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Puget Sound Health Alliance launches program to improve hospital care

The Puget Sound Health Alliance will be working with six hospitals across the region as part of the Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network.

The nationwide program, which is being led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is an effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform.

January 2011

People on the Move

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County has selected officers for its 2011 board of directors. They include: Rick Hjelm, Phase II General Contractor Inc., president; Jim Yurina, Pacific Bay Inc., vice president treasurer; Sue Zimmerman, Horiuchi  Zimmerman Bartels P.S., second vice president; Joe Maxwell, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate-Pacific Commons, vice president secretary; and Gordon Neu, Neu Construction Inc., immediate past president.

Dr. Angela J. Bowen has received the Leadership in Human Protection Award from the World Health Organization. She also is the recipient of a "Lifetime Achievement Award" sponsored by the Office of Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented by Health Improvement Institute in Washington D.C. Bowen is the founder of Olympia-based Western Institutional Review Board.

January 2011

State takes action against health care providers

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

December 2010

People on the Move

Jim Lowery has been appointed to the Centralia College Board of Trustees. He is a long-time area resident, business owner and former Lewis County commissioner.

Penny Cook has been named employee of the quarter for Olympia Federal Savings. She began her career with the bank in 2005 as a customer service representative and was promoted to the accounting department during 2006.

December 2010

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
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