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The Dirt: Spokane Youth Sports Association presses forward with proposed sports complex in South Hill’s Glenrose area

The Spokane Youth Sports Association filed additional documents to support a decade old environmental review for a proposed youth sports complex in the Glenrose neighborhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

CVS Health Corp. to build new Omnicare facility in north Spokane

Omnicare Inc., a subsidiary of CVS Health Corp., is renovating an existing 18,500-square-foot building at 2830 N. Astor St. into an the facility, which will provide long-term, comprehensive pharmaceutical services …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

VA delays rollout of new nationwide health record system that was set to start in Spokane in March

The Department of Veterans Affairs has delayed the roll out of its new electronic health record system, which was set to go live in March at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center in …


Washington could join national nursing compact, but first needs legislative approval

A proposal for Washington to become the 35th state to join the national nursing compact survived Friday’s deadline in the Senate, although not all key stakeholders are on board. Joining …


100 years ago in Spokane: Deaconess Hospital building neared completion on the lower South Hill

Hospital officials believed two floors of the new building would be ready to open by April. Its chairman promised a rooftop garden that would aid convalescing patients.


Popularity of Washington state’s new paid family and sick leave law leads to processing backlog

Washington state’s new paid family and medical leave law went live in January, and more than 20,000 residents have already applied for the program.


Premera hires former Mayor David Condon for VP role in Spokane

Premera Blue Cross has tapped former Spokane Mayor David Condon to lead its expansion in Eastern Washington.


Rural nursing shortages leave critical access hospitals in tough spots

With a regional nursing shortage impacting even Spokane-based hospitals, critical access hospitals in rural settings feel the need for nurses even more.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

‘There’s a bottleneck’: Interest in nursing outpaces opportunity in the Inland Northwest

Nursing educators acknowledge the pipeline problem in the nursing workforce in Eastern Washington, but challenges are deeper and more complex than a simple fix.


New in-school health clinic aims to keep Rogers student body well

Beginning on Monday, Rogers will be the first high school in Spokane to host a comprehensive health clinic, thanks to a three-year, $590,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.


Lewis-Clark Valley report highlights economic stress, inaffordability of health care

An in-depth needs assessment of the Lewis-Clark Valley shows a need for access to affordable health care, housing and food.


Sue Lani Madsen: The ultimate surprise medical bill

As of Jan. 1, teenagers who have to be reminded to feed the dog and take out the trash are in charge of their own health care when it comes …


New law taking effect Jan. 1 means no more surprise medical bills for some Washingtonians

Some Washingtonians will no longer have surprise medical bills in 2020, due to a new state law prohibiting the practice for some state-regulated health plans.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Providence nurses, workers statewide – including in Spokane – announced intend to strike on Jan. 14

Unions representing about 13,000 nurses and health care workers at many Providence locations statewide, including at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, intend to strike on Jan. …


More negotiations scheduled as nurses closer to striking at Providence locations statewide

Nurses and health care workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union at seven Swedish locations in the Seattle area did not reach an agreement with Providence officials on Monday, Dec. …


Welcome to 2020 – and to some new laws in Washington

A new year means new laws. Here’s a look at some of the changes.


Washington health benefit exchange enrollment numbers dip for 2020

Nearly 212,000 Washingtonians have selected health plans through the state exchange, and enrollment ended on Dec. 30.


Kreidler: Trinity to pay fine, stop selling health ‘sharing’ policies

Trinity agrees to stop selling health “sharing” policies, pay $150,000 fine, insurance commissioner says.


3 years in, no sign of Trump’s replacement for Obamacare

As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would …


Shawn Vestal: A bigger Nurse-Family Partnership would be a Christmas miracle for Spokane

If we had a wish for one big gift for Spokane this morning – something that would be a true gift to the health of the community long into the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Decade in review: More insurance, more consolidation, more medical education in Spokane

Health care has undergone some dramatic changes in the Spokane region, from new provider groups entering the market to the expansion of medical education east of the Cascades. The landscape …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future

More than 8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, the government said Friday, showing continued demand for the program …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Court: Part of ‘Obamacare’ invalid, more review needed

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down “Obamacare’s” now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …


Operating in the red: Providence Sacred Heart has been losing money since 2016

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is operating at a loss, and has been since 2016, and hospital leaders say this is largely due to expenses outpacing revenue.


WSU Nursing College at 50: From humble beginnings to 21st century care

Once operated out of the historic Carnegie Library on downtown Spokane’s western edge, the Washington State University Nursing College now trains students with evolving technology and offers advanced degrees, decades …


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.