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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: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Mike Taylor, civil engineer with ties to health care and academic communities, dies at 75

Taylor continued working for the city up until his death, overseeing 13 construction projects at Spokane’s Riverside Water Reclamation Facility intended to drastically reduce pollutants flowing into the Spokane River.

100 years ago in Spokane: Construction of Kirtland Cutter-designed Deaconess Hospital begins

Work on the new Deaconess Hospital, on the south side of Fourth Avenue at Post Street, was beginning.

100 years ago in Spokane: Founder of Deaconess movement honored at Spokane convention as hospital prepares for new six-story building

Lucy Ryder Meyer, the founder of the Deaconess movement – which led to the creation of Deaconess Hospital in Spokane and other organizations across the country – was in town …

100 years ago in Spokane: Hospitals train women to be nurse’s aides at World War I battlefront

All three of Spokane’s hospitals announced plans to train young women as nurse’s aides for the French battlefront.

Ronald McDonald House family room close to ready at Deaconess hospital

The Ronald McDonald House in Spokane, which has been housing families with children being treated at local hospitals since 1987, is finishing up a new family room at MultiCare Deaconess …

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 …

MultiCare names leadership teams for local hospitals, Rockwood Clinic

MultiCare Health System has announced its leadership team for Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic. Laureen Driscoll will become the next president of Deaconess Hospital.

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.

Spokane cardiologist using new absorbable stents to treat patients with coronary artery disease

A cardiologist at Deaconess Hospital has become the first in Spokane to use a

UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Deaconess adds laughing gas as pain management option during labor

Women giving birth at Deaconess Hospital now have a new option for pain management: laughing gas.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017

Deaconess heart surgeon first in state to use new technique

Dr. Hassan Tehrani performed “sutureless” heart surgery on a patient in December, the first surgery since the FDA approved the procedure last August.

Spokane area welcomes first baby of the new year in the wee hours

Long after the fireworks had exploded, the boisterous yelling had quieted and the excitement fizzled, Crystal Morford took part in a different kind of celebration, welcoming her daughter and the …

Deaconess, Valley hospitals buyer: ‘We’re committed to it being a good thing for Spokane’

The future owners of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess and Valley hospitals were in town Friday and Saturday to talk about what the sale will mean for the Spokane area.

Deaconess, Valley hospitals and Rockwood Health System sold for $425 million to Tacoma-based MultiCare

A Tacoma-based nonprofit announced late Thursday that it plans to purchase Rockwood Health System, which includes Rockwood Clinic as well as Deaconess and Valley Hospitals.

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.

Photo of local premature baby breast-feeding goes viral

After months of a difficult pregnancy that ended when her daughter was born nearly three months premature, Keri Putt was filled with emotion when she was finally able to breast-feed …

Bill inspired by Spokane murder-suicide urges mental health help

Police officers could recommend mental health professionals contact a person who has threatened

Deaconess to open stand-alone ER in north Spokane

Deaconess Hospital is opening a standalone emergency department on Division Street to serve patients in the rapidly growing North Spokane cooridor.

Deaconess workers’ jobs in jeopardy over union dues

Four Deaconess Hospital employees say their jobs are being threatened because they didn’t pay union dues during a nine-month period when there wasn’t a labor contract between the hospital and …

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting at hospitalized inmate

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell ruled Tuesday that a Spokane County detention officer was justified in shooting at a fleeing jail inmate inside Deaconess Hospital in July. Detention Officer Sandy …

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 …

Only one local source for ‘off-label’ treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy began as a treatment for deep-sea divers suffering from “the bends,” expanded in use for wound care and a few other conditions and gained notoriety as one …

Two Washington bills would get mentally ill help quicker

OLYMPIA – Seeking treatment for Washington’s mentally ill may soon become easier. The House Appropriations Committee passed two bills Friday that could involve mental health experts more quickly when friends, …

‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says

OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …

Deaconess, Valley hospitals show emergency room wait times on billboards

Deaconess and Valley hospitals have launched a visible new ad campaign to tout their emergency room wait times. Billboards – three in Spokane and three in Spokane Valley – post …