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MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital transitioning leadership

John Long, president of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, will retire from his position in April following the completion of the Patient Care Tower, which is scheduled to open during February.

He will be replaced by Glenn Kasman, vice president of professional services and business development. Kasman began his career as a physical therapist and has worked at Good Samaritan in various executive roles for more than 10 years.

December 2010

MultiCare approved to build new hospital in Covington

In a move that will increase access to health care in South King County, residents of Covington have won the right to a hometown hospital.

MultiCare Health System's application to build a comprehensive, 58-bed hospital in Covington was approved today by the state Department of Health.

December 2010

Governor restores some Medicaid cuts

The Washington State Medicaid program has begun notifying clients and providers of a revised list of 2011 program cuts that no longer includes some of the most heavily criticized proposals.

Among the restored benefits are retail prescription pharmacy, a family-planning program called Take Charge, physical, occupational and speech therapies, and dialysis and other emergency treatment for a small group of undocumented residents. Gov. Christine Gregoire withdrew those threatened cuts when she announced details of her supplemental budget recommendations last Friday.

December 2010

State disciplines health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.

December 2010

$145,000 grant enhances education for hospital workers in Pierce County

Clover Park Technical College and Tacoma Community College have received a $145,000 Hospital Employee Education and Training grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to provide enhanced education for hospital workers in Pierce County.

The funding will enable the colleges to offer the Nursing Assistant Certified program and nursing prerequisite courses for up to 30 MultiCare Health Systems employees who wish to enter a nursing career pathway.

December 2010

The Carol Milgard Breast Center receives excellence award

The Carol Milgard Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
The Tacoma-based facility has earned accreditation in all of the college's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

December 2010

Orthopaedic Healing Center tops 1,000 joint replacements

The Providence St. Peter Hospital Orthopaedic Healing Center performed its 1,000th elective joint replacement this week, making it the only program in southwest Washington to achieve this volume in 2010.

During 2009, only three hospitals in the state were able to complete more than 1,000 joint replacements. The Orthopaedic Healing Center completed 962 joint replacements last year.

December 2010

Paying for health care top retirement fear

As Americans grapple with impacts of recent election results, pending legislation and economic recovery on their futures, one thing is certain: they remain fearful of not being able to pay for health care costs during retirement.

A survey conducted by by Opinion Research Corp. for financial services firm Edward Jones shows nearly a quarter (23 percent) of Americans said not being able to pay for health care costs in retirement was their top fear.

December 2010

Kreidler rejects Regence rate change

After several requests for additional information, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has formally rejected requests to change the rates of individual health plans offered by Regence BlueShield, Regence BlueShield of Oregon and Asuris NW Health (Regence).

The proposed rates were scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Regence has the right to appeal the decision. Regence BlueShield and Asuris requested a 3.7 percent increase and Regence BlueShield of Oregon requested a 4.9 percent increase.

December 2010

Overall healthiness slightly improved in U.S., Washington

The nation's overall health improved one percentage point last year, but reductions in smoking, preventable hospitalizations and infectious disease were offset by continued increases in obesity, children in poverty and lack of health insurance, according to the 2010 America's Health Rankings.

Washington was ranked 11th, up one place from last year.

December 2010
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