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Region's college ministers gathering

Saint Martin's University is hosting the 2009 Pacific Northwest Catholic Campus Ministers Association conference.

The colleges represented include Gonzaga University, University of Great Falls (Montana), University of Portland, Western Washington University and Saint Martin's University.

October 2009

Dems to rally for health care reform

Washington Organizing for America, a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee committed to supporting President Obama's agenda for change, will hold 'Time to Deliver' health insurance reform events in Olympia, Tacoma, Everett and Seattle tomorrow.

At the events, local supporters of reform will call their members of Congress to show them that Washingtonians support health insurance reform.

October 2009

Agreement allows pharmacists to prescribe swine flu vaccine

A new collaborative agreement allows pharmacists in the state to prescribe and dispense swine flu vaccine.

October 2009

People on the move

Pat Flynn is receiving the St. George Award from the American Cancer Society. Her work on the local and national levels to support the growth and expansion of Relay For Life.

Erin Dafoe has joined Apex Karting in Tumwater as an Event Planner specializing in "Non-Traditional" events.

October 2009
St. Peter Hospital workers strike

St. Peter Hospital workers strike

About 300 Licensed Practical Nurses, surgical technicians and other health care workers gathered outside of Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia today to protest proposed changes to their health care benefits and unfair labor practices.

The strike was organized by the health care workers union, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. The union's communication director Linnae Riesen said it has been available all week for negotiations, but hasn't heard a word from the hospital administration's team.

"This is all about our benefit plan being taken away while (hospital administrators) sit on nice cushy seats," said Gary Snell, a Providence employee who works in the transport department.

October 2009

People on the move

Gig Harbor resident Thomas J. Sadler, CPA, has been named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" by Accounting Today magazine. Currently Of Counsel after his 2002 retirement from Brink & Sadler CPAs of Lakewood, Sadler is also 2008-2009 Chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Derek Obayashi
, MD, has joined NorthWest Children's Heart Care in its Tacoma clinic.

Helac Corporation, an Enumclaw manufacturer of hydraulic rotary actuators and construction equipment attachments since 1974, has promoted Bill Power from COO to president. He brings 30 years of experience in the fluid handling industry, including 16 years as the general manager for Parker Hannifin Corp.

October 2009

More strike preps for hospital staffers

Licensed Practical Nurses, surgical techs and other health care workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital will be preparing this evening for a one-day strike at the Olympia hospital planned for Thursday.

Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW say they will be on strike from 6 a.m. until midnight on Thursday because of alleged unfair labor practice charges against the hospital, including surveillance of union activity and interference of worker rights.

October 2009

St. Joseph also 'Consumer Choice'

St. Joseph Medical Center reports it, too, has received the Consumer Choice Award as a preferred hospital in Tacoma following research of approximately 750 households locally by National Research Corp.

Monday, Tacoma General Hospital announced its placement on the list of 280 hospitals nationwide to earn the recognition. Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia is also on the 2009-2010 list.

October 2009

New 'Top Doc' named for Providence

Providence Physician Network has hired a Wisconsin health-system president as its first chief executive.

Dr. Rik Emaus most recently served as the president of the Affinity Health System based in northeast Wisconsin.

October 2009

Tacoma General honored again

Area consumers have once again selected MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital as a preferred hospital for receiving health care.

That's the finding of National Research Corp., which has awarded TGH the 2009/10 Consumer Choice award, the 12th time since 1996 that it has been so recognized.

October 2009
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