Spokane Journal of Business

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Minimizing inappropriate medications

Researchers at Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University's Jefferson School of Population Health, working with colleagues at the Parma Local Health Authority in Italy, say they significantly reduced the prescribing of dangerous medications for...

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Cooper-George's Rejuvenation

The new owner of the Cooper-George Building, at 707 W. Fifth, is working to rejuvenate the 13-story structure while returning its focus to senior housing.Dennis Veeder, a 31-year registered nurse and co-owner of Sapphire Health Services, of the...

Preparation could curb looming nurse shortage

Preparation could curb looming nurse shortage

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act entered the national conversation a few years ago, for most people, 2014 seemed distant in the future. Today, the future is at our doorstep. If the Washington state legislature decides during a...

Spokane global health research niche eyed by WSU

Spokane global health research niche eyed by WSU

Research being conducted at Washington State University in Pullman could have important implications for the planned medical school here when a branch of the university's Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health starts operating in Spokane, of...

Wellness incentives stir increased participation

Spokane-area employers that offer wellness programs in some cases are seeing an uptick in employee participation, in part because incentives for participation have become more compelling.Kathy Worden, co-owner of Spokane-based Workwell LLC, a...

Using electronic records to help prioritize ICU admissions

A national shortage of critical-care physicians and beds means difficult decisions for health care professionals: how to determine which of the sickest patients are most in need of access to the intensive care unit.What if patients' electronic a...

Emergency departments aim for more efficient use

Emergency departments aim for more efficient use

How will the emergency department's role in overall health care delivery change in coming years?Dr. Jeff Collins, chief medical officer, Providence Health Care: In recent years, emergency departments have become the focal point for care in a...

Trying to solve the affordability puzzle at Group Health

Trying to solve the affordability puzzle at Group Health

Like all other health care organizations, Group Health Cooperative is facing a radically changing health care market and the pressure of rising costs. But from chaos, comes opportunity. We are adapting in ways that put our patients' needs at the to...

WSU Spokane readies for second-year med school students

WSU Spokane readies for second-year med school students

Thanks to a two-year pilot program set to start in the fall, medical students in all four years of medical school soon will receive education and training based at the Riverpoint Campus, in Spokane. Even before that pilot program starts, public and...

Integrated cancer care: Best future path for patients

Integrated cancer care: Best future path for patients

We are prevailing in the war against cancer, driven by a better understanding of genetics and the development of new targeted treatments specific to each individual patient. There have been tremendous advances in cancer care in the last decade....

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