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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

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 …


Orofino, Cottonwood hospitals to join with nearby Kootenai Health in effort to improve care

Kootenai Health will take ownership of two critical access hospitals in north central Idaho by 2020.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

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 …


Shawn Vestal: Empire lawsuit just one more reminder of surreal hospital pricing

At the heart of the lawsuit against the former owners of two Spokane hospitals is a reminder of the freaky, shady way hospitals set prices. They seem to just … …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

MultiCare finalizes purchase of local hospitals, Rockwood Clinic

MultiCare Health System will wrap up the $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic on Saturday, ushering in a new era for health care in the …


MultiCare names leadership teams for local hospitals, Rockwood Clinic

MultiCare Health System has announced its leadership team for Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic. Laureen Driscoll will become the next president of Deaconess Hospital.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals says it will contest lawsuit over charity care spending

The owner of Deaconess and Valley hospitals said it will “vigorously contest” a lawsuit alleging it shorted local charity care spending by up to $110 million.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017

MultiCare’s entry into Spokane medical scene gets support from local leaders

Spokane’s business and civic leaders are backing MultiCare Health System’s $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic.


Spokane mom has knee replacement at 40, joining part of fastest-growing demographic for surgery

After years of chronic pain, Spokane resident Carrie Day had two knee replacements this year. She’s 40, part of the fastest growing U.S. demographic for total knee replacements.


Shawn Reed: Don’t roll back progress on health care

The AHCA would mean we roll back the clock to patients relying on the ER – the one place they cannot be turned away – when the management of a …


Purchase of Rockwood Clinic and Deaconess and Valley hospitals should be final by early summer

Tacoma-based MultiCare expects to wrap up the purchase of Rockwood Health System by mid-June. MultiCare’s application to the state alludes to a growing role for telemedicine in the Spokane market.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

Man accused of child abuse in Valley Hospital allegedly threatened witness from jail

The man accused of violently throwing his 10-month-old daughter at the Valley Hospital on Wednesday threatened the girl’s mother from jail, according to court documents.


Deaconess, Valley hospitals buyer: ‘We’re committed to it being a good thing for Spokane’

The future owners of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess and Valley hospitals were in town Friday and Saturday to talk about what the sale will mean for the Spokane area.


Deaconess, Valley hospitals and Rockwood Health System sold for $425 million to Tacoma-based MultiCare

A Tacoma-based nonprofit announced late Thursday that it plans to purchase Rockwood Health System, which includes Rockwood Clinic as well as Deaconess and Valley Hospitals.


Owner of Deaconess, Valley hospitals exploring options for troubled company

Community Health Systems Inc., a troubled U.S. hospital chain with a market value of about $1.4 billion, said it’s exploring a variety of options with its financial advisers.


Local impact unknown in Community Health Systems downsizing

The company that owns Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic plans to sell off 12 medical centers following a rocky financial performance over the past year.


Valley Hospital adds new cardiac test

Valley Hospital has expanded services to heart patients with a new diagnostic testing procedure. The hospital recently started offering cardiac catheterization, which helps doctors detect blocked arteries in the heart, …


Deaconess, Valley hospitals show emergency room wait times on billboards

Deaconess and Valley hospitals have launched a visible new ad campaign to tout their emergency room wait times. Billboards – three in Spokane and three in Spokane Valley – post …


Cyberattack hits Rockwood

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The theft includes information from CHS’ Rockwood Health System …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

Hackers steal patient info from parent company of Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess and Valley hospitals

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on 4.5 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.


Health workers reach contract with Deaconess, Valley hospitals

Unionized health care workers at Valley and Deaconess hospitals have negotiated a contract agreement after an unprecedented 20 months of talks. Set hours for staff, a pay raise and changes …


Valley Hospital CEO takes California job

The chief executive of Valley Hospital is resigning to take a job leading a hospital in Oceanside, California.


Providence Medical Park will open without disputed operating rooms

The new $44 million Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley will have to open without its four operating rooms amid a fight with competitor Valley Hospital over whether the outpatient …


Providence medical center in Spokane Valley nearly ready for patients

Providence Health Care opens its large outpatient surgery center and medical clinic this month in Spokane Valley. Formally called Providence Medical Park Spokane Valley, the two-story facility starts accepting patient …


Through Operation Walk USA, woman received new hip for free

Salena Haselip, 64, has always had pain. As a baby she didn’t crawl and although she learned to walk, she had trouble running. “I had a hard time in PE,” …


Hospitals backpedal on request for city ethics probe

Deaconess and Valley hospital officials are abandoning their request for an ethics investigation of three Spokane City Council members who used city letterhead to express concerns about medical staffing levels …


Valley Hospital turns away nurses, others after strike

Valley Hospital has locked out at least 80 nurses and other employees in the aftermath of Wednesday’s one-day strike and the hiring of temporary replacement workers. The lockout will be …


Some striking workers locked out of Valley Hospital

At least 20 employees of Valley Hospital, including nurses and technical workers, were locked out of the hospital this morning following a one-day strike on Wednesday.


Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days

Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

Striking nurses locked out at Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital announced a lockout of many nurses and technical workers who expected to return to work Thursday morning following a one-day strike.