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Gov. Jay Inslee cuts the ribbon at a ceremony formally opening Olympic Heritage Health Hospital. Nov. 21, 2023.

Over 200 employees hired to staff Tukwila behavioral hospital bought by Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee cuts the ribbon at a ceremony formally opening Olympic Heritage Health Hospital. Nov. 21, 2023.

November 24, 2023, 7:25am Health

Washington has hired a little over 200 employees to staff a Tukwila psychiatric hospital the state bought in August for nearly $30 million, according to Jo Sahlin, a spokesperson for the newly-named Olympic Heritage Behavioral Health Hospital. Read story

OxyContin maker’s settlement plan divides victims of opioid crisis. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court

November 23, 2023, 12:40pm Business

The agreement by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits over the harm done by opioids could help combat the overdose epidemic that the painkiller helped spark. But that does not mean all the victims are satisfied. Read story

Community members gathered on Monday to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance hosted by the Community Foundation.

‘We gather as a beloved community to say that we dare to be different’: Clark County religious, community leaders speak out on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Community members gathered on Monday to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance hosted by the Community Foundation.

November 21, 2023, 12:30pm Clark County Health

Nikki Kuhnhausen. Brent Wood. Mac Ohana. Natalie Nguyen. Rikkey Outumuro. Summer Taylor. Zoella Rosa Matinez. Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears. Chloe Sagal. Colin Smith. Gigi Pierce. Jessi Hart. Kenna Leigh Gillock. Loni Kai Okaruru. Oliver Taylor. Rani Baker. Serena Brenneman. Titi Gulley. Read story

The Vancouver headquarters of PeaceHealth (The Columbian files)

Thousands of WA patients getting refunds in PeaceHealth billing case

The Vancouver headquarters of PeaceHealth (The Columbian files)

November 21, 2023, 8:12am Business

Thousands of low-income Washington patients will receive refunds from PeaceHealth, the nonprofit health system, for hospital bills because they were probably eligible for financial help but did not receive it. Read story

A mysterious and potentially fatal respiratory illness affecting canines across the United States begins as a cough that can last for weeks, Today first reported. If antibiotics don’t help, your pet can develop severe pneumonia and struggle to breathe. Some dogs have died from the disease.

WA state veterinarian urges caution as mysterious illness in dogs spreads in U.S.

A mysterious and potentially fatal respiratory illness affecting canines across the United States begins as a cough that can last for weeks, Today first reported. If antibiotics don’t help, your pet can develop severe pneumonia and struggle to breathe. Some dogs have died from the disease.

November 21, 2023, 7:45am Health

The Washington state veterinarian is urging dog owners to protect their dogs as an unusual canine respiratory infection that is potentially fatal spreads in the United States. Read story

This National Family Caregiving Month &mdash; celebrated every November &mdash; Washington advocates are pointing to the new WA Cares Fund as one solution for supporting family caregivers, who they say will likely become even more important in the years ahead.

‘A pragmatic, modest step’: Making the case for Washington’s new long-term care program

This National Family Caregiving Month &mdash; celebrated every November &mdash; Washington advocates are pointing to the new WA Cares Fund as one solution for supporting family caregivers, who they say will likely become even more important in the years ahead.

November 21, 2023, 7:30am Health

In Washington and across the U.S., the number of people in need of long-term care is on the rise as the population ages. Read story

How to recognize the signs of pneumonia

November 21, 2023, 6:04am Health

Pneumonia causes more than 1 million hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Read story

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Vancouver-based PeaceHealth reaches deal with state on charity care

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

November 20, 2023, 7:31pm Business

Vancouver-based health care and hospital services provider PeaceHealth announced Monday it has reached an agreement with the state attorney general’s office regarding the Charity Care Law. Read story