Brewster

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Some rural hospitals in the Northwest are struggling to stockpile enough personal protective equipment for employees who care for contagious patients. Those employees say sometimes it means they use that equipment for longer than the recommended period.

 

One Spokane nurse says, because of that, he’s giving up his vocation until he can feel safe again at the workplace.

Signal Disruption - Methow and Okanogan Valleys

Oct 18, 2017

SPR’s signal to the Methow Valley is fed to Twisp, Omak, and Oroville over the Shaw satellite system from Canada. The fiber link from Spokane to Shaw’s uplink (near Mississauga/Toronto) failed again Friday, October 27. Therefore, Omak Oroville, and Twisp are down temporarily.  Service will be restored as soon as possible. The folks at Shaw are working through the weekend to diagnose the issue.

Three Rivers Hospital

Scott Graham, the CEO of Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Washington, talks with Doug Nadvornick about running a rural hospital when a time when small-town hospitals are struggling. We ask him about how the Affordable Care Act has changed taking care of patients in rural areas. This is our full interview with him. A condensed version appears in this week's "Inland Journal."