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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
Hospitals say they’re being slammed by drug price hikes

Hospitals say they’re being slammed by drug price hikes

By Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News Hospitals are getting slammed by drug price hikes that often have nothing to do with improving patient health, a new report has found. Inpatient drug spending increased by 23.4 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, compared with 9.9 percent annual increases on retail drug spending during the same period, […]

October 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Most hospitals offer palliative care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment, while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health system. But hospital programs vary widely, and the majority fail to provide adequate staff to meet national […]

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Patient at Overlake diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

Patient at Overlake diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County A patient at Overlake Medical Center has been diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection from Legionella bacteria. The patient is a male in his 60s with a medical condition that puts him at increased risk to infection. His health condition is reportedly improving. Overlake […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Operating room equipment at UW Medical Center found to be contaminated with Legionella

Operating room equipment at UW Medical Center found to be contaminated with Legionella

From the University of Washington Medical Center Three pieces of operating room equipment at the University of Washington Medical Center have been found to have Legionella bacteria; these are heater/cooler units used to indirectly heat and cool blood during cardiac surgery. The water from these machines does not come into contact with the patient’s blood at […]

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seattle dentists, clinics and a hospital partner to provide specialty care for teeth

Seattle dentists, clinics and a hospital partner to provide specialty care for teeth

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News For Medicaid or uninsured patients who require complex dental surgeries, seeking care can be a daunting journey of clinic hopping when many health centers are ill-equipped to offer that level of service — and the clinics that can are financially out of reach. Eventually, the pain often lands these […]

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
UW Medical Center issues update on Legionella cases

UW Medical Center issues update on Legionella cases

The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle has send out a notification to its patients with updated information about the cases of Legionnaire’s disease that have been linked to an ice machine in the center’s hospital.

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Two patients at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

Two patients at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection from Legionella bacteria.  Both patients received care in their cardiac care units. The first patient […]

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gaps in care persist in transition from hospital to home

Gaps in care persist in transition from hospital to home

By Anna Gorman / Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SAN DIEGO — Alton Rodgers had just come in from gardening when he suddenly blacked out and collapsed on the floor. The 89-year-old Kentucky native spent about 10 days at Palomar Hospital, where doctors told him a build-up of fluid around his heart was the culprit. […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to fight for yourself at the hospital – and avoid readmission

How to fight for yourself at the hospital – and avoid readmission

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Everything initially went well with Barbara Charnes’ surgery to fix a troublesome ankle. But after leaving the hospital, the 83-year-old soon found herself in a bad way. Dazed by a bad response to anesthesia, the Denver resident stopped eating and drinking. Within days, she was dangerously weak, almost entirely […]

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More