Spokane Journal of Business

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Emergency bypass surgery comes far in 50 years

A procedure pioneered in Spokane by medical teams led by cardiologist Dr. Francis Everhart and cardiac surgeon Dr. Ralph Berg in 1971 changed the standard of care for people having a heart attack and has led to further advances in emergency ...


Pandemic pushes scores of people toward retirement

Last year, investment adviser Kyle Weir received a call from a client looking to explore her options. Weir’s client, a veteran educator, was right against retirement age....


A home-health care comeback

Following a sharp decrease in demand as the pandemic swept through Washington state in March, in-home care companies now are starting to see an uptick in demand for their services, as isolation and exhaustion lead more seniors to seek outside care...


Vaccinations underway at Spokane retirement homes

COVID-19 vaccines are being administered throughout retirement communities here, and administrators say the process is going smoothly. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, more than 63,000 doses of the vaccine had been ...

Five qualities to seek in a financial adviser

Walmart is getting into the business of financial advice? I immediately thought, well, they are no longer as prevalent now that Amazon has taken so much of their market share, and they are trying to stay profitable to the market changes....


The closing chapter on the Metropolitan Mortgage saga

U.S. Bankruptcy Court trusts have issued what might be the final payments to investors who lost hundreds of millions of dollars when Spokane-based Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co. and affiliate Summit Securities Inc. shut down nearly two decades ago...


Spokane-area lenders undertake second round of PPP funding

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a third round of Paycheck Protection Program loan funds, and bankers here say they’re prepared to handle changes made as a result of updates to the program....


Promotion reflects love of community banking for State Bank Northwest exec

The banking field hasn’t lost its luster for Lorilei Bruggink, who has worked in the industry for 35 years and was named president of Spokane Valley-based State Bank Northwest earlier this month....


Federal student aid system undergoes overhaul

Several policy changes were included in the recently approved 2021 Omnibus spending bill that will ease the federal student aid application process and expand Pell Grant eligibility, industry observers here say....


High end, high demand in Spokane’s housing market

The luxury-home market is especially hot in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market due to what some agents say is a convergence of factors. ...

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