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Melissa Dodge, left, laughs as Dylan Dodge, 17, plays with the family dogs Scooter, left, and Samantha on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Dodge household in Vancouver. Melissa Dodge co-founded the Autism Mom&#039;s Support Group after Dylan was diagnosed and had trouble finding support.

Spurred by advocacy, these Clark County moms champion change for their children

Melissa Dodge, left, laughs as Dylan Dodge, 17, plays with the family dogs Scooter, left, and Samantha on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Dodge household in Vancouver. Melissa Dodge co-founded the Autism Mom&#039;s Support Group after Dylan was diagnosed and had trouble finding support.

May 11, 2024, 6:14am Clark County Health

Clark County is full of mothers who want a better future for their children. Then, there are the mothers who work toward a better future for all children. Here are stories of three such Clark County residents. Motherhood spurred their advocacy — for substance-use recovery programs, environmental protections and access… Read story

Registered nurse Jennifer Anderson greets morning traffic while picketing outside PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

Washington nurses union files unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth

Registered nurse Jennifer Anderson greets morning traffic while picketing outside PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

May 10, 2024, 3:50pm Business

The Washington State Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on behalf of the 1,465 nurses the union represents at the Vancouver hospital. Read story

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Labcorp workers in Southwest Washington, Oregon vote to unionize

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center (The Columbian files)

May 9, 2024, 6:05am Business

Around 400 lab workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington, all employed by health care company Labcorp, voted to unionize last week. Read story

&igrave;Loowit,&icirc; a sculpture by artist Lee Kelly, stands at the front of Legacy Salmon Creek hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Legacy Salmon Creek is one of the top 50 hospitals in the country, according to Healthgrades.

Legacy Health Primary Care Clinics workers call for union

&igrave;Loowit,&icirc; a sculpture by artist Lee Kelly, stands at the front of Legacy Salmon Creek hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Legacy Salmon Creek is one of the top 50 hospitals in the country, according to Healthgrades.

May 8, 2024, 6:11pm Business

Doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from Legacy Health’s Primary Care Clinics have called for a union election. Read story

WA Cares supporters are sounding the alarm about what will happen to Washington's long-term care program should voters approve Initiative 2124 in November. I-2124 would make paying into WA Cares voluntary.

Why supporters of Washington’s long-term care program are worried

WA Cares supporters are sounding the alarm about what will happen to Washington's long-term care program should voters approve Initiative 2124 in November. I-2124 would make paying into WA Cares voluntary.

May 8, 2024, 5:45pm Election

With a looming ballot initiative threatening to upend the finances of Washington’s long-term care benefit, the state is looking at contingency plans. Read story

Nursing student and Vancouver resident Magnus Kofoed talks about his schooling experience Wednesday at Concordia University St. Paul in Portland.

‘Kind of a win-win’: Concordia University St. Paul helps meet booming nursing demand

Nursing student and Vancouver resident Magnus Kofoed talks about his schooling experience Wednesday at Concordia University St. Paul in Portland.

April 27, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Health

About four years ago, Vancouver resident Magnus Kofoed was unsure of the next step in his professional career. Now, Kofoed is just two weeks away from graduating from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Concordia University St. Paul in Portland, which partners with local hospitals, including PeaceHealth… Read story

U.S. companies would no longer be able to bar employees from taking jobs with competitors under a rule approved by the FTC on Tuesday.

Vancouver Clinic: FTC’s ban of noncompete clauses is unhealthy

U.S. companies would no longer be able to bar employees from taking jobs with competitors under a rule approved by the FTC on Tuesday.

April 27, 2024, 6:02am Business

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday voted to ban noncompete agreements, which bar employees from leaving their jobs to work for competitors. Business groups then filed lawsuits to block the FTC’s move. At least one local business would like to see those efforts succeed. “Vancouver Clinic invests significant time and… Read story

A voter heads to a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Seattle. Voters in Washington state have a crowded ballot to fill out for this week&rsquo;s election, with a referendum on affirmative action and an initiative on the price of car tabs among the things they are being asked to decide.

WA ballot initiatives: Pro and con campaigns gear up to woo WA voters

A voter heads to a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Seattle. Voters in Washington state have a crowded ballot to fill out for this week&rsquo;s election, with a referendum on affirmative action and an initiative on the price of car tabs among the things they are being asked to decide.

April 21, 2024, 6:05am Editor's Choice

How much should Washington tax the rich? Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center registered nurse Sarah Collins, right, joins colleagues as they picket outside the hospital on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

PeaceHealth nurses picket Vancouver hospital, demanding safe staffing and fair wages

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center registered nurse Sarah Collins, right, joins colleagues as they picket outside the hospital on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

April 18, 2024, 3:15pm Business

Picketing nurses decked out in blue crowded the sidewalks along Mill Plain Boulevard in front of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center before dawn Thursday. Read story

Dr. Jason Hanley, left, and site superintendent Joe Newman stand outside of a new emergency department building Friday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. The first section of the new emergency department is scheduled to open this summer.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s new emergency department will open in July

Dr. Jason Hanley, left, and site superintendent Joe Newman stand outside of a new emergency department building Friday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. The first section of the new emergency department is scheduled to open this summer.

April 16, 2024, 6:05am Business

After two years of construction, the first part of a redesigned and expanded emergency department at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver will open July 16. Read story