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Nursing shortage continues in South Sound

When the economy is struggling and unemployment is on the rise, there is still one profession that is actively recruiting.

The Washington State Department of Labor reports that there are nearly 5,000 Registered Nurse vacancies today, and this could grow to 30,000, if nothing changes by the year 2020. There simply are not enough nurses to care for the growing number of patients.  This shortage is only predicted to worsen in the coming decades. Locally, there are 241 Registered Nurse vacancies in Pierce County alone.

November 2008

Pierce budget punches new holes for belt tightening

The core functions of Pierce County government will stay largely intact in a 2009 budget that reflects the current economic downturn and drop in tax revenue to fund those services.

The County Council unanimously approved its version of the $854.5 million plan last night.

"Our core services - public safety, criminal justice and transportation - were left whole in this budget," said Council Chair Terry Lee, who noted that road improvements scheduled for next year will continue as planned. "Unfortunately, that meant that our other departments and programs had to take a more serious cut."

November 2008

State fares well in competitive ranking

State economists released the latest Economic Climate Study for Washington and concluded that the state is doing well on key economic indicators used to determine the business climate in the state.

The study provides information about Washington's competitive standing in relation to the other U.S. states. It is based on the premise that, while improving productivity is primarily the domain of Washington's business sector, appropriate state and local policies, particularly those relating to education, public safety, infrastructure, cost of doing business and the environment, are essential to promoting higher standards of living.

November 2008
Recovery from floods still a long time away

Recovery from floods still a long time away

While the initial recovery from the flooding that hit areas of the South Sound a year ago is over, the impact of the damage the water created is still very present in Lewis County.

"On the surface, everything appears to be OK," Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said. "There are still things that have to be done here. The flood is still with us."

November 2008

State disciplines South Sound health providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

In Mason County, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Michael Abrams with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to respond to department inquiries regarding a complaint filed against him. The Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System charged paramedic Barbara J. Bodin with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly worked as a paramedic on an expired license for three years.

November 2008

Workshop set for employee health insurance

Business owners not previously able to afford health insurance for their employees have a new tool available to them - government subsidies for employee health insurance.

The state's Health Insurance Partnership combines public and private resources to help small employers and their employees purchase health insurance in the marketplace. 

November 2008

People on the move

The American College of Physicians has named MultiCare Health System's David Chen, MD, as one of the nation's top hospitalists. Chen was one of 10 physicians nationally to receive the honor. He was nominated for the award by his peers in the MultiCare Inpatient Service, a group of physician hospitalists. Chen serves as the medical director of the Tacoma General Allenmore Hospitalist Group.

Masa Comida Mexicana on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue is now hosting "Masa House Blend Thursdays-Music for Charity" as a way to fight childhood obesity. Every Thursday, Masa hosts an evening of music and dancing to benefit the Mary Bridge Childhood Obesity Clinic. Masa waives the cover charge and instead encourages people to donate $5 to the obesity clinic. So far, the restaurant has raised enough to help with the startup of the childhood obesity program.

Windermere Professional Partners has announced the addition of Scott Harthorn. Harthorn was born in Tacoma and raised in Gig Harbor where he has been a Realtor since 2004. He has consistently remained a Top Producer in both the Tacoma and Gig Harbor markets due to his high level of customer service and dedication to his clients. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Gig Harbor, and has been a baseball coach at Gig Harbor High School for the last six years.

November 2008

Unemployment program extended

The state's unemployed got some good news from the "other Washington" as President Bush signed legislation to extend emergency unemployment compensation benefits.

"There's never a good time to be unemployed, but job conditions are especially difficult right now. I applaud Congress for moving so quickly to approve this additional income assistance for our unemployed workers," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

November 2008

Home elevation grants news release

Residential building owners around Chehalis and the Deschutes River might be able to receive flood preparation grants. There will be a special meeting to highlight Thurston County's Flood Elevation Grant Program for homeowners in flood-prown areas that suffered damage during last year's flood.

November 2008

Cash is king during down economy

In a day when credit card debt is at an all-time high and paying with "plastic" is as common as driving a car or checking e-mail, Americans are renewing their affinity for cash.

The new Coinstar National Currency Poll on economic trends reveals that nearly a quarter of Americans report using cash more often to pay for purchases than they did just one year ago. Reasons cited include helping to manage budgets and control credit card debt. In addition, more than 60 percent of Americans polled said they will be changing their financial plans for 2009 due to difficult economic times.

November 2008
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