In response to the opioid crisis and declaration of a public health emergency, Okanogan Behavioral Health Care (OBHC) has been awarded a grant from the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) to assist individuals with an opioid use disorder, according to an OBHC press release. The funds were awarded as part of a larger grant […]
Agencies focus resources on treatment, prevention The statistics connected with opioids can be grim, but an intense local and state effort has helped reverse that tide in Okanogan County, providing many new resources to confront the crisis. There were nine confirmed opioid deaths in Okanogan County in 2018, and four others are awaiting toxicology reports, […]
After more than a year of planning and construction, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster opened its new emergency room this week. The new ER is still located inside the hospital at 507 Hospital Way, but has been relocated from the main front entrance to the other end of the building. The new space, which previously […]
Naturopathic physician Brendan Smith likes to quote one of his instructors about the advantages of being a naturopath: “You can send someone to a shaman and a cardiologist in one day — and that’s OK,” he said.
Cases of pertussis in Okanogan County continue to climb, with 30 confirmed cases as of Monday (Dec. 31), and medical providers were still awaiting test results, according to Lauri Jones, community health director at Okanogan County Public Health.
Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster and North Valley Hospital in Tonasket are close to an agreement under which Three Rivers CEO Scott Graham will take over administration of both hospitals. According to a press release from Three Rivers, the agreement is subject to ratification by the North Valley board of directors on July 12. The […]
Celebrate Aero Methow’s 50th A 50th anniversary celebration for Aero Methow Rescue Service will be held on Saturday (June 30) from noon-4 p.m. at the TwispWorks campus. The free event is supported in part by Confluence Health, Family Health Centers and TwispWorks. Meet original and current responders and tour Aero Methow vehicles. Your Space@ TwispWorks […]
There were a couple of weeks last fall, after being diagnosed with heart failure, when Ed Ward couldn’t sleep at night.
“I couldn’t breathe when I laid down. And I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up,” Ward said. “I had pretty much given up the ghost in October. I thought I wasn’t going to make it.”
People who don’t get health insurance through their job and who don’t qualify for the state’s Apple Health coverage have less than a week to get health insurance for 2018.
The deadline is for policies bought through the state’s Obamacare marketplace (the Health Benefit Exchange) …
The Okanogan County Board of Health has approved a 2018 fee schedule and budget for Public Health. Fees, which cover things like well-site evaluations, food-handler cards and birth certificates, haven’t changed at all. The budget includes an additional $30,000 to cover a transitional period because three long-time employees are expected to retire next year, said […]