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Providence Delays All Non-Emergency Procedures

Sep 15, 2021
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Providence Health Care says it is delaying all non-emergency surgeries and procedures at its two Spokane hospitals because of the Covid patient crush and resulting staff shortages.

The decision affects care at Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals.

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Hospital officials in Washington say Covid patients and their families are asking doctors to prescribe the deworming drug ivermectin as part of their treatment regimens. The drug isn’t recommended by federal or state health authorities for Covid, but patients are asking that it be administered anyway.

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Monoclonal antibodies have become a more common remedy for those who have tested positive for Covid and who could become vulnerable to some of its more severe symptoms. But where you can receive that treatment has been limited to hospitals and doctors' offices.

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Many eastern Washington hospitals are being strained by having to care for Covid patients. 

It's not quite as dire as the situation facing north Idaho hospitals, which are rationing resources.

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The Covid surge has started a trend that Dr. Tanya Sorensen finds alarming.

“For the first time during the pandemic, we are seeing huge numbers of sick pregnant women, really sick women," she said.

Sorensen is a maternal fetal health physician at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

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The three hospital systems in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene says they’re postponing some non-emergency procedures to preserve staff time and beds for more acute cases.

Cascade Medical Center

Hospitals around the Northwest are busy vaccinating their highest-risk employees.

The Providence Health System in Spokane began that work last Friday. Spokeswoman Beth Hegde says inoculations will continue all week at Sacred Heart.

Covid Vaccinations Begin In Inland Northwest

Dec 18, 2020
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Health care organizations have begun to inoculate their employees with the new Pfizer Covid vaccine.

Early Friday morning, transplant surgeon Dr. Okechukwu Ojogho became the first Providence Health Care employee to receive an injection.

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The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is in different phases of distribution around the Northwest.

Providence reports it has received almost 4,000 doses. Spokeswoman Beth Hegde says the health system’s highest risk caregivers will be inoculated with it on Friday.

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Spokane’s medical education infrastructure continues to grow.

Providence Sacred Heart has announced it is planning to open a new residency program for new doctors in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The new residency program will be operated by Providence Health Care and its St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane.

Providence Supports Staying At Phase Two For Now

Jun 19, 2020
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Providence Health Care has issued a statement in support of Spokane County staying at phase two of Washington’s reopening protocol.

Providence said it supports the decision by the Regional Health District and Health Officer Bob Lutz to stay at level two for now.

Providence Offers Faster COVID Testing To Some In Spokane

Apr 17, 2020

Providence has begun a pilot program to offer quick COVID-19 testing for health care workers and others at high risk of contracting the virus.

People who are interested are asked to book a virtual care appointment with a Providence provider.

City of Spokane

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center voted overwhelmingly on Friday to strike, but the order to walk has yet to come from union officials.

Both sides in the labor dispute are at the bargaining table today (Tuesday).

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we talk with the head of the Providence Health Care system in Spokane. Elaine Couture is the executive vice president for Providence in Washington and Montana.