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Canadian doctor ordered to pay L&I

A Canadian doctor pled guilty to three counts of third-degree theft, after illegally collecting workers' compensation benefits while working in Canada and the state of Washington for a medical device development company.

Dr. Roger C. Andersen, a resident of Ladysmith, B.C., was ordered to repay the state Department of Labor & Industries $232,790 for collecting workers' compensation benefits from May 2004 through December 2007.

December 2009

Tacoma nurse honored

Joy Martin, regional director of oncology services for the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System, has received the 2009 March of Dimes Western Washington Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award.

The recognition presented in Bellevue yesterday honors a registered nurse, whose contributions and accomplishments have had an extraordinary influence within the nursing profession.

December 2009

H1N1 vaccine stocks grow

Prompted by increasing supplies of H1N1 vaccine, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today announced that local vaccine distribution is being expanded to the federal government's initial target groups.

The change, which is effective Thursday, Dec. 3, makes the vaccine available to groups totaling approximately 500,000 adults and children.

December 2009

Lewis Providence fund gets $150k from 'Forest'

Providence St. Peter Foundation raised more than $150,000 to benefit mothers and their newborn babies at the 22nd annual Christmas Forest Fund-a-Need Gala Dec. 1.

More than 340 people attended the event to help purchase two new anesthesia machines for the Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Birth Center.

December 2009

People on the move

Danielle Burd has joined Umpqua Bank  as executive vice president and commercial region manager for Washington state. She has more than 15 years of banking and business leadership experience, including serving as senior vice president and manager for Bank of America in Bellingham.

Pacific Asset Management in Port Orchard has hired Christina Bonney as operations manager. She previously served as corporate secretary for Westsound Bank and WSB Financial Group Inc.

December 2009

State restricts Napavine rest homes

The state Department of Social and Health Services has stopped admissions to two privately operated adult family homes located in Napavine and licensed to Carlena Ashley.

The actions against Ashley Meadows and Ashley Meadows II by regulators came after inspectors found numerous violations that they judged would jeopardize the safety and well-being of residents.

November 2009

Kudos to Olympia hospital unit

The Providence St. Peter Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Nuclear Laboratory received dual accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories for excellence in conventional nuclear imaging and nuclear cardiology.

Less than 3 percent of nuclear cardiology programs in the U.S. and Canada receive this accreditation from the ICANL.

November 2009

MultiCare will open Covington hospital

After nearly 20 years serving the community, MultiCare Health System today announced plans to expand in Covington. It will build a hospital with a 24-hour Emergency Department, more health care services, and in-patient adult and pediatric beds adjacent to the Covington MultiCare Clinic.

The addition will provide residents of communities in South King County with access to emergency medical care and new services, including a women's and children's center, labor and delivery childbirth department and expanded surgical services.

November 2009

H1N1 flu adds Pierce victim

The death of a man in his 60s in Pierce County has been attributed to the swine flu. The death, reported to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on Friday, was the 10th H1N1 death in the county since the pandemic's start last spring.

Seven of the 10 reported pandemic-related deaths in Pierce County were female victims, with the first occurring in May.

November 2009

People on the move

Saint Martin's University recently announced that A. Richard Panowicz is the new chairman and Brian Charneski is the new vice chairman of the University's Board of Trustees. Panowicz succeeds Ken Parsons who served as chair for two years.

Andrew R. Buffington has become an associate at the Tacoma law firm, Davies, Pearson P.C. He is a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

November 2009
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