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CDC pushes efforts to eradicate HIV amid stalled progress

Forty percent of U.S. adults have been tested for HIV, and fewer than one-fifth of the people at high risk for developing the infection are receiving the medication that prevents …


Nurse-family partnership program that supports soon-to-be mothers will expand in Spokane

The Spokane County nurse-family partnership program will expand to serve 50 more families in 2020 after a $293,000 boost in funding from state lawmakers.


Efforts to move the needle on flu shot rates get stuck

Most Americans skip the annual flu shot, with the number of dispensed vaccines barely changed in the past decade, despite government removal of cost and access obstacles. “We are kind …


With few choices and ‘a lot of unknowns,’ some rural school employees are wary of new health plans

State-sponsored health insurance for all school district employees means different plans available to each employee, based on where they live, not where they teach.


After Spokane group home’s closure, parents of children with intensive medical issues struggle to find support they need

The only group care home in northeastern Washington available for families with medically intensive children closed this summer, after the state Department of Children, Youth, and Families suspended its license, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data

Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant.


Millennial health is deteriorating faster than older generations – at a steep economic cost

The health of millennials is deteriorating more rapidly than older generations’ did, and that could have a devastating effect on the economy, according to a new report by Moody’s Analytics …


Spokane County looks to mirror, modify Kootenai County crisis center model

The need for Spokane County residents in crisis to travel to Kootenai County could lessen, as Spokane is in the process of creating a mental health crisis stabilization unit of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Pullman hospital bond vote could go down to last ballot

Pullman residents so far seem to approve of a $29 million bond measure to expand Pullman Regional Hospital, but results will come down to the last ballot counted.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane judge becomes second to block Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’

A federal judge in Spokane became the second in two days to block the Trump administration’s new expanded “conscience rule” that would allow health care workers to refuse care for …


Judge rejects moral-objection rule for abortion providers

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care clinicians to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Spokane region improves preterm birth rates but challenges persist

Spokane has improved preterm birthrates, a new March of Dimes report shows, but the region still lags behind the state’s rate.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Nurses, Providence unable to agree on new contract at 1st bargaining session since strike authorization

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, did not reach an agreement in their federally mediated session on Tuesday with Providence officials.


$29 million bond could pave way for family medicine residencies at Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Regional Hospital will build a 45,000-square-foot outpatient medical facility, upgrade its electronic records system and take a major step toward creating its first residency program if voters pass a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses vote to authorize a strike; next negotiation set for Tuesday

Sacred Heart nurses, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, voted to authorize a strike, after two days of voting; negotiations with Providence officials are set for Oct. 29.


Sacred Heart maintenance and service workers authorize strike; nurses finish voting today

Service and maintenance workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center, represented by UFCW 21, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike on Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses, health care workers head to polls for strike votes

After nearly a year of contract negotiations and little movement, nurses and health care workers at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center began voting Thursday on whether to authorize a strike. …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

MultiCare partners with Denver-based firm to offer house-call medical care in Spokane

MultiCare Health System has formed a partnership with a company called Dispatch to bring mobile medical care to the Spokane area.


Unions for Sacred Heart nurses and hospital workers schedule strike votes

After months of negotiations, nurses and hospital workers at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote on whether to authorize a strike.


WSU unveils mobile unit that will bring doctors, medical students to rural communities that need them

WSU Health Sciences revealed their first mobile medical unit on Wednesday morning, which will take interdisciplinary teams out to rural communities to provide health care and first-hand experience for students …


Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text

Virtual care providers say they can now connect patients with doctors in minutes or less for help with illnesses and injuries normally handled by an office visit. The catch? The …


WSU Medical School offers students enhanced CPR training

Students at the WSU College of Medicine are taking ongoing, enhanced CPR training starting in their third year, with a new program which can provide instantaneous feedback.


Getting connected: where broadband, rural prosperity and health care intersect

Rural community leaders, broadband providers and government entities met in Davenport for a broadband workshop.


‘We can’t afford to lose this’: Pend Oreille County communities face health care challenges

Newport has a hospital and a new care facility. An hour north, towns struggle to hire a single doctor.


Health care company sends woman over 500 letters in 5 days

A Maine woman says she received more than 500 letters from UnitedHealthcare in five days. The letters were sent to Stephanie Lay’s 19-year-old son Bryce in Windham, but were addressed …


When a town loses its clinic: how residents in Fairfield are fighting to get health care back

Fairfield residents are fighting to reopen their community health clinic, which closed in January, but the going is slow and challenging.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Women of the Year: Wendy Williams-Gilbert researches, advocates for rural health care and nursing

Wendy Williams-Gilbert knows a thing or two about rural health care, and in her role at the WSU College of Nursing, she works with students every day to ensure they …


Spokane law enforcement agencies will add four more mental health teams

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and the Spokane Police Department will add four more co-deploy mental health teams between their agencies after the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

UW, Gonzaga announce plans to expand health sciences with new $60 million building

The University of Washington and Gonzaga University are expanding their health sciences partnership in Spokane after both universities announced they will move several programs to a new $60 million building.


Chewelah elderly long-term care unit closes doors

A long-term care unit, operated by Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah, has finished relocating all of the residents after leaders announced in May that it would close.