Archive of: Health Care

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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

Consumers juiced by deceptive product ads

Washington consumers looking to lose weight or wrinkles have jumped at "free trial" offers for açaí berry and resveratrol products. But the fruity supplements came with unexpected costs, say officials at the Washington Attorney General's Office who want to warn shoppers about deceptive advertising practices.

August 2009

Construction injuries drop, analysis shows

The national construction fatality rate declined 47 percent, and the number of recordable safety incidents dropped 38 percent since the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as "collaborative safety" in 1998 according to an analysis of federal safety data released by the Associated General Contractors of America today.

August 2009

State takes action against local health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in the South Sound.

August 2009

Big change in Pierce mental care

Some mental health services handled by Pierce County will soon be delivered through a private provider under a new system being set up by the state. The county will close its crisis, evaluation and treatment units at the end of September, resulting in the loss of about 130 county jobs.

Officials with the county, state Department of Social and Health Services and the private contractor awarded the work pledged to work together on a smooth transition for the 15,000 low-income residents who rely on the state-funded assistance.

August 2009

People on the Move

Kris Boyce is a new vice president and relationship manager in Columbia Private Banking's Tacoma office. Her most recent position in a 19-year career was in the Premier Banking & Investment group at Bank of America.

Matthew D. Wall, D.D.S., M.S.D. has joined Moss Orthodontics. Dr Wall received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and achieved his dental and orthodontic training at Indiana University.

August 2009
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