[10/21/19] Drug Drop Off this Saturday

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As opioid abuse and deaths continue to rise, government agencies and health care authorities are taking action. On October 26th, people around our area and around the state can safely dispose of their unused medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting drug take-back events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday at several […]

[10/7/19] LCCHC Approves Design Concept

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At a special meeting last week of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Clinics, the Board of Commissioners voted to accept the schematic design concept for the new hospital building. Mike Ellis, LCCHC Interim CEO says the approval allows the team to move forward with specific design development. The effort has required the Board Facilities […]

[9/16/19] Hospital Expansions Prompt a Call for Oversight

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Gov. Jay Inslee said he wants more oversight of private psychiatric hospitals in the state. Inslee made the comments in a letter to Health Department Secretary John Wiesman this week, following an investigation by The Seattle Times. The Times found that as psychiatric hospitals have expanded in Washington state, with more than 850 new beds […]

[8/29/19] No Prescription Needed for Naloxone

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Pharmacies across the state can now dispense opioid overdose reversal medication without a prescription. Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy signed a statewide standing order yesterday for naloxone. The standing order, which works like a prescription, allows any person or organization in the state to purchase naloxone from a pharmacy. Washington joins more than […]

[8/27/19] Washington State Awarded Grant to Study Maternal Mortality

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Washington State was awarded $375,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat maternal mortality. The grant was authorized under legislation from Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Twenty-four other states also received different levels of grant funds. Beutler said the country’s maternal death rate has reached a crisis level and the money […]

[8/1/19] Gonorrhea Outbreak Confined

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State health officials have confirmed a gonorrhea outbreak confined to a single county. The Washington state department of health has confirmed 27 reported cases in the last three months in Walla Walla County. Health officials say in the same time span last year there were only six reported cases. Health officials say the disease is […]

[7/29/19] New Vaccination Laws and More Now In Effect

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Under a new law that took effect yesterday [Sunday], parents in Washington state will no longer be able to cite philosophical or personal beliefs to exempt their children from the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that’s required for attendance at private and public schools and day care centers. More than 80 cases of measles […]

[7/9/19] Millions Spent on Delayed Project

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State officials say they don’t know when a delayed project to bring electronic health records to facilities overseen by the state Department of Social and Health Services will be completed. Nearly $22 million has been spent on the project to implement an electronic records system at state hospitals and other facilities. The state’s contract with […]

[7/5/19] Tragedy at Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Seattle Children’s Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections. The hospital detected Aspergillus mold during a routine test of operating rooms May 18. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a report listing more than two dozen violations […]

[6/27/19] Murray Co-Sponsors Multiple Health Related Bills

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Washington’s U.S. Senator Patty Murray is becoming a key contributor to the number of health care bills in Congress. Murray has increased the number of health care-related bills she has introduced in the Senate in the past few years. The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has sponsored or […]