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People on the move

Tim Lynch is the new regional director of pharmaceutical services for the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System. He succeeds Ron Broekemeier, who retired Dec. 4 to conduct surveys of pharmacy residency programs for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and to provide independent consulting services.

Michael Olels, monitor technician in Mason General Hospital's emergency department, was selected by his peers to be "Employee of the Month" for December. He has worked for MGH a total of 6 years.

December 2009

AWB: it's time to stop the 'runaway train'

In an editorial published this morning by Association of Washington Business, the group's President Don Brunell said lawmakers are in need of a reality check.

"With voter confidence dropping like a rock in a pond, it is time Congress stopped this runaway train called health care reform," Brunell wrote. "It is time to take a break, take a deep breath and look at the right-of-way ahead to make sure they are not running the taxpayers, and our nation, over a cliff."

December 2009

Plaudits to Gig Harbor hospital designers

ZGF Architects LLP, a leading national design practice with a Seattle office, has received several national and regional awards for excellence for its planning and design of St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.

One of five acute-care hospitals in the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System, St. Anthony's opened in March.

December 2009

Centralia hospital invests in future nurses

Providence Centralia Hospital is making a $50,000 contribution to the Centralia College Capital Campaign and a $50,000 donation supporting nursing education.

"We believe this is an investment in the future of this community," said Providence Centralia Hospital CEO Cindy Mayo.

Since 2005, when the college added the RN program, about 50 nurses have been hired into residency programs and represent about 20 percent of those currently working at the Lewis County hospital.

December 2009

Flu vaccine supply now adequate

The H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is widely available to anyone who wants it in most Washington communities.

As vaccine supply grows and demand among high-risk people slows the vaccine can be offered to everyone.

December 2009

Health insurer gift to expand coverage

Regence BlueShield has made a $45,000 grant to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's Access to Care program for its efforts to connect uninsured families to health insurance in today's difficult economy.

The program works to make sure that every eligible child in Pierce County is insured.

December 2009

Blog watch: State budget and more

Discussion and political grandstanding is only just beginning on the governor's proposed supplemental state budget. See some expert analysis from Richard Davis at WashACE blog.

Tacoma Pierce County Chamber's blog offers a business perspective on the continuing Congressional deliberations to make Health Care Reform a Christmas present for the President.

December 2009

Hospitals warn of budget's dire consequences

In order to address the worst recession in 80 years, the governor has proposed enormous cuts to the health care system and health care for the state's most vulnerable residents.

"We appreciate the difficult situation the Governor is in as a result of the recession," said Leo Greenawalt, president of the Washington State Hospital Association. "We applaud her courage and commitment to find revenue to close the budget gap and rebuild our economic future."

December 2009

People on the move

Dr. Gregory Semerdjian has been named senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System, one of the region's largest health care organizations with hospitals, medical clinics and other care facilities in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. For the previous 10 years, he served as vice president for medical and clinical operations for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Semerdjian, who served as Franciscan's interim chief medical officer since July 31, succeeds Mike Newcomb, who accepted a senior leadership position at Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore.

December 2009

Franciscan receives help from Boeing

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound has awarded a $34,495 grant to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care. The funds will pay for 20 specialty-care mattresses for use by in-home hospice patients.

The Franciscan Health System provides 70 percent of all hospice care in Pierce and South King counties. The organization is also the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient end-of-life services in the state.

December 2009
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