Archive of: Health Care

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Kreidler says 'uninsured' will cost $1 billion

The number of Washingtonians with no health insurance will soon grow to 1 million, according to a report issued today by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

He also predicts that the cost of uncompensated medical care in the state will reach $1 billion annually by 2011. More details at this link.

November 2009

Womens' health care providers honored

Premera Blue Cross announced today that three South Sound providers are among the 28 recipients of its 2009 Healthcare Quality Awards.

Patricia Charochak, DO, of Puyallup, Tacoma's Pearl Place Women's Care and South Sound Women's Center in Olympia are on the list of best Women's Health Care Providers.

No practitioners in the region are on the Premeera list for Adult Care or Pediatric Care.

November 2009

St. Joe's program earns gold seal

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma has become the first hospital in Pierce County to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization whose staff conducted a comprehensive on-site program review in late October.

The medical center's program received Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval - the highest approval possible - and earned elite certification as a Primary Stroke  Center.

November 2009

State health program gets national kudos

The newest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine brings national attention to a unique program in Washington state that protects citizens from unproven medical procedures and devices while saving $21 million per year.

November 2009

Pierce opens H1N1 call center

Pierce County leaders opened a call center today to help provide information to the public about the H1N1 flu response effort.

The H1N1 Hotline, which opened at noon, is part of an expanded outreach program developed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Other elements of the outreach include a revamped Web site and a daily bulletin.

November 2009

Blog Watch: visitor's view & business

While not technically one of the South Sound's own active blogs, Journey Online does have a fun travel story about the writer's visit to Tacoma. It's always fun to see ourselves through the eyes of others. "Saddled with decades of derision from its glossy northern neighbor, Tacoma has quietly undertaken a makeover unlike any on the West Coast ..." writes Crai S. Bower.

Olympia Business Watch, the blogging voice of Association for Washington Business, features its opposition to certain aspects of the pending health care reform legislation in Congress.

November 2009

Small biz health care vote coming

One of the most important votes in the 111th Congress - H.R. 3962 - is expected to come up as early as Friday.

And one of this state's leading small business associations is calling on the state's representatives to vote 'No' on the House's health care reform proposal.

November 2009

St. Peter Hospital wins awards

Providence St. Peter Hospital has been recognized as the area's top hospital by the National Research Corporation. The Consumer Choice Award identifies hospitals health care consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 300 markets throughout the U.S.

St. Peter's Public Relations unit has also won one "Platinum Award" and two "Gold Awards" in the 2009 MarCom Awards competition. There were almost 5,000 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries in the 2009 competition.

October 2009

Obama continues to address small biz

This afternoon, President Barack Obama walked from the Oval Office to the Executive Office Building to speak about small business. He noted the earlier release of improving Gross Domestic Product numbers.

"We've come a long way since the first three months of 2009, when our economy shrunk by an alarming 6.4 percent," Obama said. "In fact, the 3.5 percent growth in the third quarter is the largest three-month gain we have seen in two years."

October 2009

Capital Medical gets go-ahead

The State Department of Health today approved Capital Medical Center's plan to establish an elective (non-emergent) Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) program.

The approval means the Olympia hospital had proven that there is a community need for the additional program. The service area has a total population of nearly 460,000 and is expected to add 43,000 new residents by 2012 - with the aging population growing by fully 25 percent, adding almost 16,000 seniors by 2012.

October 2009
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