Health

[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 […]

[6/26/19] WA Attorney General Files Abortions Appeal

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Washington state’s attorney general is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that allows new Trump administration hurdles for women seeking abortions to take effect. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion yesterday asking for the full appeals court in San Francisco to block those hurdles. A three-judge panel from […]

[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 […]

[6/6/19] HEALTHCARE LICENSE REVOKED

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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 […]