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Pickets target hospital company

Unionized employees are holding informational pickets critical of Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. They accuse the new owner of the hospitals of cutting retirement benefits, raising …


Deaconess cuts jobs as fewer seek treatment

Deaconess Medical Center is eliminating about 90 jobs as the recession hits what had been an area of strength in the local economy. Fewer people used the hospital last winter, …


Hospital union prepared to picket

A union representing 1,100 health care and service workers is engaged in a contract fight with the new owner of Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Community …


In brief: Deaconess CEO shifts to Valley

Community Health Systems Inc. announced leadership changes at its two Spokane hospitals Thursday. Dennis Barts will leave his post as chief executive officer of Deaconess Medical Center to take over …


Seeking firm foundations

It was hard to find any good economic news last year, yet Spokane businessman Mike Senske did. He is leading the new philanthropic foundation created with $79 million from the …


1,000 babies and counting

Kathy Bentley has done it a thousand times. Yet there’s just something about delivering babies that never gets old, says the Deaconess Women’s Clinic midwife. Early Friday morning it was …


Sale of hospitals complete

After months of regulatory review, public hearings and a last-minute lawsuit that threatened to derail the transaction, the deal hailed as the last chance to save a struggling hospital system …


Providence to drop lawsuit

Providence Health Care plans to withdraw its lawsuit against Empire Health Services amid worries that the litigation would stop the sale of Deaconess Medical Center. Community Health Systems, which has …


Hospital sues over shared assets

The company that owns Sacred Heart Medical Center sued the current owner of Deaconess Medical Center on Thursday, asking the court to rule on assets the two hospital systems share. …


Increased charitable care closes Deaconess deal

The buyer of Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to more generous charitable care guidelines for the hospital. It’s a move that seals state regulatory approval of the $156 million takeover, …


Attorney general clears sale of Empire

The proposed sale of Empire Health Services has received a necessary green light by the Washington attorney general’s office – one of two key state approvals needed to turn ownership …


Buyer appoints hospital executive

Community Health Systems has appointed Dennis Barts as chief executive officer of Deaconess Medical Center in anticipation of finalizing its acquisition of the hospital this fall. Barts has 20 years …


Crowd urges hospitals’ sale

Taking over Deaconess Medical Center would be a big task, even for Community Health Systems Inc., a deep-pocketed corporation admired for its management skills and profitability.


Rival questions hospital sales

The nonprofit that operates Sacred Heart Medical Center is worried that the proposed takeover of Deaconess Medical Center by for-profit Community Health Systems may risk funding for local health programs …


Council endorses Empire sale

In other business Tuesday, the council heard a report about the proposed sale of nonprofit Empire Health Services, which operates Valley Hospital and Medical Center, to for-profit Community Health Systems …


Coalition questions bidder’s Empire plans

Community Health Systems’ plan to purchase Empire Health Services leaves some questions unanswered and lacks a firm commitment from the buyer to the public’s interest, according to a review of …


Auditor will examine Empire Health assets

Washington state officials have hired a large auditing firm to ensure the $156 million sale of Empire Health Services is fair. It’s a move applauded by watchdog groups concerned that …


Hospital, union spar over staffing

Union nurses at Deaconess Medical Center contend that layoffs and low morale have eroded patient care and safety and demand management rehire nursing assistants to preserve the core mission of …


Empire suitor criticizes delay

Community Health Systems criticized the state of Washington for taking “an inordinately long period of time” to scrutinize the takeover of Empire Health Services, contributing to the financial problems of …


Empire Health’s value erodes

Financial losses and troubled national credit markets have lowered the value of Empire Health Services and trimmed the $172 million that Community Health Systems Inc. is offering for Empire’s two …


$100 million foundation hinges on hospitals’ sale

A possible new $100 million foundation focused on Spokane health care needs is spurring hope among charitable organizations accustomed to scratching for dollars to pay for programs ranging from wellness …


Officials, business leaders urge hospital buyout

OLYMPIA – After a trip to Tennessee to meet the proposed buyers of Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center, several Spokane officials and business leaders Wednesday moved …


Sacred Heart makes heated proposal

The owners of Sacred Heart Medical Center have made a $25 million offer to buy out Empire Health Services’ stake in Inland Northwest Health Services.


Empire cutting 130 jobs

Empire Health Services lost $7.1 million last year and is treating fewer patients, a two-fisted problem that executives said Wednesday is forcing them to cut about 130 jobs at Deaconess …


Empire Health buyout detailed

One of the nation’s largest hospital chains has proposed paying at least $168 million for Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. In separate letters filed with Washington …


Health foundation part of hospital sale

Spokane could end up with a $100 million community foundation following the announcement Wednesday that Empire Health Services has reached a sales agreement with the nation’s largest for-profit hospital system.


Sale puts focus on INHS future

As the likely sale of Empire Health Services grows near, Eastern Washington’s competing hospital systems are starting to stake out positions over the future of their most successful joint venture: …


Job security the chief concern in pending sale of Empire

The 2,700 employees of Deaconess Medical Center and other units of Empire Health Services have received some job assurances as the sale of the hospital system nears. Job security is …


Empire looks ahead

Community Health Systems Inc. has the money in place to buy Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. With a collection of big-name banks lined up to offer …


Empire sees no loss of service

Abortion rights advocates have been assured that access to the procedure – as well as to vasectomies and other forms of birth control – will continue at hospitals operated by …