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One-day strike expected at Deaconess and Valley

Union employees are set to strike Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center today in a one-day action as contract negotiations lag. Negotiations were still in progress with …


In brief: Hospital workers set strike date

Nurses and health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital plan to strike for one day beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. Hospital managers say the two …


Workers at Deaconess, Valley hospitals vote to strike

Union workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center have voted to authorize a one-day strike against the facilities because of alleged unfair labor practices.


Hearing set for hospital-labor fight

A labor fight pitting Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center against their unionized health care workers spills into a triallike hearing next week. The National Labor Relations …


Deaconess owners appeal Sacred Heart expansion

The owners of Deaconess Medical Center have appealed a settlement struck between state regulators and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center that allows Sacred Heart to add 75 patient beds. It …


Hospitals look for options as more use ER as instant appointment

Emergency rooms in Spokane are busier than ever as annual visits to the four main hospitals have topped 230,000. What’s driving the numbers? Though the swell of uninsured and poor …


Rockwood plans to merge surgery center into Deaconess

The Rockwood Clinic has unveiled plans to merge its outpatient surgery center and employees into Deaconess Medical Center.


Fugitive accused of assaulting Deaconess nurse

A Maryland fugitive described by local police as a “one-man crime wave” is accused of assaulting a nurse at Deaconess Medical Center on Wednesday night. Ricky W. Everett, 33, appeared …


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. …


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.


Hospitals spar anew over beds, facilities

Deaconess Medical Center is continuing its efforts to derail expansion plans of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, this time telling state hospital regulators that even a scaled-back expansion is unnecessary. …


16 heart patients get new lease on life

KIGALI, Rwanda – Felicite Mukarubuga’s hands trembled as she took the pen and consent forms. The 22-year-old Rwandan woman listened while Dr. Hal Goldberg of Spokane Cardiology thoroughly explained a …


Hospital feud prompts legislation

OLYMPIA – The Legislature came closer to stepping between two feuding hospital organizations in Spokane by changing laws that govern what happens when the board of a nonprofit corporation deadlocks. …


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 …


Volunteer finds niche in ER

For more than 50 years, South Side resident Lynn Leithe has donated her time, energy and enthusiasm volunteering at Deaconess Medical Center emergency room. “I call myself a go-fer so …


Hospital impasse prompts bill

OLYMPIA – A dispute between Spokane’s two hospital systems spilled over into the legislative session Tuesday as a Senate panel considered changing a law that would determine how a judge …


INHS billing fight flares

Inland Northwest Health Services plans to pull its electronic records staff out of Deaconess Medical Center as a multimillion dollar fight over unpaid bills worsens. Tom Fritz, chief executive of …


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 …


Rockwood-Deaconess vote set Dec. 23

Rockwood Clinic physicians are poised to boost patient numbers at Deaconess Medical Center and inject a fresh dose of competition with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.


Robotic surgery programs grow at region’s hospitals

Three regional hospitals have recently added new robotic surgery systems. The da Vinci-brand robots enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures. Common surgeries include those for some cancers, as well …


3 Inland NW hospitals add robotic surgery systems

Three regional hospitals have recently added new robotic surgery systems.


Community Health objects to suit

The company that owns Deaconess Medical Center contends that a lawsuit filed against it last month by Spokane-based Inland Northwest Health Services should be tossed out by a judge. The …


Sacred Heart’s CEO blasts Rockwood

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s chief executive charged Rockwood Clinic’s leaders with bad-faith dealings and ethical lapses the day after Rockwood stunned Spokane’s medical community by announcing it would align …


Rockwood agrees to sale

Community Health Systems Inc., the owner of Deaconess Medical Center, has struck a deal to buy the Rockwood Clinic, the Inland Northwest’s largest specialty medical provider. Terms of the deal …


Police: Man returning missing purse shot in face

What police describe as two men’s effort to return a missing purse resulted in one of them being shot in the face around midnight. Spokane police this morning arrested a …


Owner of Deaconess sued

Inland Northwest Health Services has sued the owner of Deaconess Medical Center, alleging breached contracts and bad faith dealings that imperil the region’s acclaimed electronic medical records network. The lawsuit …


Judge to hear hospital union’s complaints

Almost a year of failed bargaining between Community Health Systems Inc. and its 1,100 unionized employees has resulted in a hearing next month by an administrative law judge.


Deaconess closing Parkinson’s clinic

Patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders are frustrated by a decision by the new owners of Deaconess Medical Center to close a clinic and dismiss its director, Dr. …


Deaconess to drop trauma care

Deaconess Medical Center intends to stop serving as a major trauma hospital this year, leaving the business of treating people critically wounded in violent crashes, accidents and crimes to competitor …


Rwandan doctors seek new ideas

Rwandans can now count Spokane doctors and health care workers among their extended family. Teams of surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals have traveled to the central African country during …