[6/11/19] Medical Marijuana Cardholders Drop

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An Associated Press analysis has found existing medical marijuana programs take a hit when states legalize cannabis for all adults over age 21. In the most extreme case, the AP found the number of medical cardholders in Oregon dropped nearly two-thirds. Alaska’s registry dropped by 63%, followed by Nevada with nearly 40% and Colorado with […]


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The Washington State Department of Health has revoked the credentials of a Chelan County health care provider. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions including medical doctors, nurses and counselors. In April 2019 the secretary of health […]

[5/29/19] Hospital Survey

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The Three Rivers Hospital Board of Commissioners will hold a two day strategic planning retreat next week to guide the direction of the hospital for the next several years.    The first meeting of the strategic planning retreat will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center in […]

[5/16/19] Measles Reports

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The Washington State Department of Health is announcing four newly diagnosed cases of measles in residents of three western Washington counties (King County 2, Snohomish County 1, Pierce County 1). These new cases are in addition to the case Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced last weekend. While the exact exposure information for the new cases […]

[3/12/19] Three Rivers Hospital ER

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Following more than a year of planning and construction, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster will begin seeing patients in its new emergency room on Tuesday, March 19. The new ER is still located inside the hospital but it’s moving from the main front entrance to the other end of the building. The new space, which […]

[3/11/19] NCW Opioid Conference Set For Friday

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A conference to discuss ways to address the opioid epidemic is set for a number of locations in North Central Washington on Friday.

[2/4/19] Physician Assistant Suspension

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State health officials have suspended the dual license of  Douglas County health care provider Robert T. Lamberton pending further legal action. Lamberton holds a physician assistant license and an expired osteopathic physician assistant license. Lamberton has been criminally charged in Douglas County Superior Court with two counts of a class B felony sex offense and […]

[2/4/19] World Cancer Day

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Monday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and people around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. An estimated 9.5 million died from cancer in 2018 – about 26,000 cancer deaths a day – and that number is predicted to grow. Around the world, […]