural area’s largest physician practice. The Colville-based Northeast Washington Medical Group, with 26 doctors, seven advanced practitioners and 118 employees, joined Providence last week. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Providence announces expansion into Valley

Providence Health Care has staked a claim in Spokane Valley with plans to open a $58 million medical campus. The region’s largest health care company, with 275 doctors on the payroll and more than 7,000 employees across Eastern Washington, decided the time is right to build on 11 acres along Interstate 90 east of Sullivan Road.

Valley Hospital enjoys financial success while expanding

As health care careens between pending reforms and soaring costs, Valley Hospital has quietly succeeded. It is the smallest of the city’s four main hospitals, an outpost that has often struggled to convince people in Spokane Valley and the surrounding area that it can meet most medical needs ranging from delivering babies and replacing worn-out knees, to setting broken bones and treating cancer.

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.