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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

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., Aug. 13, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Empire Health Foundation head Antony Chiang announces departure

Chiang has led Empire Health Foundation as its first and only president since the nonprofit was formed following the sale of Deaconess and Valley hospitals in 2008. The 51-year-old is …

WSU Medical School, Empire Health Foundation share $10.5 million grant to expand rural health care access

Premera Blue Cross announced Wednesday $10.5 million in grant funding to the WSU College of Medicine and the Empire Health Foundation to expand access to rural health care.

Rising Strong gives troubled Spokane parents another chance to keep their children

The Rising Strong program is working to keep Spokane families together by providing a lift to parents struggling with drug addiction and other barriers.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

‘I’m driven to make the world a better place’: Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation, uses bold thinking to drive social change

Under Antony Chiang’s leadership, Empire Health Foundation has developed a reputation for big-picture thinking. The foundation is tackling issues such as childhood obesity and access to health care.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

Empire Health, Catholic Charities team up to keep Spokane kids out of foster care

Empire Health Foundation and Catholic Charities partner for a new program to keep kids out of foster care by supporting parents recovering from addiction.

Empire Health will administer new cancer research endowment fund

Empire Health Foundation has been chosen to administer a new endowment fund supporting cancer research in Washington.

UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

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 …

Spokane Teaching Health Clinic trains a new generation of health-care workers

A new building for the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic opened in August at WSU-Spokane’s campus. The clinic will train the region’s next generation of health care workers while expanding care …

New Spokane clinic called ‘the future of community health’

A group of health care providers has completed a major step toward fixing the region’s doctor shortage with the construction of a $16.2 million health clinic on the Spokane campus …

New program helps get emergency dental care to low-income adults

The DENT program helps low-income adults see dentists for emergency treatment. Meagan Daniels, a Spokane Falls Community College student, credits the program for saving a broken tooth that became infected.

Spokane foundations learning how to multiple money

By coordinating efforts, dollars go further, and attract more contributions.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 9:07 p.m.

Philanthropy gets more focused to ‘move the needle’

More charitable foundations and trusts have moved away from spreading dollars across multiple causes. Instead, their aim is to increase impact by focusing on key initiatives, then reviewing data to …

Nonprofit gets grant to help people sign up for health insurance

Better Health Together has received a $307,000 state grant to continue helping people sign up for health insurance.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015, 3:14 p.m.

Nonprofit gets grant to help people sign up for health insurance

Better Health Together has received a $307,000 state grant to continue helping people sign up for health insurance.

Dental care gap problem for adults

Health officials have made strides in getting low-income kids in Spokane County to the dentist, but regular dental care remains beyond the reach of many adults. More than 30 percent …

Innovation easing strain on Spokane’s social safety net

In many ways, the revolution in housing philosophy is part of a widespread series of changes in Spokane’s safety net services. Recent years have seen several innovative approaches, from adding …

Empire Health Foundation moves to historic Riverside building

A new sign announcing “The Philanthropy Center” went up this month at the old Chamber of Commerce building on Riverside Avenue. The landmark building – with its distinctive Italianate columns …

No debate: Area schools’ cafeterias offering nutritional lunches

While Spokane students are piling roasted chicken and homemade red potato fries onto their plates, other students around the country will still be eating canned vegetables packed with sodium and …

Fixing foster care: ‘Where do I belong?’

Alkala Michener’s green eyes pool with tears as she recalls the night she lost her family: She was 7 years old, dressed in a Cinderella pink nightie, her lace-rimmed socks …

Clinic’s secular nature intact

Religious directives that some worried could restrict medical care at a new health clinic preparing to open on the Washington State University Spokane campus are being jettisoned. The announcement Friday …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 29, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

Catholic directives won’t apply to new WSU Spokane health clinic

Religious directives that some worried could restrict medical care at a new health clinic preparing to open on the Washington State University Spokane campus are being jettisoned.

Smaller school districts adapting best to new lunch regulations

Cooks hustled around the kitchen at Cheney High School on Wednesday preparing a vegetarian lunch feast: fresh salad dressings, hot potato wedges, baked macaroni and cheese, roasted cauliflower and lentil …

New Riverpoint clinic, medical residencies funded by federal grant

A federal grant announced Friday will expand the number of medical residents in Spokane and help create a medical-training clinic in Spokane’s University District, where students and educators will work …

Providence donation doubles Empire Health Foundation’s endowment

With a $40 million donation from Providence Health Care, a local foundation that targets health issues will become the largest philanthropic organization in Eastern Washington. The cash infusion from Providence …

Cheney schools report decline in overweight students

All those vegetables, fruits, baked-not-fried potato chips and exercise at Cheney schools may be a rare win in the fight against childhood obesity. Numbers show a 2 percent drop in …

Empire Health Foundation buys Civic Building

Spokane’s largest health care foundation became a downtown property owner this week, paying $775,000 for the historic Civic Building at 1020 W. Riverside. The Empire Health Foundation will remodel the …

Students sample science careers while researching disease

Could the clues to unraveling celiac disease be found in a shovelful of Palouse dirt? A group of North Central High School students will attempt to find out this summer …

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 …