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HEALTH

Three Rivers Hospital to interview CEO candidates next week

Four candidates for the job of Three Rivers Hospital chief executive officer have been selected for phone interviews next week. The Brewster hospital is seeking a new CEO after Bud Hufnagel announced in January that he would resign in April. The candidates will be interviewed by a hiring committee during a special meeting of the...

Bill sparks conflict about state role in regulating health professional’s training

Detractors fear setting a precedent; supporters say benefits outweigh the cost By Christopher Lopaze, WNPA Olympia News Service OLYMPIA — Suicide is a leading cause of death in Washington, especially for veterans, and now lawmakers are considering an expansion for mandatory suicide-prevention training. Jennifer Stuber’s husband, Matt Alder, died by suicide in 2011, leading to the...
Sports medicine clinic settles into new location

Sports medicine clinic settles into new location

The Methow Institute for Sports Traumatology (MIST) opened for business in Winthrop on Jan. 30. The orthopedic specialty clinic, which focuses on sports medicine care, is located at 505B Highway 20. MIST, operated by Dr. Joshua Schkrohowsky, had previously been located at the Country Clinic in Winthrop. The new location, Schkrohowsky said, “brings a more...
Senior Center boosts emergency readiness

Senior Center boosts emergency readiness

By Marcy Stamper
The Methow Valley Senior Center has joined three dozen other locations in the Methow Valley, from the Freestone Inn to …
CEO’s departure leaves Three Rivers Hospital looking for a new leader

CEO’s departure leaves Three Rivers Hospital looking for a new leader

By Ann McCreary
Three Rivers Hospital is beginning a search for a new chief executive officer after CEO Bud Hufnagel announced
Three Rivers decides on service cuts, keeps obstetrics program

Three Rivers decides on service cuts, keeps obstetrics program

By Ann McCreary
In an emotionally charged meeting, during which some Three Rivers Hospital medical staff members expressed lack of confidence in the organization’s leadership, hospital commissioners approved a plan that will cut staff and reduce or eliminate some services next year.

Community health survey underway

Okanogan County Public Health is conducting a community health assessment to get a better understanding of people’s perceptions about health and lifestyle issues. “We have quantitative data, like mortality rates and health rankings, but want a qualitative view of people’s perceptions,” said Community Health Director Lauri Jones. The 11-question survey asks people to rate the...
Frustrations, relief in state’s health insurance exchange

Frustrations, relief in state’s health insurance exchange

By Marcy Stamper & Ann McCreary
Despite being stymied by computer error codes and troubling erroneous information, a sampling of Methow Valley residents who signed up for health insurance through the state’s exchange were pleased with the expanded coverage and lower costs.
Aero Methow, Winthrop agree to renew lease

Aero Methow, Winthrop agree to renew lease

By Don Nelson
Renewal of the lease that Aero Methow Rescue Service holds for its ambulance garage in Winthrop led to a discussion of what should happen on the site at last week’s town council meeting.

Three Rivers cutbacks may include obstetrics unit

By Ann McCreary
Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster is considering closing its “Baby Friendly” labor and delivery unit and making other cuts in services.