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July 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Former Overlake ER director was downed Cessna’s pilot

The King County Medical Examiner has identified the small aircraft pilot who was killed Tuesday in Fall City as Dr. John Ciliberti, a former medical director of the emergency department at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. The medical examiner’s office said Ciliberti, 70, whose Cessna 182 crashed at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course early in the day, died …

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Comments | Topics: Cessna, crash, Dr. John Ciliberti

May 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Seattle Prep wins top honors in National Mock trial competition

The legal case was grim: a falling-out between partners in an energy-drink company, an alleged deadly drink laced with caffeine and hallucinogens, and a sudden death during a “zombie run.” But a mock-trial team from Seattle Prep was jubilant Saturday night in Madison, Wis., after winning top honors at the National High School Mock Trial Competition. The…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: National High School Mock Trial Competition, Seattle Prep

May 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Police search for suspect in Everett shooting

Update: 9:42 p.m. A shooting about 6:30 p.m. Saturday outside Horizon Elementary School in Everett has put one teenage male in the hospital, and prompted a search for the shooter. Witnesses told police a small group of  teenagers were playing basketball when a larger group of about 15 to 20 males in their late teens arrived…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Everett, Everett police, Horizon Elementary School

February 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Harborview: no primary-care clinic closures or relocations

After months of concern that Harborview Medical Center was planning to close or relocate its primary-care clinics, officials Wednesday said the existing clinics would stay put. In December, Harborview clinic faculty and staff said they had been told that officials wanted to move primary-care clinics out of the hospital. The news prompted opposition by faculty and…

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Comments | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, Johnese Spisso, Metropolitan King County Council

February 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Harborview’s top leader makes abrupt exit

Eileen Whalen, a noted trauma-services expert who has served as executive director of Harborview Medical Center since 2008, has abruptly resigned. In a short memo to staff on Friday, Johnese Spisso, chief health system officer, UW Medicine, and vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington, said Whalen’s resignation became effective on Thursday. Spisso said she will…

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Comments | Topics: Eileen Whalen, Harborview Medical Center, Johnese Spisso

February 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Hospitals sue state over new rules on mergers and affiliations

The Washington State Hospital Association, representing 98 hospitals around the state, has sued the state over new rules that add state scrutiny of hospital affiliations and mergers to a law that previously allowed the state to review only hospital “sales, purchase or lease” arrangements. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court, asks the court to invalidate…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Certificate of Need, end-of-life care, hospitals

January 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Seattle-based icebreaker heads to the rescue in Antarctic

The Seattle-based Polar Star, the  Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar icebreaker, is on its way to the Antarctic to assist a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker reportedly stuck in thick ice. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, which helped with the rescue of 52 passengers from the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy earlier in the week, is…

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Comments | Topics: Akademik Sholalskiy, icebreaker, McMurdo Sound

December 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Hospitals must post policies on reproduction, end-of-life care

The horse may be out of the barn on this one, with most hospitals in Washington settled into mergers and affiliations with bigger systems — many of them Catholic, with the attendant restrictions on reproduction and end-of-life care. Even so, the state’s Department of Health has hatched new rules requiring that any hospital changing control in…

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Comments | Topics: Catholic hospitals, Certificate of Need, Gov. Jay Inslee

December 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer, to leave post

Nobody doubts that when Dr. Maxine Hayes retires at the end of this year she’ll still be giving advice about how to avoid catching the flu.

“Wash your hands!” the state health officer is fond of saying at this time of year. For 16 years, Hayes has advised governors and secretaries of health not only on influenza outbreaks, but on a wide variety of public-health issuesDr. Maxine Hayes, including disease investigation, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and emergency response.

“Maxine has served our agency, the people of our state, and the public-health system incredibly well and will be greatly missed,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman in a statement. “She’s well-known and admired on a national level, and we’re grateful to have had such a wonderful leader and champion of public health in our midst for all of these years.”

Dr. Kathy Lofy, an agency medical epidemiologist, will serve as acting state health officer beginning Jan. 1. As a consultant to the health department’s offices of communicable disease epidemiology and infectious disease, Lofy oversees influenza surveillance.  She is the state’s former epidemic intelligence service officer and foodborne disease epidemiologist.

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