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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Medical debts erased for 17,000 former Deaconess, Valley patients

The debt relief comes from a settlement between the Empire Health Foundation and Community Health Systems, which owned the Spokane-area hospitals from 2008 to 2017. On average, those benefiting from …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Settlement erases $50 million in medical debt for thousands of former patients at Deaconess, Valley hospitals

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems will forgive up to $50 million in debt for people who received treatment at the Spokane-area hospitals between Nov. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2017, when …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Hospitals accused of billing the poor instead of offering state-mandated charity care

Washington’s attorney general has filed lawsuits against hospitals in Tacoma and Olympia, accusing them of withholding charity care from thousands of low-income patients. The litigation follows a similar lawsuit filed …

Gamma Knife sues former Deaconess owner, alleging more than $500,000 in missed payments

Gamma Knife Spokane has sued Deaconess Hospital’s former owner, accusing hospital officials of bilking the company out of more than $500,000 in insurance payments.

UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

MultiCare finalizes purchase of local hospitals, Rockwood Clinic

MultiCare Health System will wrap up the $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic on Saturday, ushering in a new era for health care in the …

UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals says it will contest lawsuit over charity care spending

The owner of Deaconess and Valley hospitals said it will “vigorously contest” a lawsuit alleging it shorted local charity care spending by up to $110 million.

UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017

Lawsuit alleges Deaconess, Valley hospital owner shorted community millions in charity care

Deaconess and Valley hospitals’ owner failed to provide up to $110 million worth of charity care promised to low-income patients during its tenure in Spokane, according to a lawsuit filed …

UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

MultiCare names chief executive for Eastern Washington as $425 million purchase of Rockwood Health advances

Dr. David O’Brien, a veteran health care executive from California, will oversee MultiCare Health System’s operations in Eastern Washington.

Yakima medical group will pay $4.5 million settlement in charity care case

Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and its parent company have agreed to a $4.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the hospital’s charity care practices.

Judge awards former Rockwood CFO $1.9 million in whistleblower accounting complaint

A judge awarded Rockwood’s former chief financial officer $1.9 million this week

Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals exploring options for troubled company

Community Health Systems Inc., a troubled U.S. hospital chain with a market value of about $1.4 billion, said it’s exploring a variety of options with its financial advisers.

Local impact unknown in Community Health Systems downsizing

The company that owns Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic plans to sell off 12 medical centers following a rocky financial performance over the past year.

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

Hackers steal patient info from parent company of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess and Valley hospitals

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

Providence turns to online interpreters

Providence Health, the region’s largest medical service provider, has turned to online interpreters to help non-English-speakers receive care from nurses, doctors or therapists. The Providence network recently announced that more …

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 …

Valley Hospital turns away nurses, others after strike

Valley Hospital has locked out at least 80 nurses and other employees in the aftermath of Wednesday’s one-day strike and the hiring of temporary replacement workers. The lockout will be …

Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days

Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …

Deaconess, Valley hospital nurse strike plans on hold

About 1,100 unionized nurses, medical techs and service staff at Deaconess and Valley hospitals have postponed plans for a one-day strike this month. However, the strike could be rescheduled unless …

Valley Hospital contesting Providence center

Valley Hospital is fighting its rival’s effort to build a large outpatient surgical center on its Spokane Valley turf even as construction crews continue work. The state’s Certificate of Need …

Vestal: Healthy paycheck can be measured in Smith-years

Twenty-one million dollars. If, during the travails of life, you encountered health problems that required fixing at Deaconess, and if you found yourself dismayed at the cost of the care, …

Providence, CHS have split Spokane’s health care system

Ten years ago, doctors called the shots when it came to health care in Spokane. Most owned their practices or plied their specialties in larger clinics. They freely referred patients …

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 …

Providence’s purchase of heart centers derailed

Providence Health Care’s plan to buy two large cardiology practices in Spokane may have been abandoned in the wake of a ruling by federal antitrust regulators. The Federal Trade Commission …

INHS case reaches settlement

Deaconess Medical Center has severed its 17-year partnership stake in Inland Northwest Health Services as part of a lawsuit settlement announced Thursday. The governing board of INHS will now be …

Empire Health Foundation will distribute funds to combat obesity

The region’s largest charitable foundation plans to spend $800,000 this year fighting obesity and addressing how Eastern Washington can best care for the mentally ill. In addition, the Empire Health …

Patients caught in hospital politics

These are the places where the fragility of life is on full display. Dozens of babies born months early, too little and too weak to breastfeed, their tiny lungs unable …

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 …

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 …