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University of Washington School of Medicine graduate Lili Szabo recently matched to a Spokane internal medicine residency with Providence Sacred Heart, and she hopes to remain in Spokane. She did her UW studies in Spokane.

Recent Spokane UW med school grads share hopes of healing as residencies come into focus

University of Washington School of Medicine graduate Lili Szabo recently matched to a Spokane internal medicine residency with Providence Sacred Heart, and she hopes to remain in Spokane. She did her UW studies in Spokane.

April 14, 2024, 6:00am Health

Caitlin Quaempts, a new University of Washington-Spokane medical school graduate, will begin a family medicine residency this June for a path she hopes returns her to the Yakama Nation. Read story

Paul Hunter has wounds on his leg consistent with those caused by xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer. The presence of xylazine in Clark County&rsquo;s drug supply has almost doubled since November, according to Columbia River Mental Health.

‘Tranq’-laced fentanyl nearly doubles in Clark County and expert says it will only get worse

Paul Hunter has wounds on his leg consistent with those caused by xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer. The presence of xylazine in Clark County&rsquo;s drug supply has almost doubled since November, according to Columbia River Mental Health.

April 12, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Health

Paul Hunter’s legs are rotting. The wounds along his calves, skin and ankles are eating away at his freckled flesh. Every time he takes his socks off, the wounds rip open again. Read story

The Clark County Sheriff's Office reported success in the first 90 days of its co-responder program. The program, launched in December, pairs mental health specialists with law enforcement as they respond to crisis calls.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s program lets deputies call mental health providers for help on calls

The Clark County Sheriff's Office reported success in the first 90 days of its co-responder program. The program, launched in December, pairs mental health specialists with law enforcement as they respond to crisis calls.

April 2, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Health

Since December, Clark County sheriff’s deputies have had a new partner in addressing mental health needs — the root of many of their calls for service. Read story

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in critical care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, stroke care and neurosciences. The hospital also scored above the national average in all of the website's patient-experience measures, which are based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Portland-based Legacy Health and Regence agree to new contract; Legacy Salmon Creek patients stay in network

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in critical care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, stroke care and neurosciences. The hospital also scored above the national average in all of the website's patient-experience measures, which are based on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

April 1, 2024, 10:41am Business

Portland-based Legacy Health and Regence BlueCross BlueShield agreed to a new contract Sunday, allowing thousands of patients to continue accessing care through Legacy Health facilities using Regence benefits. Read story

Amy Ruger of Vancouver left her job as a paraeducator to care for Daniel McLane, her boyfriend of eight years.

Labor and love: 1 in 10 Clark County residents are caregivers, dealing with isolation and rewards

Amy Ruger of Vancouver left her job as a paraeducator to care for Daniel McLane, her boyfriend of eight years.

March 30, 2024, 6:14am Clark County Health

“How’s your mom?” everyone would ask Christina Keys. She’d put a smile on her face and tell them her mother was fine, but still needed daily care after her stroke. Read story

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Mylan N.V. reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

New WA law caps the cost of inhalers and EpiPens

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Mylan N.V. reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

March 28, 2024, 7:56am Health

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday will limit the cost of some lifesaving medicines, according to an announcement from Rep. Dave Zpaul, D-Oak Harbor, the bill’s sponsor. Read story

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery on 192nd in Camas.

Vancouver’s Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery confirms systems hack

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery on 192nd in Camas.

March 21, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Health

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery confirmed its computer systems were compromised in early February, according to a statement posted on its website. Read story

FILE - Fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 2021. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said more than $100 million in opioid settlement money has been directed to cities and counties in Washington, including more than $33 million to Clark County.

Clark County governments to receive combined $33 million from opioid litigations

FILE - Fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 2021. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said more than $100 million in opioid settlement money has been directed to cities and counties in Washington, including more than $33 million to Clark County.

March 20, 2024, 6:18pm Clark County Health

Local governments in Clark County and across Washington received a combined $55 million to combat the opioid epidemic. The money comes from litigation resolutions between the state and opioid distributors, manufacturers and national pharmacy chains. Read story

Fueled by the influence of social media platforms like TikTok and YouTube, an increasing number of teens and tweens are becoming obsessed with skincare, according to Dr. Jessica Smith, dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. With this growing trend sweeping the nation, what should parents know?

Teen skin care: Less is more, Vancouver dermatologist says

Fueled by the influence of social media platforms like TikTok and YouTube, an increasing number of teens and tweens are becoming obsessed with skincare, according to Dr. Jessica Smith, dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. With this growing trend sweeping the nation, what should parents know?

March 19, 2024, 6:09am Clark County Health

From serums to fancy moisturizers and creams, skin care routines among teens have become increasingly more complicated, but Vancouver dermatologist Dr. Jessica Smith believes less is more when it comes to skin. Read story

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, center, listens as Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislature Outlook at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Friday morning.

Key health takeaways from WA’s 2024 legislative session

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, center, listens as Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislature Outlook at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Friday morning.

March 18, 2024, 6:00am Health

Health care affordability, workforce shortages and access to care remained top of mind for lawmakers during this year’s legislative session — and while several politicians and health care leaders say there’s still work to be done, they feel important gains were made in all three categories. Read story