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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

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

Blue Monday concept.

Keep the winter blues at bay: Bolstering those anti-gloom defenses in Pacific Northwest’s SAD season

Blue Monday concept.

November 18, 2023, 6:13am Clark County Health

Kim Schneiderman knows just what to do when seasonal gloom closes in on her. Read story

Kelly Ferguson, foreground right, chief operating officer of Columbia River Mental Health Services, leads a tour through the waiting room at the new NorthStar Clinic on Aug. 8.

Treatment facility NorthStar Clinic opens doors after delay by appeal from nearby Vancouver business

Kelly Ferguson, foreground right, chief operating officer of Columbia River Mental Health Services, leads a tour through the waiting room at the new NorthStar Clinic on Aug. 8.

November 13, 2023, 5:57pm Clark County Health

Columbia River Mental Health Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony months ago for its NorthStar Clinic — an addiction treatment facility in central Vancouver. But the clinic only opened its doors to clients for the first time on Monday. Read story

While some union health care worker have a contract agreement with Kaiser, imaging specialists — including mammography and X-Ray technicians — and pharmacy technicians are still on strike in the Northwest.

Kaiser Permanente pharmacy techs, imaging specialists continue strike amid ongoing contract negotiations

While some union health care worker have a contract agreement with Kaiser, imaging specialists — including mammography and X-Ray technicians — and pharmacy technicians are still on strike in the Northwest.

November 13, 2023, 3:26pm Clark County Health

More than 900 imaging specialists and pharmacy technicians at Kaiser Permanente are continuing to strike across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The walkout is expected to last until the end of this week. Read story

Generically known as Naloxone, the medication used revive people who have stopped breathing, doesn’t reverse the effects of xylazine — often called tranq.

Clark County health officials watch out for xylazine; ‘tranq’ not prevalent in county so far

Generically known as Naloxone, the medication used revive people who have stopped breathing, doesn’t reverse the effects of xylazine — often called tranq.

October 31, 2023, 6:08am Clark County Health

Although a drug called xylazine — commonly referred to as “Tranq” — is a growing threat in some communities, health officials say only a small amount has been found in Clark County’s drug supply. Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center workers join a spirited rally outside the hospital Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2023.

National union leader joins health care workers at PeaceHealth on picket line

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center workers join a spirited rally outside the hospital Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2023.

October 26, 2023, 3:30pm Business

Hundreds of health care workers at PeaceHealth were joined on the picket lines today by a national union leader as the strike at Vancouver’s hospital entered its fourth day. Read story

Dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those with chronic illness or invisible disabilities; Lavender Spectrum health is located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Natalie Paul of Lavender Spectrum Health

Dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those with chronic illness or invisible disabilities; Lavender Spectrum health is located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver.

October 23, 2023, 6:05am Business

Natalie Paul is a family nurse practitioner, primary care provider, and owner of Lavender Spectrum Health, located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver. It is a private practice medical clinic dedicated to serving patients from marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those… Read story

Service Employees International Union Local 49 union members strike outside Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park Medical Office on Mill Plain Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Kaiser strike enters its second day in Vancouver, across the Northwest

Service Employees International Union Local 49 union members strike outside Kaiser Permanente's Cascade Park Medical Office on Mill Plain Boulevard Wednesday morning.

October 5, 2023, 9:34am Clark County Health

The largest health care strike in U.S. history has entered its second day of picketing, after more than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers walked out Wednesday morning. Read story

The union that represents Kaiser Permanente health care workers announced Thursday that 98 percent of its members have voted to authorize a strike.

Kaiser workers in Clark County, elsewhere vote to authorize strike

The union that represents Kaiser Permanente health care workers announced Thursday that 98 percent of its members have voted to authorize a strike.

September 14, 2023, 4:46pm Business

As a strike vote comes to a close, the union that represents Kaiser Permanente health care workers announced Thursday that 98 percent of its members have voted to authorize a strike. Read story