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Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County A patient at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The patient potentially came into contact with other patients and staff on three different occasions between mid-December and January 20. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been notified, and […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh for The Virginian-Pilot With 2016 drawing to a close and a new presidential administration poised to take over, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs faces an array of decisions related to the herbicide Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin and was used to kill vegetation during […]

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica ProPublica has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the agency failed to promptly process a request for correspondence with a consultant about Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the delays violated […]

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, announced today the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospitals award, which the group awards to hospitals with that meets its quality and safety standards. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and high-risk procedures, and lower readmission rates, the […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

But slowing down a hospital discharge requires fast action By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News The old man slept quietly as his daughter sat by his hospital bed. Suddenly, an aide walked in and announced that a move was imminent. “Your time here is up,” Bonnie Miller Rubin remembers the aide explaining. “He’s going to […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

After two years of planning and negotiations, medical and dental residents and fellows at the University of Washington now have a signed three-year union contract that provides yearly wage increases, extended leave options and a transportation allowance. Early conversations of unionizing started in the summer of 2014 when some residents at the UW Medical Center […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA faults 12 hospitals for failing to disclose injuries, deaths linked to medical devices

FDA faults 12 hospitals for failing to disclose injuries, deaths linked to medical devices

By Chad Terhune Kaiser Health News Federal regulators said 12 U.S. hospitals, including well-known medical centers in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, failed to promptly report patient deaths or injuries linked to medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration publicly disclosed the violations in inspection reports this week amid growing scrutiny of its ability […]

October 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health | The Seattle Times

A bold initiative by the University of Washington to improve the health of all the world’s people is getting a big boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is writing a $210 million check to build a home for the project — the largest single donation the UW has ever received. The new building […]

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More