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November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Health | Topics: hospitals, strike, Tacoma

November 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM

8 Washington hospitals are prepared for Ebola patients

OLYMPIA — The state Health Department says the risk of Ebola in Washington is low, but eight hospitals are preparing to care for Ebola patients if needed. The hospitals following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are: Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and…


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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…


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

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…


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

February 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Virginia Mason, Evergreen Healthcare deal finalized

The latest health-care partnership was made official this week: The boards of both Virginia Mason Medical Center and Evergreen Healthcare voted to approve their “strategic partnership” first announced in November. The two organizations say they plan to collaborate and integrate services, beginning with cardiac care and home and hospice care, but won’t combine finances or management….


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Evergreen Healthcare Center, health, hospitals