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Providence St. Peter Hospital adding 21-bed unit

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia is moving ahead with construction of a 21-bed patient care unit.

Funding for the multi-million dollar project will come from a variety of sources, including Providence Health & Services, Washington-Montana Region, hospital operating budgets and philanthropic support from the Providence St. Peter Foundation.

August 2010

Volunteers sought for hospital disaster drill

Providence Centralia Hospital is seeking volunteers age 14 and older to act as victims for a mass-victim decontamination drill Aug. 31.

The drill will simulate an accident involving a tanker containing hazardous materials and a bus with 30 adults and children.

August 2010

Washington's adult smoking rate now third lowest in the nation

New survey results show Washington's adult smoking rate has dropped to a new low of 14.8 percent. That's down from 15.3 percent the previous year.

Washington now has the third lowest smoking rate in the nation -- the state's best ranking since measuring across all 50 states started in 1995.

August 2010

Providence brings urology services to 
Lewis County

Providence Urology Centralia opened today, bringing urology services back to Lewis County for the first time since 2006. The new clinic is part of the Providence Physician Network.

Robert Hehn M.D. has joined the practice, which is in Suite K of the Providence Medical Plaza, 1800 Cooks Hill Road, Centralia.

August 2010

People on the Move

Dr. Germaine R. Johnson has joined Medical Imaging Northwest/Diagnostic Imaging Northwest. His special interests include nuclear medicine, PET, diagnostic radiology and emergency radiology. Johnson is a member of the Radiologic Society of North America, Society of Nuclear Medicine and The Pierce County Medical Society.

Frank Elliott III, division manager for Geiger Northwest/Seattle & Tacoma,
has received the Division Of The Year award. He also was recognized for 45
years of service.

August 2010

State awarded $1 million to increase transparency of health insurance rates

Washington has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to improve its review of health insurance rates and to increase transparency for the public.

The grant award--provided under the Affordable Care Act--must be used by states to improve the oversight of health insurance rates, take action against unreasonable rates and ensure that consumers receive value for their premium dollars.

August 2010

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications or registrations of several South Sound health care providers.

August 2010

Women's Funding Alliance awards $357,500 in grants

Women's Funding Alliance has awarded $357,500 to 21 Washington organizations focused on providing political, economic and social opportunities for women and girls.

The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $25,000, bring the total community contribution of WFA to more than $5.5 million since the foundation's inception.

August 2010

People on the Move

Joel Shabel has joined GVA Kidder Mathews' Tacoma brokerage division as an associate vice president. He previously worked for Colliers International, where he completed more than $40 million in commercial real estate transactions. Shabel specializes in office properties.

Shannon King-Wilson has joined John L. Scott Graham as managing broker. She has many years of business and real estate experience.

August 2010

Adverse events, medical errors now available online

Information about adverse events and medical errors in Washington hospitals and facilities is now available online.

Under state law, hospitals and medical facilities are required to report 28 types of errors that are considered "serious reportable events" by the National Quality Forum.

August 2010
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