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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, 11:16 a.m.

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, 9:17 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Former St. Luke’s patient on sex offender list accused of groping two other patients

A patient at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute with a sexually violent past has been arrested on suspicion that he groped two female patients at the Spokane facility. Hospital staff wasn’t …


Our health care system is broken – can crowdsourced medical shows fill the void?

If one thing remains true in the rapidly changing world of television, it’s that viewers love a medical mystery. The Patient With the Obscure Ailment That Baffles Physicians has been …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Closing the gap: The uphill battle to get Idaho students immunized amid rising exemption rates

The Idaho Panhandle has some of the highest vaccination exemption rates in the country,


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Providence nurses prepare to strike if contract negotiations continue to stall

Nurses in the Providence hospital system are preparing for strikes after ten months of contract negotiations have produced little progress.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Schools prepare families for loss of philosophical, personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Families with children who have personal or philosophical exemptions to the MMR vaccination will have to vaccinate their children or get a different exemption before school starts this fall. But …


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 …


Wheat harvest reaped grain and abundant goodwill as Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer

Farmers came together to help a neighbor harvest 1,200 acres in six hours after learning that Larry Yockey knew he would not be able to cut his wheat after he …


Faith and Values: Disproportionate maternal mortality rates point to systemic social issues

Those of us white folks who think that we’re the “


Idaho lawmakers ponder if counties should fund Medicaid expansion

A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court …


Hurry up and wait: Doctors say insurers increasingly interfere

Doctors are finding that they need more approvals from insurance companies before their patients can get routine care like medical scans or some prescriptions. Insurers say they are reviewing more …


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.


After pharmaceutical companies poured billions of opioid pills into Washington, rural counties try to recover

Millions of prescribed opioids poured into rural counties near Spokane from 2006 to 2012, according to recently revealed data. But while the extent of the problem is clearer, the path …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Data collection program comes to Spokane as part of effort to boost medical research

A National Institutes of Health program is collecting medical data in Spokane this week as part of a nationwide effort to gather information that will fuel research and promote individualized, …


Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Providence, nurses enter mediated negotiations over benefits

Nurses and health care workers in the Providence hospital system are protesting changes to their benefits plan, while the nonprofit defends the move.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

State suspends license of long-term care home for children in Spokane

A local long-term care home for children with intensive medical needs closed on Monday, after the Department of Children, Youth and Families suspended its license.


Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn’t harmed patients

A new study finds shortening hours for doctors during residency training hasn’t harmed patients. Researchers wanted to know whether limiting trainee doctors to 80-hour weeks affected the quality of care.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

New dental clinic coming to East Central Community Center campus

With a new community clinic set to open in mid-2020, residents of East Central will see improved access to dental care.