Archive of: Health Care

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Partnership saves childhood vaccine program

A public-private partnership has restored funding for a state program that buys vaccine for all Washington children.

Some state funding for the human papillomavirus vaccine program had been cut last year, and the rest was scheduled to end May 1. However, because of the public-private partnership, funds that had been cut have been replaced with an assessment to the state from health plans.

May 2010

Admissions stopped at Lakewood adult family home

The state Department of Social and Health Services has stopped admissions to Comfort Zone AFH, a privately operated adult family home, located at 3128 Sylvia Boulevard South, Lakewood.

The state took the action against the home, which is licensed to Angelina Dameron-Starks, after finding numerous violations that jeopardized the safety and well-being of residents.

May 2010

Uninsured will get temporary help from state

Washington intends to run its own temporary, federally funded high-risk health insurance program.

"We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to provide much needed coverage to our uninsured," said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. "There are many details that need to be worked out, but we plan to leverage the administrative framework and experience of the Washington State Health Insurance Program."

April 2010

Blog watch: income tax, health care and living life

Check out the WashACE Blog for "Lots of talk abut the income tax initiative."

The Live Wire provides updates about the Washington Policy Center's eighth annual Health Care Conference coming up in June and the Pierce County Library System's facilities master plan.

April 2010

Washington home care costs among nation's highest

Home care costs, as well as costs of most other long-term care services, are higher in Washington than they are nationally, according to Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey.

The median annual rate for home care costs in Washington is $49,695 statewide, 14 percent greater than the median annual rate of $43,472 nationally. Washington is the ninth most expensive state for home care services.

April 2010

Rx360 presenter training available

Washington is one of 16 states where prescription drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of accidental death.

To break that trend, TOGETHER!, in partnership with the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is launching an education program called Rx360.

April 2010
UPS receives $650K for Center for Health Sciences

UPS receives $650K for Center for Health Sciences

University of Puget Sound has received $650,000 in commitments from three foundations toward the design and construction of a Center for Health Sciences.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has pledged $400,000, The Norcliffe Foundation $150,000 and the Titus-Will Families Foundation $100,000.

April 2010

Admissions stop at Lacey boarding home

The state Department of Social and Health Services stopped admissions to  Bonaventure of Lacey, a boarding home at 4528 Intelco Loop SE. The operation is licensed to Bonaventure of Lacey LLC.
The state took the action after finding numerous violations that jeopardized the safety and well-being of residents. 

April 2010

State disciplines health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in Pierce and Thurston counties:

Pierce County

The Registered Counselor Program charged Karen A. Young with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against her registration.

April 2010

Intersection near Good Samaritan Hospital to close briefly

Construction of a traffic roundabout to support the new Patient Care Tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital will close the intersection of 15th Avenue SE at 3rd Street SE for three weeks starting May 3.
The intersection is near the main entrance to the hospital and surrounding health care services in Puyallup.

April 2010
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