Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

HEALTH
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.

Get up to date on ACA

Learn how the federal Affordable Care Act affects small businesses and nonprofits in the Methow Valley at a community roundtable Tuesday (Nov. 5) from 2-3 p.m. at the Twisp River Grange. Judy Reyes of the Health Benefit Exchange and insurance broker Jeff Lindstrom will be on hand to answer questions and explain options. For more...
One smart dummy

One smart dummy

Eyes on the digital readout, Ruth Payne, left, Theresa Remsberg and Vikki Buzzard of Aero Methow Rescue and Glenn Ostrem of Laerdal Medical perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on two Resusci Anne manikins at Aero Methow’s training room. The valley’s EMS provider recently purchased a second CPR manikin and a wireless feedback simulator with a grant...

Free help with Medicare

Do you need help reviewing your options during Medicare’s open-enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7?  Help is now available in the Methow Valley. Sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program provides free and objective counselors across the state to help people navigate...
Despite glitches, thousands sign up for health insurance

Despite glitches, thousands sign up for health insurance

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
“It was the first time he’d had insurance in his life. He was jubilant,” said Erin Flahive, one of two Room One staffers trained to help people navigate the new health insurance system.
Enrollment open for cancer study

Enrollment open for cancer study

The American Cancer Society is seeking local residents to take part in a historic research study. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds, with no personal history of cancer, are needed to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people nationwide. Local residents can enroll at the...