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Blog watch: politics, health care and cuts

Exit133 posted an item today on how the Tacoma City Council just narrowed down the candidates for its two open seats. To check out the eight candidates moving forward or to get a rundown of last night's council meeting, click here. Meanwhile the Olympia City Council has inspired people to post a few items about downtown isthmus plans on the OlyBlog.

January 2010

Hospital infection rates available online

Washington residents can now compare and research infection rates for hospitals in the state with an online tool.

The information is from the state Department of Health.

January 2010

Mason General purchases local clinic

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, a local podiatry surgery and care clinic will become a member of the Mason General Hospital family of clinics. Board-certified podiatric surgeons John Rice and James Wright will continue to provide care at Mason General Hospital Ankle & Foot, including diabetes-related ankle and foot care and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, as they have in the area since 1989.

December 2009

Pierce H1N1 counts doses for 2009

More than 238,000 H1N1 flu doses were distributed for vaccination in metropolitan Tacoma during 2009 in response to the swine flu outbreak that started last spring.

Despite the efforts, 11 Pierce County residents died of the flu this year and another 120,000 are counted as having contracted the illness.

December 2009

Money available to improve workplace health

Employers within Thurston County are invited to apply for funding to support employee health and wellness programs.

The county has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to support employers interested in completing projects that create better access to healthy eating or physical activity at work and promoting those options to employees.

December 2009

New health care options next week

The Franciscan Health System and its medical group will open the new Medical Pavilion-Canyon Road next Monday, Jan. 4, at 15214 Canyon Road E. in Puyallup.

It will include an urgent care clinic that is open every day, along with new Family Medicine and Specialty clinics, as well as Physical Therapy services and a pharmacy.

December 2009

Paperwork filed for Covington hospital

MultiCare Health System filed plans last week with the state Department of Health to build a 58-bed hospital in Covington.

Following plans first reported by the BE Daily Nov. 23, it also will add a 24-hour Emergency Department adjacent to the existing Covington MultiCare Clinic.

December 2009

People on the move

Richard Petrich has joined the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System as vice president for planning and business development. A long-time Tacoma resident, he most recently served as administrator for strategy and business development at the MultiCare Health System.

The City of Tumwater has selected Sumner City Administrator John Doan to be its new city administrator. His new position in Tumwater will begin Jan. 26, 2010, after more than 18 years in Sumner. He replaces Doug Baker who is retiring in Tumwater at the end of the month.

Print NW has promoted Jenilee Antone to vice president of sales.

December 2009

Blog watch: state is growing

David Ammons, a former long-time Associated Press reporter and current public information officer for the Secretary of State, reports today in his blog that census projections show Washington is now the 13th most populous state in the union. More persons continue to move here and residents continue to have babies. Net growth of 100,000 last year brings the total to 6.7 million and might add another Congressional District by 2012.

The state Labor Council revealed its 2010 Legislative Agenda on a blog today. The headline proclaims "Jobs. Jobs. Jobs." as in creating jobs, retaining jobs and strengthening jobs.

Richard S. Davis, a long-term independent research analyst on state topics who is often considered a friend of business interests, calls the labor agenda "mostly old wine in old bottles." Guess he's not impressed and he explains why.

December 2009

People on the move

Tim Lynch is the new regional director of pharmaceutical services for the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System. He succeeds Ron Broekemeier, who retired Dec. 4 to conduct surveys of pharmacy residency programs for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and to provide independent consulting services.

Michael Olels, monitor technician in Mason General Hospital's emergency department, was selected by his peers to be "Employee of the Month" for December. He has worked for MGH a total of 6 years.

December 2009
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