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To our visitors & readers:|
This Web site has been relying in the past on the ability to link to specific health and wellness articles in local newspapers. Increasingly, these papers are switching to a business model which requires a paid subscription for online access (the latest being the Kitsap Sun earlier this week). We will continue to try to provide information about local health and health care issues, but it will be more difficult and time-consuming unless we find new, convenient and free online sources. Suggestions are welcome. Otherwise stay tuned..... (May 16, 2013)
Swedish acquiring Kingston Clinic [Kitsap Sun, Oct 7, 2015]
Harrison will keep significant presence in Bremerton , Patriot, Aug 12/13, 2015.
BREMERTON – During an Aug. 11 panel discussion on how to reduce health care costs, David Schultz, market president for the CHI Franciscan Health peninsula region, spoke a little bit about what Harrison Medical Center’s Bremerton campus might look like when the hospital eventually shifts focus to its Silverdale campus.....
- CHI Franciscan Health Names Market President for Peninsula Region
Harrison MC Press Releases - 7/16/2015
(TACOMA) – CHI Franciscan Health has named David Schultz, market president for the Peninsula Region that includes Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale, and St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor. Schultz has been serving as president of Harrison Medical Center since December, 2014. St. Anthony Hospital president Kurt Schley has accepted the chief executive officer position for CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota.
- "Advocate makes hospital stay easier," Kitsap Sun, April 19, 2015, 1D & 6D; [by Ginny Sugimoto, M.D. Family Practioner frpm Group Health, Port Orchard, Hospital Privileges at Harrison MC, Bremerton]
"Modern health care has become more technical and complex than ever before. Patients need someone who can advocate for their care, especially when they are not feeling their best..."
- Hadlock Medical sold to Physician, PT Leader, April 15, 2015, p.1 ["Changes under way; PT Businesswoman also involved in helping making upgrades"]
- Health inspections: Food safety a priority [PTLeader Feb 18, 2015]
".... caught the attention of staff at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH).
The county employees are tasked with monitoring food safety at any business or entity that serves food, from restaurants to school lunchrooms to the county jail.
Each food service establishment is routinely inspected twice a year; low-risk establishments are routinely inspected once a year if there is a good performance history. Inspections assess points in red (high risk) and blue (low risk) criteria based on the chance for food-borne illness..."
- Hospital expansion bids rejected as too high PTLeader Feb 11, 2015.
- Jefferson Healthcare brings heart issues to PT, Ludlow forums," PTLeader Feb 4, 2015
Hospital expansion project heads out to bid PTLeader Dec 31, 2014
- Jefferson Healthcare to triple size of Ludlow clinic:
Port Ludlow Associates would build clinic, lease to hospital district
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Jeff Noedel.
Christmas came early to Port Ludlow residents when Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn announced Monday the plans to open a new clinic in Port Ludlow, triple the size of the existing facility....
Staff would be increased (main healthcare providers and specialists), radiology services would be upgraded and it would be telemedicine equipped.
"The operating costs of the new facility are already in our 2015 budget," Glenn said. Some in the audience seemed surprised when he added, "the project could start in first quarter 2015." [...]
- The New Dawn of Dialysis Univ. of Washington Alumni Assoc. December 2014, pp.28ff.
The UW — birthplace of home dialysis — unveils the next thing in fighting kidney failure
By Julie Garner
Harrison Medical Center Board Approves Single Hospital Campus CHI Franciscan News Nov 2014.
NBBJ has been selected as Architect for the project
Tacoma - The Harrison Medical Center Board of Directors has given their final approval to a plan that will consolidate acute hospital care services at their Silverdale Campus. As part of the board’s Vision 2020: Building Exceptional Heath Care planning process they are also working with community leaders to determine the outpatient services that will continue to be offered in Bremerton. The Bremerton Community Health Care Advisory Group plans to present their recommendations to the board in the spring of 2015.
- Harrison President and CEO, Scott Bosch, To Retire
Press Release (Harrison MC- 3/28/2014 ) [He will transition leadership by July 2014]
- Harrison workers reject contract offer
Central Kitsap Reporter, Apr 2, 2014.
Matt Ready: From Occupy PT to hospital board by A.Arthur PT Leader Jan 8, 2014
Affiliation changes being implemented at Harrison,
[By Tad Sooter,
Kitsap Sun, October 18, 2013]
BREMERTON — A first wave of changes is taking effect at Harrison Medical Center as it integrates with Franciscan Health System.
Employees in Harrison’s finance division will transition to employment under private firm Conifer Health Solutions, Franciscan parent company Catholic Health Initiatives, and Franciscan. About 120 people are affected, including those working in billing, patient access, and supply chain and warehouse management.
Hospital expansion project to be decided soon PT Leader Sept 13, 2013.
- "Consumer Reports rates Jefferson Healthcare high for surgeries:
Small hospital lauded as one of best in state," PT Leader Aug 2013, by Allison Arthur
Consumer Reports has ranked Jefferson Healthcare alongside Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and five other hospitals as the top hospitals in Washington to have surgery. There were 4,175 surgeries performed at Jefferson Healthcare during the time Consumer Reports did its evaluation – between 2009 and 2011.
State won’t review affiliation plan of Bremerton hospital, Franciscan
by Carol M. Ostrom
Seattle Times, posted: August 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM
A proposed affiliation between Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and the Franciscan Health System will not be reviewed by the state and can move ahead, the Department of Health said Tuesday.
The decision prompted criticism by the ACLU of Washington, which said the state is “abdicating its role as a watchdog for health care transactions,” because of restrictions on access to legal reproductive and end-of-life options imposed by Franciscan, a Catholic health-care system.
- UW Medicine tries to calm critics of link to Catholic health system – Seattle Times May 26, 2013
| OR HERE!
Leaders of UW Medicine, surprised by a barrage of criticism over a plan to affiliate with a Catholic system, are attempting to assure critics that the arrangement would not limit its services, particularly reproductive care or end-of-life services barred by Catholic ethical directives.
- Harrison-Franciscan affiliation comes amid wave of secular-religious partnerships [Kitsap Sun, May 2013]
UW Medicine, Catholic health system to have ‘strategic affiliation’ Seattle Times, May 20, 2013 (Peace Health)
Harrison offers First Peek at new Ortho Center [Kitsap Sun, May 2, 2013]
Robotic surgery lawsuit focuses on doctor training
Kitsap Sun, April 17, 2013.
PORT ORCHARD —The training of surgeons who use the da Vinci Surgical System is being called into question in a Kitsap trial that is attracting national attention.
New York Time article of March 2013
Harrison, Franciscan talks on despite bigger breakdown
By Rachel Pritchett;
April 9, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.
"BREMERTON —The suspension of affiliation talks between the parent of Franciscan Health System of Tacoma and PeaceHealth of Vancouver will not affect smaller ongoing affiliation talks between Franciscan and Harrison Medical Center, both sides say..."
Harrison buys land for new urgent care clinic on Bainbridge Kitsap Sun, Nov 14, 2012.
"... it plans to build a 13,000-square-foot clinic... is buying a 2.5-acre parcel at the intersection of Madison Avenue and New Brooklyn Road,... The new clinic could open in 2014... will provide urgent care 24 hours a day, in addition to a primary care clinic and offices for physicians and specialists. The clinic will be located near Madrona House, an 81-bed assisted living and dementia care center now under construction. The site is also close to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department station... it expects to see 10,000 urgent care patients in its first year ... (and) to eventually hire up to 47 full time employees... The Doctors Clinic and Virginia Mason Medical Center already operate clinics in Winslow.
Nursing home gets better amid tightening resources , By Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun, November 3, 2012
Financing for nursing homes is rough and getting rougher under health-care reform, but that doesn't seem to matter to one small Bainbridge facility that's improving fast.....
A local group of nursing homes and other senior-care providers have formed a new group to improve the quality of care while working closer to find necessary efficiencies and cost-cutting under reform. Among the goals of the Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP) is to create better coordination between facilities when a person is transferred from one facility to another, or home. The KC4TP group also seeks to cut hospital readmission rates....
Press Release, Franciscan Health System [Oct 16, 2012]
- Harrison joins:
Franciscan Health System! (Tuesday, October 16, 2012)
Kitsap Sun | CEO Video
| Tacoma News Tribune
Harrison Medical Center to outsource portions of records unit Kitsap Sun, July 23, 2012.
"The Health Information Management Department feeds and extracts information in and out of the hospital medical-records system.
Transcriptionists in the department translate doctors' verbal notes into written and electronic form. Others handle the release of
patient information. Still others are coders and operators.
...Harrison will be outsourcing just the transcription and patient-information jobs, but not the coders and operators.
Thirteen of the lost jobs will be in transcription jobs; three will be in patient information..."
Read the Inaugural Issue of Seattle Health Magazine Seattle Magazine June 2012
[about Summer 2012 issue of Seattle Health Magazine]
"Gone are the days when doctors gave orders, we complied and were hesitant to ask
questions or research options. Today we want to be partners with our doctors.
We research what’s going on in the medical community, and we participate in decisions
about health care for ourselves and our loved ones."
"To aid in that research, and to help you navigate the rich landscape of medical resources
available in your own backyard, the publishers of Seattle magazine, ... , have created Seattle Health
to provide relevant, easy-to-digest information on medical developments, service
providers, clinics and more in the Puget Sound area—all intended to assist you in making
important health care decisions."
Nursing home becomes first to add resident doctor
By Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun,
June 17, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
"Life Care Center of Port Orchard has added a full-time doctor to its staff, the only one among
the nine private nursing homes in Kitsap County to do so [....]
Three years ago, Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America was among the first nursing-home corporations
to add full-time doctors to its 220 facilities. So far, 47 have been hired, five of them in Washington, through its newly
formed subsidiary, Life Care Physician Services. In 2011, Life Care pushed a bill through the Legislature allowing nursing
homes in Washington to employ doctors. Residents pay Life Care Physician Services for their visits to the doctor who is
now just down the hall...."
"A Village of Elders" PTLeader June 6, 2012 (Editorial by Scott Wilson)
"... Our seniors, as they face the gradual creep of afflictions that limit their mobility,
their acquaintances and their engagement, face two great enemies, noted Harvey.
First: ignorance. Second: isolation. Ignorance does not mean they are stupid.
Rather, it means they have questions about services, about programs,
about whom they can safely call upon for assistance, about housing, about Medicare,
about insurance, about safety, about health, about whether their money will last –
but they don’t know where to get answers..."
Construction poised to begin on major Bainbridge senior facility
Kitsap Sun, June 5, 2012.
"... Licensed for 81 beds, the 46,500-square-foot facility will have four floors.
The top two will have as many as 60 dementia patients sharing semiprivate rooms.
Twenty-one assisted-living apartments will be on the first two floors.
Couples will be able to receive both assisted-living and dementia care
while not being separated, a first on Bainbridge.
The facility will be almost entirely private pay.
The monthly cost for an assisted-living unit will be roughly $3,000;
for the dementia unit, as much as $4,500...."
Harrison considering outsourcing records unit; Kitsap Sun, May 4th, 2012.
"... The department, located at Harrison's facility in East Bremerton, employs about 50 people who manage patient records,
including paperwork to release records, and translate records and other data into the hospital's electronic-records system.
Most are transcriptionists, and others are technicians and coders.
No decision has been made. ..."
Franciscan asks state to reconsider home-health decision Kitsap Sun, May 2, 2012
Many scenarios as Harrison investigates partnership opportunity
Kitsap Sun, April 29, 2012, p.1 etc.
'Harrison Medical Center is in the midst of discussions to affiliate with a bigger system, and it appears likely
it will head in that direction, even though its leaders say it still can remain independent.
"Affiliate" is an amorphous term and can mean anything from a complete buyout to partnering in some way.
No one yet knows what it would mean for a community that since the 1918 flu pandemic has had its own independent hospital....'
Traffic Impacts of and Improvements for new Harrison Orthopedic Center in Silverdale, Kitsap Sun, April 20, 2012.
"... The $21 million expansion will add a three-story, 45,000-square-foot
orthopedic center to the existing building. The center would include four operating rooms
and the addition of 50 private patient rooms, each about 200 square feet, according to
hospital CEO Scott Bosch.
Plans to build a 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot data center across Ridgetop from the
hospital have been put on hold. The $7 million center would store electronic records,
but Bosch said the project has been stalled indefinitely while the hospital decides
if it will partner with a larger regional health care system...."
- Hospital CEOs share finances, future in Ludlow
Port Townsend Leader, April 18, 2012, Page A15, By Allison Arthur
(reprinted with permission) [PDF Version]
"Jefferson Healthcare has already connected to Swedish Health Services in order to save money and add depth to its small public hospital system that serves Jefferson County.
Now, Harrison Medical Center in Kitsap County, which also serves Jefferson County, is looking at affiliating with a larger organization.
Financial survival is the bottom line for both healthcare systems, Jefferson Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Mike Glenn and Harrison Medical Center CEO Scott Bosch
told a crowd of some 80 people who turned out April 11 at the Beach Club in Port Ludlow. Their talk was sponsored by Port Ludlow Wellness Forums...."
Key Harrison infection rates continue to improve
By Rachel Pritchett , Kitsap Sun, Posted April 16, 2012
- Jefferson Healthcare has new clinics under its umbrella, PT Leader, April 5, 2012 [no online access without subscription]
Franciscan denied approval for providing home health in Kitsap; Kitsap Sun, April 5, 2012 [By Rachel Pritchett]
Medicare group accepts Harrison correction plan Kitsap Sun, April 5, 2012
Harrison's ER Treatment can be Trusted Kitsap Sun, April 4, 2012 [by Ronald R. Reimer, M.D. and Susan L. Reimer, M.D.]
Harrison CEO: ‘We’re investigating’
By RICHARD WALKER
Editor, North Kitsap Herald
March 29, 2012 · Updated 4:06 PM
Harrison reacting to possibility of losing Medicare
By Ed Friedrich, Kitsap Sun. Posted March 23, 2012
An investigation by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
determined the hospital violated the Emergency Medical Treatment
and Labor Act (EMTALA) in its handling of a couple involved in a
head-on crash Dec. 30 on Hansville Road.
Harrison Medical Center threatened with Medicare termination
By KIPP ROBERTSON, Education/Sports Reporter,
North Kitsap Herald , March 22, 2012 ·
Harrison Medical Center Bremerton, WA: Vote Now Here's what this organization had to say about their application:
Harrison Medical Center is a 297-bed hospital serving residents on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. [....]
Palliative Care and Hospice services have been unavailable and/or fragmented in the community
until Harrison opened inpatient Palliative Care in 2008. Our mission is to provide compassionate,
comprehensive interdisciplinary care that reduces suffering and enhances quality of life for patients
and families experiencing advanced illness, aggressively treating pain and distressing physical and psychological
symptoms in a consultation model with primary care providers and specialists. [...]
Evergreen Healthcare and Virginia Mason Medical Center Approve Strategic Partnership Agreement Evergren Hospital Press Release, February 22nd 2012.
"... The partnership will create both a broader network of care in the Puget Sound region and develop new models of care and innovation
that will provide greater value to patients, employers and the communities served by both organizations. Evergreen and Virginia Mason
view the partnership as a unique means for both organizations to work together to improve quality and grow in ways that make clinical
and economic sense without costly duplication of services.
The agreement calls for clinical collaborations and integration of care across a wide-range of specialties, beginning with cardiology and home care....'
Senate approves protection for KPS Health Plans clients Kitsap Sun, 10 Feb 2012
County approves Harrison expansion plans in Silverdale; Kitsap Sun,
By Christopher Dunagan
Posted Feb 10, 2012
"Harrison Medical Center expects to break ground this spring on a new three-story orthopedics hospital and separate data center
at its Silverdale campus, following approval this week by the Kitsap County hearing examiner....
The proposed 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot data center, to be built across Ridgetop Boulevard from the hospital, would store
electronic records. Access would be from Chena Road. The cost is estimated at $7.6 million.
The hearing examiner's approval also allows for a 4,000-square-foot expansion to the emergency department,
a project still under consideration by Harrison officials..."
Franciscan pushes to provide Home-Health in Kitsap Kitsap Sun, Feb 7, 2012
TACOMA — In yet another competitive move against Bremerton-based Harrison Medical Center, Franciscan Health System of Tacoma
wants to offer home-health services in Kitsap County.....
Forks hospital approval makes whole North Olympic Peninsula linked with Seattle’s Swedish health network By Rob Ollikainen,
Peninsula Daily News, Jan 25, 2012. [Swedish Health Network]
Forks Community Hospital became the third and final North Olympic Peninsula hospital to join the Swedish Health Network this week.
The affiliation is intended to expand medical services with the help of Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center.
Olympic Medical Center commissioners in Port Angeles approved a 20-year umbrella agreement with Swedish in October.
Jefferson Healthcare commissioners followed suit in November.
Patients will be referred to Swedish for health care they can’t get on the Peninsula.
Harrison Medical Center considers joining larger health care system
By Chris Henry, Kitsap Sun, Posted January 17, 2012 at 4:20 p.m.
" [...] The hospital's census has been down for the past three years, due in part to the economy,
said David Veterane, chairman of the board. There is competition from St. Anthony Hospital in
Gig Harbor to the south and from major hospitals a ferry ride away in Seattle. And the full effect
of health care reform is uncharted territory...
Harrison is financially sound and stable, Veterane said, but the board would be remiss not to
explore its options...
Formal requests for proposals will be sent out Jan. 27 to organizations that have indicated an
interest in a partnership. Proposals are due in March, and the discussion of whether to
consolidate could last eight months or more, (CEO Scott) Bosch said."
Press Release: Harrison Medical Center:
"Harrison's stroke program recognized for outstanding care"- 1/4/2012
Program dedicated to positive outcomes for stroke patients
".... Harrison’s coordinated approach to stroke care recently earned the Medical Center the American Stroke Association's Get
With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Harrison’s commitment and
success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according
to nationally accepted standards and recommendations..."
"...Christine Wayman, RN, MSN, Harrison’s Stroke Coordinator, works with the Medical Center’s Stroke Committee and the Hospital’s Co-Medical Directors,
Dr. Robert Rubenstein, Neurology and Dr. Adeel Seyal, Internal Medicine, to further Harrison’s Stroke Program. ..."
"...Collaboration and treatment close by: Harrison also partners with Harborview Medical Center’s Telestroke Program to allow 24/7
consultation with a vascular neurologist and access to University of Washington stroke experts. Along with real-time consultation,
the organizations share education and research as well as evidence-based clinical protocols and practice guidelines to ensure
constant innovation in care.
With new facility, Peninsula aims to be more than 'poor people's clinic' posted: Kitsap Sun, Dec 27, 2022.
"Peninsula Community Health Services is about to open a second large clinic in Bremerton
as it positions itself to serve not just the poor, but aging baby boomers, too....
With the Wheaton Way clinic, PCHS more strongly positions itself to be one of two major providers of primary care in the region,
Group Health Cooperative being the other. Moving in the opposite direction has been Harrison and Harrison HealthPartners, and
The Doctors Clinic, all which have been moving toward specialty care....
PCHS follows a national trend of community health clinics inching toward the mainstream, but the local community-health system
continues to give special consideration to the homeless. Willow's Fund, created after the book about local homelessness,
"Breakfast at Sally's," helps homeless people meet the $25 fee. Author Richard LeMieux is on the PCHS board...."
- Medic One hones its lifesaving CPR skills
Seattle Times, Dec 13, 2011.
Research and refined CPR techniques have helped create high cardiac-arrest survival rates in Seattle and King County,
but the Medic One Foundation, which pays for paramedic training through donations, says raising funds has been tough in today's economic climate
Incl. photo: From left, Seattle Fire Department's Alan Goto, Brian Snyder of Bellevue Fire Department, Michael Russell of Seattle Fire
and Peter Wichstrom of Port Ludlow Fire Department, demonstrate CPR skills.
Kitsap clinics bring latest breast-imaging technology to county", Kitsap Sun, posted Dec 11, 2011 (paper issue Dec.12, p.A1)
"... AMI joins Poulsbo-based InHealth Imaging to be among one of the first clinics in the county to have the technology.
InHealth Imaging bought the machine in May and was the first on the West Coast to offer 3-D mammograms, also known as tomosynthesis.
"The ultimate goal is to have more women get checked for breast cancer.
There's such a good chance of survival when breast cancer is detected early enough," said InHealth Imaging owner and radiologist Manfred Henne...."
- Hospital CEO (Mike Glenn): Draconian Cuts Surface in New State Bill," PT Leader, Dec 7, 2011, p.A2. [not online]
Major expansion planned next year for Harrison's Silverdale campus
By Rachel Pritchett
Kitsap Sun, November 28, 2011
"Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale is about to get bigger in the not-so-distant future.
The hospital has filed paperwork with Kitsap County seeking permission to build an orthopedics
hospital and data center, as well as an expanded emergency department, all to be completed around fall 2013.
Groundbreaking for the hospital could be in May. Major orthopedics surgery now is done at Harrison's campus in East Bremerton, ..."
Hospital approves Swedish affiliation
11/17/2011 11:04:00 AM, PT Leader,
It took less than 15 minutes Nov. 16 for Jefferson Healthcare Hospital commissioners to vote unanimously to affiliate with Swedish Medical Center....
While Jefferson Healthcare hopes for an infusion of big-city support and expertise in areas it currently can’t afford now on its own,
Swedish is hoping more patients from the Olympic Peninsula will decide to use its services.... See a fuller story in the
Nov.16th issue of the Leader.
Hospital board set to vote on Swedish affiliation
Allison Arthur, PT Leader, 11/16/2011 6:01:00 AM
"... Patient safety was a top priority, as was partnering with a larger health-care system that could augment services the rural hospital can’t afford,
Glenn said. “Services we can’t bring to the peninsula, we want to hardwire for our patients to travel to Seattle to get,” he said.
Hospital officials said patients could still decide where they go for services.
The hospital also expects to have better training opportunities both for management and physicians. A huge focus would be to integrate medical records...."
- Nursing Home Data for Kitsap County Kitsap Sun, Nov.2011
State has penalized four local assisted-living facilities in two years Kitsap Sun,
By Rachel Pritchett
Posted November 6, 2011
Four of the 22 state-licensed boarding homes in Kitsap County have received enforcement letters in the past two years.
Commonly known as assisted-living facilities, boarding homes offer differing levels of care for seniors, depending on the need.
Enforcement letters can take a variety of forms, such as the announcement of a fine or an order to stop accepting new residents.
The state Department of Social and Health Services at times issues them when its Residential Care Services surveyors visit facilities
and find things not in compliance with laws or regulations.
Boarding Home List (Documents)
- Common deficiencies found among some of Kitsap's 66 adult family homes
The smaller alternatives to nursing homes have boomed over the past decade.
By Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun, Nov 5, 2011
As part of a look at long-term care in Kitsap County, the Kitsap Sun reviewed records for all local providers recently.
While a low percentage of licenses have been revoked from adult family homes statewide in the past year,
several homes in Kitsap have closed recently and others have been issued citations for errors in care.
AFH Data (Documents for individual facilities)
Harrison receives Cardiac Level 1, Stroke Level 2 designations
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal,
November 4, 2011
"Harrison Medical Center recently received a Cardiac Level 1 designation and a Stroke Level 2 designation within the new state of Washington
Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System. The system, being launched in phases across the state, is modeled on the state’s trauma system and
has the goal of reducing the time it takes for heart attack or stroke patients to get medical care...."
Harrison Medical Center designated as a Blue Distinction Center
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
November 4, 2011
"Harrison Medical Center has earned designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Regence BlueShield in Washington.
This means that Harrison has met objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality after a rigorous evaluation process..."
Harrison central-line infection rate falls
By Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun, Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
"Harrison Medical Center continues to improve its central-line infection rate, but it remains significantly higher than the state average.
[....]Harrison Chief Operations Officer Patricia Cochrell said the association's numbers cover a long period of time that's in the past, and don't reflect recent improvements.
The hospital hasn't had a central-line infection since October 2010, she said."
Festival of Trees to bough out after 25 years
By Rachel Pritchett (Kitsap Sun, Oct 23, 2011)
"BREMERTON — Harrison Medical Center Foundation's Festival of Trees, for a quarter-century one of the region's premiere holiday fundraising events, is ending. This season will be the last for the event in which gaily decorated holiday trees compete to be auctioned off for the highest price, the proceeds helping to fund many major initiatives at the hospital...."
Swedish move in Seattle seen as enhancing affiliations with Peninsula hospitals
By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News, Oct 8, 2011.
"Swedish Health Systems’ plan to affiliate with Providence Health & Services won’t dissuade the three North Olympic Peninsula hospitals from forming their own pacts with Swedish.
In fact, the chief executives at Olympic Medical Center and Jefferson Healthcare said a Swedish-Providence affiliation would only improve the health care in Clallam and Jefferson counties..."
Olympic Medical Center to build up facilities in Sequim SEQUIM Peninsula Daily News, 10/07/11
"Olympic Medical Center has opened bidding to upgrade its medical services building in Sequim. Maximum consideration for the three-part project is $985,000. The building at 840 N. Fifth Ave. opened in 2007 with its interior unfinished. [...] OMC is recruiting two neurologists and more sub-specialists to work at the Sequim campus."
Hospital offers mammograms, but state program sends women out of county for exams PTLeader Oct 5, 2011; By Allison Arthur
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Has the woman in your life had a mammogram lately?
Mammogram options, cost.
If you don’t have insurance and need help paying for a mammogram or cervical examination, call Jefferson County Public Health at 385-9400.
If you don’t want to drive outside Jefferson County for an appointment and need financial help, call Jefferson Healthcare Hospital’s financial department at 385-2200, ext. 2268 or 2267, for assistance.
Cost of a general mammogram at Jefferson Healthcare is $234 with a 10 percent discount given if paid within 30 days.
An Active Life: Michael
Haberpointner PL Voice, October 2011, p.5,
by Barbara Berthiaume,
"....According to Michael, one fall is
too many and among those age 65 and older, falls are the
leading cause of injury death in the U. S.
Michael is conducting a workshop on Fall Prevention
and Balance, Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 p.m., at the
Beach Club. Given the statistics on the consequences of a
Michael Haberpointner. fall, this workshop should not be missed."
Harrison to make big move onto blighted Wheaton Way
By Rachel Pritchett,
Kitsap Sun Sept 14, 2011
"Harrison Medical Center will remodel a big chunk of space in the shopping plaza also occupied by Petco and Aaron's furniture rental. Harrison will consolidate nearly all of its administrative offices into the new space.
Currently, the hospital's dozen or so administrative departments such as financial services, marketing and human resources, are scattered throughout Bremerton and Silverdale under just about as many leases. It's cheaper and more efficient to put them in one place, said Bob Cross, Harrison's executive director of strategic development."
- "The Cost of Quality," Seattle Business Magazine, August 2011, 38-41.
"Health-care reform is driving the formation of dozens of new medical partnerships—and just as many questions about accountability....
It’s called an accountable care organization, or ACO, and it’s the hot concept in health care....
...The idea is that in an ACO, the providers would follow the patient through the care process—from prevention to treatment to aftercare—coordinating their efforts to reduce unnecessary expense by avoiding duplication and basically keeping the patient healthier...."
FAQs about ACOs and Local Medical Group Partnerships
Seattle Business Magazine, by
Gregory Roberts | August 2011 |
Group Health: "Electronic medical records: Group Health was one of the first to develop a comprehensive electronic records system, which is in the process of being extended to many of its partners..."
SWEDISH MEDICAL CENTER:
"The system grew by absorbing Ballard Community Hospital in 1992, acquiring Providence’s Seattle hospitals in 2000 and opening a new hospital in Issaquah this year. It now has five campuses and roughly 40 specialty and primary care clinics.
New: Last year, Swedish merged with Stevens Hospital in Edmonds. It is exploring relationships with Olympic Medical Center in Sequim, Forks Community Hospital and Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend."
- Hospital could offer rehabilitative care, PT Leader, Aug 10, 2011.
- Volunteer Central: All aboard, PT Leader, Aug 10, 2011.
"Harrison heart surgeons receive top rating for second consecutive year" Kitsap Sun, Aug 8, 2011.
"BREMERTON — For the second consecutive year, a national association that maintains a database detailing heart bypass surgeons' work has given Harrison HealthPartners Bremerton Cardiothoracic Surgery a top three-star rating.
Made up of Drs. William Reed and Chris King, the group was among 81 of 324 bypass-surgery groups reporting nationally to get the three-star "average" rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It was the only ["participating", added by web-editor] heart-surgery group in the state of Washington to capture three stars. Four in the state received two."
Medicare change spells end of heart- and lung-care facility [Harrison takes over Capri in Bremerton],
By Steven Gardner
Kitsap Sun July 28, 2011.
Jefferson Healthcare Receives Accreditation, PL Voice, Aug 2011, p.39.
Jefferson Healthcare announces that it has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program....
Wellness Resources Available, PL Voice, Aug 2011, p.13.
Clinic Opens with a Gala, PL Voice, August 2011, p.12.
"Port Ludlow Clinic Opens Today", Penninsula Daily News, July 11, 2011. (by Charlie Bermant)
"PORT LUDLOW — Dr. Melanie McGrory was in her element during an open house last week for Jefferson Healthcare’s new clinic that opens today.
“My job here is to keep you out of this office,” she told two elderly visitors as she counseled them on preventive care Friday. “Now watch your step.”
The open house at Jefferson Healthcare’s Port Ludlow Clinic at 9481 Oak Bay Road drew about 100 people to inspect the premises — which has a step just outside the front door...."
"Harrison infection rate improves slightly," Kitsap Sun, July 6, 2011
Harrison Medical Center made substantial progress in 2010 in cutting comparatively high patient infection rates in its use of central lines and ventilators, according to new figures from the Washington State Hospital Association.
New JHC Clinic Hosts Open House, PL Voice, July 2011, p.11 (& inside cover at end).
"The new Jefferson Healthcare (JHC) Port Ludlow Clinic
located at 9481 Oak Bay Road, Suite A will be open
to visitors on Friday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. Members of the community are invited to meet Dr.
Melanie McGrory, M.D. and her care team, tour the
Clinic and receive free blood pressure and cholesterol
checks. Visitors will also be eligible for prizes including a
night’s lodging at the Inn At Port Ludlow and a $100 gift
certificate for The Fireside restaurant." [also: clinic will open on July 11]
Village Council Report
by Beverly Browne, Editor/Reporter. Voice, June 2011, p.20
"Before introducing Mike Glenn, Jefferson
Healthcare CEO and main speaker, Stone described
the new Wellness Committee. He talked about its goals
and progress. [...]
Highlights: Port Ludlow Clinic Presentation
Glenn began by presenting details about preparing the
Port Ludlow Clinic, part of Jefferson Healthcare, for its
opening expected to occur on or before Monday, July 11.
Glenn described Jefferson Healthcare as a 25-bed critical
access hospital providing a wide range of services. It ...."
Peninsula hospitals moving closer to affiliation with Seattle's Swedish By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News, April 28, 2012
With a unanimous vote and a round of applause, Olympic Medical Center commissioners in Port Angeles passed a memorandum of intent to form a tertiary
partnership with Swedish Medical Center on Wednesday. ...
The nonbinding memorandum of intent sets up a potential affiliation with Swedish for patient referrals, clinical services and high-tech improvements.
Forks Community Hospital commissioners approved a memorandum of intent for the affiliation with Swedish on Tuesday, board member Gerry Lane confirmed.
Jefferson Healthcare commissioners in Port Townsend will consider approving a similar document at their May 11 commissioners meeting, said Jill Buhler, board chairwoman.
- "Ludlow clinic to open in July," by Allison Arthur, in: PT Leader, April 27, 2011.
[Report on Jefferson Healthcare Commissioners Mtg of April 20, 2011 with the announcement of Dr. Melanie McGrory as the first primary physician of the new clinic]
MY TURN: How Harrison is lowering infection rates
By William H. Reed, M.D., (a cardiothoracic surgeon at Harrison Medical Center) , Kitsap Sun
Posted March 31, 2011
The article (see below) covered a tremendous amount of information about complex problems we have struggled to understand and resolve. The article points
out that we
are making gains, but that we still have room for improvement. I wanted to write this not as a rebuttal, but as a physician who has been, and continues to
be, a part of this improvement process.
Harrison infection rates improve, but remain higher than state averages
By Rachel Pritchett
Posted March 28, 2011
[...] New data released by the Washington State Hospital Association
infection rates at Harrison have been higher than the state average
when the hospital used central lines to treat patients, and in its use
of ventilators resulting in pneumonia in patients.
The data also shows Harrison has had higher-than-average infection
rates for heart surgeries and hip replacements....
See: Washington State Hospital
Peninsula hospitals tap Swedish as likely partner
PTLeader, March 24, 2011.
"Jefferson Healthcare and Olympic Medical Center have tentatively
Swedish Medical Center in Seattle to partner with for specialty care.
But Jefferson also will have a relationship with Harrison Medical
Center in Bremerton, commission chair Jill Buhler said on March 21..."
- ----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 2:37 PM
Subject: Primary and Urgent Health Care Clinic
Port Ludlow Primary and Urgent Health Care Clinic Approved.
On Wednesday 16 March, 2011, the Jefferson County Public Hospital Board
of Commissioners approved establishing a Jefferson Healthcare Clinic in
Port Ludlow. [...] Jefferson
Healthcare CEO, Mike Glenn stated that they had legal opinions that
authorized them to establish a Port Ludlow Primary and Urgent Care
They were really favorably
impressed by the community support that they received when over 120
residents attended an exploratory talk by Mr. Glenn at the Bay Club.
[...] Mike Glenn stated they are presently identifying the care
giver team and that they expect the Clinic to open on Friday 1 July.
Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn will appear at the May
meeting of the Village Council to be held Thursday, May 5 at 3 PM at
the Beach Club. [...]
Mark your calendar now, and
be sure to attend this important meeting!
Send to you by the Port Ludlow Village Council
- "Hospital shuffles clinics to reduce costs, increase reimbursements"
Port Townsend Leader, Feb 2, 2011 (not online)
[consolidation of clinics from 5 to 3]
Meeting Draws Crowd", Port Ludlow Voice, February
2011, pp.1&3. [pdf]
"In mid-January over
110 residents packed the Bay Club for a 90-minute
forum sponsored by the Port Ludlow Village Council
(PLVC) to hear Jefferson Healthcareï¿½s (JHC) CEO
Mike Glenn explain the public hospitalï¿½s plan for a
new Primary and Urgent Care facility in Port Ludlow.
This meeting was about informing the public, gaging
community interest and understanding needs....
- Pritchett, Rachel,
Harrison announces $35 million in expansion plans
Kitsap Sun; Posted January 28, 2011;
The Harrison Medical Center board of directors has authorized $35 million to expand Harrison's Silverdale campus.
Taking up the bulk of the funding will be an orthopaedics hospital costing $19.2 million.
Also planned is a data center costing $7.6 million and expansion of the
emergency room at $4.5 million.
- "Port Ludlow clinic talks advance", Port Townsend Leader, Jan 26, 2011
"It might be summer before Jefferson Healthcare can open a primary
health care clinic in Port Ludlow..." (pushback of projected start date
from March because of ongoing negotiations for space)
"Jefferson County church effort to focus on mental illness" Peninsula Daily News, By Jennifer Jackson, January 2011
Judy Tough, left, of Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, is organizing an interfaith conference on how faith communities can reach out to people with mental
disorders. Stephanie Reith, right, a rabbinic pastor candidate who completed psychiatric unit training at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, will be one of the
Peninsula hospitals to visit potential affiliates' facilities,
Peninsula Daily News, 21 Jan, 2011
(By Rob Ollikainen)
Olympic Medical Center,
Hospital have a decision to make.
Officials from the consortium of regional hospitals will tour three
Seattle-area medical centers in the coming weeks to help them select a
"tertiary affiliate." ... the idea is for the smaller hospitals to
refer patients to the larger hospital for specialized care.
In return, the tertiary affiliate will send patients back to the
Peninsula for follow-up care and help the smaller hospitals recruit
doctors and implement cost-saving improvements such as information
technology and electronic medical records..."
OMC announced the finalists Dec. 15. They are:
- McCormick, Julie.
Medical clinic possible in Port Ludlow this year (Click!)
Peninsula Daily News (14 Jan 2011)
A new urgent care medical clinic is a possibility for Port Ludlow, perhaps sometime during the second quarter of this year, Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn told a
packed meeting at the Bay Club on Thursday night.
Seattle Genetics team may win clearance for anti-cancer drug Seattle Times, Dec. 5, 1010,
Seattle Genetics and Takeda Pharmaceutical may beat Roche Holding in developing a new type of combination cancer therapy that's less toxic than standard treatments.
- Gottlieb, Paul
Patients score Peninsula hospitals lowest on quiet
Peninsula Daily News, Dec 5, 2010.
OMC, which has 126 beds, recorded two infections, and Jefferson
Healthcare, a 42-bed hospital, had none.
Overall patient satisfaction scores were 63 percent for OMC and 71
percent for Jefferson Healthcare....
At Jefferson Healthcare, 71 percent of patients were satisfied with
their experience compared with a 66 percent of patients statewide at
all hospitals surveyed.
For other categories, the satisfaction rate was 89 percent for
providing discharge instructions, 80 percent for nurse communication,
80 percent for doctor communication, 77 percent for room cleanliness,
v69 percent for pain control, 68 percent for staff responsiveness, 57
percent for staff explanations about medicine -- and 51 percent for
"quiet at night."...
- Pritchett, Rachel,
Olympic Peninsula Hospitals Consider Closer Ties with Harrison
Kitsap Sun; Posted November 15, 2010.
"Boards overseeing hospitals in Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Forks have put out the call to seven bigger Puget Sound hospitals to possibly affiliate with, and now are
looking at the results.
The three Olympic hospitals asked Harrison and the other facilities for information about how they would handle the affiliation, and all seven responded with
- Allison Arthur,
Hospital board reaches out to Quilcene at Nov. 17 meeting PT Leader, Nov.15, 2010
Port Ludlow clinic:
(Jefferson) Hospital officials say they have taken to heart issues raised by Port Ludlow residents earlier this year over a clinic space that the hospital leases but
Jefferson Healthcare was unable to open a clinic in Port Ludlow last year after learning the clinic was within 35 miles of Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, and rules about
operating distances between hospitals were being reinterpreted.
Jefferson Healthcare’s lease of the space, next to a Coldwell Banker office and the dental practice of Dr. Thomas Hagen, was to expire at the end of November, but
hospital officials are talking to the owner about leasing the space on a month-to-month basis. Services that can be offered at the clinic remain undetermined.
Port Ludlow residents suggested using the space for educational and support-group meetings.
Hospital boards weigh in on regional agreement; Directing patients to one healthcare system under discussion
Allison Arthur, PT Leader, Nov.9, 2010.
Jefferson Healthcare commissioners will join board members from Forks Community Hospital and Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles today to discuss affiliating with one
another for specialist services.
The three Olympic Peninsula hospital boards will be reviewing information from seven major care providers to see whether two or three proposals for what is known as
“tertiary care” would be worth further exploration. Tertiary healthcare is essentially specialized consultative care, not primary care.
Glenn picked to lead Jefferson Healthcare, Sequim Gazette,
Published on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 by Allison Arthur,
Mike Glenn, former chief executive officer at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and executive at Valley Medical Center in Renton, has been named the next CEO of
Jefferson Healthcare CEO's base salary is $225,000:
It's highest of any public official in Jefferson County, on par with other hospital CEOs,
Allison Arthur, PT Leader, Sept.8, 2010
- Allison Arthur,
Health care: Hospital CEO sees workforce shortage as looming issue
PT Leader, August 5, 2009
Jefferson Healthcare mum on finalist for
new CEO. Peninsula Daily News, last modified: July 30, 2010.
- Allison Arthur,
Use vacant Ludlow clinic for free workshops, people tell hospital board
Port Townsend Leader
... a discussion of the needs of Port Ludlow residents (that) led to the idea of opening a clinic to provide free health-care information. It could include classes about
diabetes and nutrition, and meeting space for a caregiver support group or other gatherings....
Red tape clouds clinic for Port Ludlow [peninsuladailynews.com,
July 23, 2010]
Jefferson Healthcare reaches out to Port Ludlow Wednesday; Empty clinic space could be discussion point
By Allison Arthur, Port Townsend Leader, July 17, 2010
Port Ludlow residents are up next to say what they think of services offered – or not offered – by Jefferson Healthcare.
Hospital commissioners will host an open house at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21 in the main hall at Port Ludlow Beach Club. [...]
One issue that may come up is what the hospital district is doing about empty space it is leasing on Oak Bay Road in
Port Ludlow between a Coldwell Banker office and an office where dentist Thomas Hagen practices.
After leasing the space, hospital officials discovered it was within 35 miles of Harrison Hospital in Bremerton,
and rules about operating distances between hospitals were being reinterpreted.
- Jackson, J., "No Magic Memory Pills: 200 attend Forum on Dementia,"
[Online Title: Getting the dope on dementia: Geriatric pharmacist in Port Ludlow outlines dos and don'ts]
Peninsula Daily News, April 11, 2010.
The forum, sponsored by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, drew more than 200 people from three counties to the Port Ludlow Bay Club on Saturday to hear Gail Bosch, a
geriatric pharmacist, talk about dementia.
There, they learned about the types of dementia, the warning signs, what can be done to try to slow the progression and what to avoid that might make it worse.
- Jackson, Jennifer,
Dementia program on Saturday latest health care project of Port Ludlow
Peninsula Daily News, April 8, 2010
Peggy Schafran is offering another community health forum at the Port
Ludlow Bay Club on Saturday, featuring Gail Bosch, a certified
geriatric pharmacist, speaking on dementia recognition and treatment.
- Sullivan, Patrick J.,
"Help for hearts: Ludlow, EJFR medics have rare 'clot buster' power for heart
in: The Port Townsend Leader6/24/2009
- Allison Arthur,
Two new medical clinics set to open in Port Ludlow
Port Townsend Leader, Sept 24, 2008
["Madrona Hill Urgent Care Clinic owner Jim Blair plans to open a new
urgent care clinic in Port Ludlow at the end of October, while
Jefferson Healthcare Hospital is aiming to open a clinic by the end of
UPDATE: By the end of 2010, the Madrona Clinic was closed; the new Jefferson Healthcare Clinic has been opened in 2011 in Madrona's old facilities!
Too much medical treatment? Hospital rankings vary in study of aggressiveness
By Carol M. Ostrom, Seattle Times, May 29, 2008.
"Too much medical treatment? Hospital rankings vary in study of aggressiveness
More aggressive care in hospitals can result in increased risk of infections, medical
errors and uncoordinated care, says a new analysis by Consumer Reports.
Seattle-area hospitals ranked as much less aggressive than hospitals overall in cities
such as Los Angeles or New York, but there was still wide variation among them.
And that should lead patients to ask lots of questions, says Consumer Reports,
because too much medical care may actually shorten lives."
Harrison Is Aiming for Regional Excellence
Kitsap Sun, Posted: October 18, 2006
Harrison's Cardiac Surgery Rated Best in State,
Julie McCormick, Kitsap Sun,
Posted October 17, 2006.
- Jefferson, Harrison work to prevent heart attack deaths
PtLeader, April 12, 2006
- Jackson, Jennifer. "How (not) to meet your heart surgeon," Peninsula Daily News, April 2, 2006.
Dr. Chris King (Harrison) in Port Ludlow]
- Jackson, Jennifer. Ludlow health crusader targets heart disease, Peninsula Daily News, March 29, 2006.
[Peggy Schafran now takes on cardiac issues]
- Jackson, J., "Time counts in dealing with a killer," Peninsula Daily News, November 2005
- Huck, Janet. Stroke forum in Ludlow highlights new drug, Port Townsend Leader, Nov 9, 2005.
- Jackson J., Port Ludlow to focus on stroke: Hospitals unite for community health forum,"
Peninsula Daily News, Oct 24, 2005.
- Huck, Janet.
Harrison Hospital offers Ludlow residents options
PtLeader, June 1, 2005.
"I wish my husband could have gone to Harrison," she said of the hospital in Bremerton. "I had a marvelous experience."
(Peggy) Schafran was so impressed she invited Scott Bosch, Harrison's newly appointed president and chief executive officer, to address the Port Ludlow community. With
her encouragement, more than 150 people gathered May 25 to hear about the 300-bed and 300-physician hospital that is striving to become a regional medical center."
Providence To Take Over Franciscan's Home Infusion
Seattle Times Nov 2, 1999.
SEATTLE - Providence Home Infusion will assume control of Franciscan Health System's home-infusion services later this month.
The move, effective Nov. 22, will affect 175 patients in King and Pierce counties who receive intravenous therapy in their homes from Franciscan's clinical staff.
Providence also will provide infusion services to Franciscan's three hospitals and its hospice.
Health Network's Doctors Concerned About Contract
Seattle Times, Dec 31, 1994.
"As the primary-care facilities of Sisters of Providence Health System and Franciscan Health System prepare to spin off into a separate corporation this weekend, some physicians expressed concerns with their new contract.
At issue is an exclusionary clause in the contract that the new corporation - tentatively called the Physician Network Co. - asked doctors to sign. The clause limits doctors' ability to work at another primary-care facility in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties - where PNC's 25 clinics would operate - for three years after they quit.
"This is one of the most draconian and restrictive conditions I've seen in a contract," said one doctor at Providence, ..."
Providence, Franciscan To Merge Seattle Times, June 16, 1994.
The Seattle-based Sisters of Providence Health System and the Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System have announced plans to place all of their primary-care clinics under one administrative umbrella, forming one of the largest primary-care groups in the Puget Sound area...
Both groups operate hospitals and long-term-care facilities that will remain under separate administrations.
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