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L&I to boost penalties for workplace violations

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries is proposing to increase penalties for serious workplace safety violations to make them more in line with federal standards. The move, however, could disproportionately harm small businesses that ma...

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Air ambulance launches service in Coeur d’Alene

Aurora, Ore.-based Life Flight Network plans to base a helicopter ambulance service in Coeur d’Alene beginning later this month. Life Flight, which claims to be the largest nonprofit medical flight program in the U.S., provides critical care transporta...

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Ballet-inspired barre workout trend grows

The ballet-inspired barre workout, a recent craze in women’s fitness, has made a home and grown in Spokane during the last several years with both franchised and independent studios. Barre workouts, Spokane Barre studio co-owner Courtney Wick says, mo...

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Combating county’s high maternal smoking rate

Despite the well-known dangers of smoking cigarettes during pregnancy, the percentage of expectant women who smoked in Spokane County is almost twice the rate of pregnant smokers in Washington state as a whole, say Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) ...

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Mammography bus expands capabilities, reach

Providence Health Care’s five-year-old mammography coach, which has seen recent growth in the number of mammograms it performs and is extending its reach into additional rural areas, soon also will be equipped with a portable defibrillator, giving it th...

PAML set to roll out consumer product line

Spokane-based Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories LLC is developing a new consumer-based testing product line, known as Cinch, says CEO Dr. Francisco Velázquez. Cinch, Velázquez says, will allow customers to order laboratory tests from hom...

Incyte Pathology acquires Yakima laboratory

Spokane Valley laboratory Incyte Diagnostics, which operates under the entity Incyte Pathology PS, has acquired Yakima, Wash.-based pathology group Medical Center Laboratory (MCL). Kim Hagerty, spokeswoman for Incyte, says the acquisition closed on May ...

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Exchange evolution

Even though the Washington Health Benefit Exchange surpassed the state’s health insurance enrollment goals, a lot more work can be done to improve the system, sources familiar with the exchange say. In all, the exchange enrolled more than 1 million p...

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Treating eating disorders in Spokane

The Emily Program, a Minnesota-based treatment center for eating disorders with a facility in Seattle, opened a facility on Spokane’s South Hill last June and is using psychological, nutritional, medical, and psychiatric interventions to help patients o...

Kootenai recognized for trauma treatment

Kootenai Health, the Coeur d’Alene-based health-care system that operates the largest hospital in North Idaho, recently was designated a Level III trauma center, meaning it’s recognized as highly qualified to treat patients with critical single-system...

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