Archive of: Health Care

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Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers recognized for 'excellence'

Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers has been designated a Center of Excellence in accelerated partial breast irradiation for offering therapy with SAVITM breast brachytherapy.

SAVI is a new kind of radiation therapy which allows more women with early stage breast cancer to choose a faster course of radiation following lumpectomy surgery.

August 2010

New high risk pool begins enrollment today

Washington residents who've been uninsured for at least six months and who have a pre-existing medical condition now can apply for coverage under the new, federally funded Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan.

The plan is being run by the state's current high risk pool, the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, and is being funded by a $102 million grant from the federal government until 2014.

August 2010

Around the Sound

HomeStreet Bank is hosting the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce's Morning MIXXer from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at 702 Lilly Road SE, Olympia. No registration is required. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for general admission. Call (360) 357-3362 for more information.

The Lacey Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly forum luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at Saint Martin's Worthington Center. The cost is $18 for members and $25 for guests. RSVP to or call (360) 491-4141.

July 2010

People on the Move

Ariel Zimmer has been promoted to licensed agent and new business development manager at the Lauren Greenland Agency of American Family Insurance.
DeLisa Smith has joined Capital Medical Center as director of emergency services. She previously was emergency room director at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Pismo Beach, Calif. Smith received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

July 2010

PSWSA and Capital Medical Center to go tobacco-free Aug. 2

Beginning Aug. 2, Capital Medical Center and the Providence Southwest Washington Service Area will go tobacco free to improve the healing and working environment for patients, visitors and staff.

This means the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited on all the hospital campuses.

July 2010

Providence St. Peter Hospital receives energy efficiency grant

Providence St. Peter Hospital has received a $458,343 energy efficiency grant from Puget Sound Energy to recycle its boiler heat, reducing the hot air released into the atmosphere by 250 degrees.

The new design captures the waste heat that vents from the boiler stack and uses it to heat the hospital and provide hot water, saving $60,000 annually in natural gas costs.

July 2010

People on the Move

Suellyn Maserk R.N. has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to sit on the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. She is a perioperative services nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital. The commission monitors and enforces nurse licensing, and ensures consistent standards of practice. Maserk is a 23-year Army veteran and has served in both Gulf Wars, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has held the title of Division Nurse for the 25th Infantry Division.

Barbara McDowell has joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Lacey as a reverse mortgage loan consultant. She has worked in the reverse mortgage loan industry since 2005 and previously worked in the estate planning and insurance industry.

July 2010

Mason General receives grant to improve access to breast cancer care

The Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $58,100 grant to Mason General Hospital for community breast cancer education and patient support.

The grant will support the "Early Detection and Patient Navigation" project, an initiative that provides women in Mason County with breast cancer awareness, outreach and screening services.

July 2010

Providence St. Peter Hospital earns national recognition for stroke care

Providence St. Peter Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The award recognizes consistent use of the most recent scientific guidelines for heart disease and stroke treatment.

July 2010

People on the Move

Hans Anderson has been promoted to senior account executive of the Tacoma office of Integra Telecom.

State Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, has been selected by the Association of Washington Business to receive its 2010 Jim Matson Award. The award, voted on by AWB members who serve on its Governmental Affairs Council, recognizes a current or former state legislator who consistently supports issues important to Washington's employers and the state's competitiveness. Zarelli was singled out for his consistent leadership on fiscal matters, particularly his ardent calls for fiscal restraint and a resetting of state budget priorities in the face of continued deficits and reliance on federal bailouts.

July 2010
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