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Prescribers must soon convert to tamper-resistant paper

Special prescription pads intended to increase patient safety and stop people from stealing or altering existing prescriptions will soon be required in Washington. With the deadline approaching, state health officials advise prescribers to order tamper-resistant supplies now.

All health care providers who write prescriptions in Washington will have to use tamper-resistant prescription pad paper under a law that goes into effect July 1. The law says that all prescription paper or pads must have the state Board of Pharmacy approval seal.

February 2010

St. Anthony among best in patient satisfaction

St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor will mark its one-year anniversary on March 17 with a major award for patient satisfaction.
 
The Franciscan Health System hospital has earned the "Excellence through Insight Award" from HealthStream Research. The 80-bed community hospital has one of the highest patient-satisfaction ratings among all 1,100 HealthStream clients in the United States.

February 2010

MultiCare lifts H1N1 restrictions

MultiCare Health System has lifted the visitation restrictions put in place to protect patients and their families during flu season.
 
As of today, patients in the birthing centers at Tacoma General and Good Samaritan hospitals, at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center and elsewhere at MultiCare may receive visitors in their hospital rooms.

February 2010

Around the Sound

Gateway GMAC Puyallup and Bank of America Home Loans are sponsoring a free foreclosure prevention seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Gateway office, 850 39th Ave. SW. Information will be available about alternatives to foreclosure, including loan modification, refinancing, renting your home and short sales. For more information, or to register, contact Kym Knudson at (253) 227-5966 or Kristopher Shook at (253) 651-6160.

With diabetes, your eyes can be very susceptible to health issues. Monica Vuong M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist, will be the speaker at Mason General Hospital's Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in the downstairs meeting room at the Port of Allyn building. Vuong will discuss the importance of eye care and diabetes, "Are You Seeing Clearly? Up-to-date Information on Eye Care." The meeting is free and open to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, their friends and family. For more information call Sue Barwick R.N., CDE, at (360) 275-8614.

February 2010

Around the Sound

Individual help with foreclosure issues will be available to the public at a free foreclosure seminar scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Evergreen College Tacoma campus, 1210 6th Ave. Attendees should plan to bring current photo identification and Social Security number, last two years of W-2's and the most current tax return, last two pay stubs and two months worth of bank statements, and complete file for first and/or second mortgage. More information is available at www.makinghomeaffordable.gov and www.mortgagehelpnow.org.

Northwest Certified Forestry is hosting an afternoon seminar that will introduce forest owners to the theories, principles and applications of managing second growth forests for old-growth characteristics from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Ohop Grange in Eatonville. Click here for more information.

February 2010

Shelton hospital earns new tool

Mason General Hospital Foundation has completed its funding of new digital mammography equipment by meeting a goal of $475,000 in 2010.

The goal was reached due to the generosity of  community members, event steering committees, volunteers, and MGH Foundation affiliate organizations --  Sherwood Hospital Guild, Centennial Hospital Guild, and the Karen Hilburn Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund.

February 2010

State working to improve oral health

The State Oral Health Coalition has developed Washington's first Oral Health Improvement Plan. Input was collected from community groups, the public, health professionals, educational institutions, businesses, and government agencies.
 
The plan provides guidance to the private and public sectors about areas that need urgent attention -- oral disease prevention, oral health promotion, access to care, oral health data and system improvements.

February 2010

Providence hospitals receive grants to expand palliative care

The Regence Foundation has awarded a combined $83,700 to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Providence Centralia Hospital to expand access to palliative care services in their communities.

Providence St. Peter received a $63,000 grant to expand its existing inpatient palliative care program and provide palliative care education to area health providers. Providence Centralia received $20,700 to develop its hospital-based palliative care program.

February 2010

Around the Sound

Saint Martin's University will host information sessions about its School Administration Certification Program at the University's Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE in Lacey, on the following dates: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7 p.m. March 3. The program provides future educational leaders with a flexible route to becoming a school principal or program administrator. For more information, contact Mark Haddock at (360) 486-8831 or mhaddock@stmartin.edu or visit the College of Education Web site.

According to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, of the county's population of 740,957, approximately 100,000 county residents have no health insurance and 300,000 have no dental insurance. Join the City Club of Tacoma and Dr. Sumner Schoenike, a board-certified pediatrician with more than 30 years of experience, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. for a discussion about what cuts will mean for local health care, the uninsured, and a look at who pays the bill. Make reservations by Feb. 15 by calling (253) 353-2489 or e-mailling  office@cityclubtacoma.org.

February 2010

Around the Sound

Bank of America Home Loans in Lakewood is sponsoring a free home buyer's seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at 5700 100th St. SW, Suite 550. For more information, or to register, e-mail Kristopher.Shook@bankofamerica.com or call (253) 651-6160.

Saint Martin's University will host information sessions about its School Administration Certification Program at the University's Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE in Lacey, on the following dates: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7 p.m. March 3. The program provides future educational leaders with a flexible route to becoming a school principal or program administrator. For more information, click here or contact Mark Haddock at (360) 486-8831.

February 2010
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