Archive of: Health Care

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Smoking areas shrink on campus

Finding a place to smoke a cigarette on the Centralia College campus just got a little more difficult.

Beginning with fall quarter, the college opened a smoke-free corridor stretching the east-west length of the campus, and moving north and south to the entrances to all facilities on college property. 

September 2009

MultiCare tops in nation for IT

MultiCare Health System has earned the prestigious HIMSS Davies Organizational Award of Excellence given to just one health care system in the country that effectively uses health information technology to improve the safety and quality of patient care.

It is the first health system in Washington to ever receive this honor.

September 2009

Regence proud of ranking

Regence BlueShield recently learned that Washington medical groups ranked it as the best insurance plan in the state, and 10th nationally, for payer performance.

The survey, which was conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), measured the efficiency, accuracy and consistency in which health plans paid claims as well as medical practices' satisfaction with plans' contract negotiation process, fee schedules, responsiveness to questions and payment transparency.

September 2009

Thurston County goes up in smoke

The adult smoking rate in Thurston County at 19.2 percent is higher than the state average, according to the State Department of Health's recent survey.

Statewide, the adult cigarette smoking rate has decreased to 15.3 percent, the sixth lowest in the nation.

September 2009

Warrant issued for reported caretaker scam

Medicaid recipient Lawrence Whitish died on Aug. 12, 2008. But a state's attorney says his granddaughter - a government-funded care provider - continued to bill Medicaid for his ongoing care and claimed he was "fine."

September 2009

People on the move

Denise Revels Robinson has been named assistant secretary for Children's Administration within the state Department of Social and Health Services. She will assume her new post on Oct. 19, bringing some 40 years experience working in child welfare, most recently as executive policy advisor at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Tony Miltenberger has joined the South Seattle office of GVA Kidder Mathews as an industrial properties specialist. Most recently as a principal with Nicholson Investment Properties, a local commercial real estate developer, where he was the exclusive developer of Rite Aid stores in Washington and California.

September 2009

People on the move

Larry Blanchard, who has spent the last decade managing the construction and maintenance of City of Kent's streets, sewer and water mains, is resigning as Public Works Director effective Sept. 30 to take a position with the City of Burien. Tim Laporte, deputy director of Public Works, has been appointed Interim Director.

Pacific Lutheran University alum Mark Eliasen is joining Horizon Air as its vice president of finance. He is responsible for all of Horizon's core finance-related activities.

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has added Jeff Faunce as company-wide Construction Services Practice Leader based in the firm's Puget Sound office. A graduate of Washington State University, he recently created a construction management division for a local A/E firm, which grew from zero to 20 people in less than four years.

September 2009

People on the move

Tom DiDonna, R.N., director of education at Mason General Hospital, was recently re-appointed to the National Faculty for the American Heart Association (AHA) for resuscitation and emergency care training.  It is the highest leadership voluntary position in the AHA. Earlier this year, DiDonna was named a Health Care Champion for South Sound by Thurston County Chamber and Business Examiner.

September 2009

Mason General moving forward

Mason General Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging department was recently awarded another three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. The survey is based on a peer-review evaluation of the department.

The education department at Mason General recently moved its administration offices and classrooms off-campus, to the new Learning Center at 2505 Gateway Center, just behind the business and development offices, near McDonald's fast-food restaurant.

September 2009

Providence St. Peter ousts C-level execs

Jim Leonard, CEO of Providence St. Peter Hospital since 2006, will be out of that job this month. Vice president positions at both the Olympia health care facility and Providence Centralia Hospital will also be vacated.

Providence Health & Services in Southwest Washington announced these changes in its senior leadership structure today, saying they're designed to streamline operations and create more integrated working relationships among the two hospitals and Providence Physicians Network.

September 2009
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