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People on the move

Denise Revels Robinson has been named assistant secretary for Children's Administration within the state Department of Social and Health Services. She will assume her new post on Oct. 19, bringing some 40 years experience working in child welfare, most recently as executive policy advisor at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Tony Miltenberger has joined the South Seattle office of GVA Kidder Mathews as an industrial properties specialist. Most recently as a principal with Nicholson Investment Properties, a local commercial real estate developer, where he was the exclusive developer of Rite Aid stores in Washington and California.

September 2009

People on the move

Larry Blanchard, who has spent the last decade managing the construction and maintenance of City of Kent's streets, sewer and water mains, is resigning as Public Works Director effective Sept. 30 to take a position with the City of Burien. Tim Laporte, deputy director of Public Works, has been appointed Interim Director.

Pacific Lutheran University alum Mark Eliasen is joining Horizon Air as its vice president of finance. He is responsible for all of Horizon's core finance-related activities.

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has added Jeff Faunce as company-wide Construction Services Practice Leader based in the firm's Puget Sound office. A graduate of Washington State University, he recently created a construction management division for a local A/E firm, which grew from zero to 20 people in less than four years.

September 2009

People on the move

Tom DiDonna, R.N., director of education at Mason General Hospital, was recently re-appointed to the National Faculty for the American Heart Association (AHA) for resuscitation and emergency care training.  It is the highest leadership voluntary position in the AHA. Earlier this year, DiDonna was named a Health Care Champion for South Sound by Thurston County Chamber and Business Examiner.

September 2009

Mason General moving forward

Mason General Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging department was recently awarded another three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. The survey is based on a peer-review evaluation of the department.

The education department at Mason General recently moved its administration offices and classrooms off-campus, to the new Learning Center at 2505 Gateway Center, just behind the business and development offices, near McDonald's fast-food restaurant.

September 2009

Providence St. Peter ousts C-level execs

Jim Leonard, CEO of Providence St. Peter Hospital since 2006, will be out of that job this month. Vice president positions at both the Olympia health care facility and Providence Centralia Hospital will also be vacated.

Providence Health & Services in Southwest Washington announced these changes in its senior leadership structure today, saying they're designed to streamline operations and create more integrated working relationships among the two hospitals and Providence Physicians Network.

September 2009

Nurses paid more in South Sound

Tacoma, Olympia, Seattle-Everett-Bellevue, Bremerton-Silverdale, and Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton have wages significantly above the national average for both registered nurses, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

This conclusion stems from data in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

September 2009

People on the move

Tacoma based entrepreneur PJ Hummel, CMM, of PJ Hummel & Company Inc., was recently inducted as the new president of Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter.

Olympia-based Risk Finance & Investments Company announced the transition of long-time President Brent Kohler to chairman of the board. The new president is current Vice President of Operations Robert Hauk. RFIC provides third party claims administration for employers in the State of Washington and sponsors a retrospective rating program under the name "Washington Manufacturers Council."

September 2009

Washington settles with Pfizer

Two major national settlements with pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer Inc., were announced by Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today.

The first settlement covers civil and criminal allegations that Pfizer and its subsidiaries paid kickbacks and engaged in "off-label" market campaigns that improperly promoted numerous drugs that Pfizer manufactures. Washington will gain about $9 million of a $2.3 billion in civil damages and penalties, and criminal fine and forfeitures.

September 2009

New work-related clinic in Puyallup

MultiCare HealthWorks opened a new location in Puyallup today.

Physician Archie Adams serves needs of employers for a comprehensive range of services designed to reduce workplace risks and manage workplace injuries quickly, efficiently and with a focus on a prompt return to work.

September 2009

New coalition joins health care debate

Twenty statewide chambers and employer organizations from around the country, including the Association of Washington Business, today announced an alliance that will add their voices to the federal health care reform debate.

The group, Employers for Quality Health Care, is an independent coalition that claims to bring a unique perspective to the table alongside national business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

September 2009
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