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HEALTH

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...
Room One offering local help with new health coverage plan

Room One offering local help with new health coverage plan

By Ann McCreary
When Methow Valley residents begin enrolling in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act this fall, they can turn to Room One for help.

Learn about health care changes

Community members who want to learn more about the federal Affordable Care Act and how it is being implemented in Washington can attend a presentation by Brendan Williams, state deputy insurance commissioner, on Sept. 18 in Omak. Williams previously ran the Washington Health Care Association. He will speak at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts...
Aero Methow adds new ambulance to fleet

Aero Methow adds new ambulance to fleet

By Don Nelson
Aero Methow Rescue Service christens a new ambulance
Three Rivers Hospital improving its finances, general manager says

Three Rivers Hospital improving its finances, general manager says

By Ann McCreary
Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster improved its financial standing last year, reducing annual operating losses from $1.1 million in 2011 to $115,000 in 2012.