healthcare Archives - Salish Current

Loss of palliative care is a community’s loss

May 19, 2023
Margaret Jacobson

Commentary: More than 100 current patients and all possible future eligible patients stand to lose palliative care when PeaceHealth closes its outpatient palliative program.

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Outpatient palliative care program unfortunately unsustainable

May 19, 2023
Bryan Stewart

Commentary: Insurance reimbursement levels and rising costs across all service lines led to PeaceHealth’s decision to end its comprehensive outpatient palliative program and restructure to continue to “provide the essential components of the program.”

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Wanted: nurses — and nursing educators — as shortage persists

September 29, 2022
Zach Kortge

Local hospitals and clinics are struggling along with others across the nation to find enough nurses — as schools look for ways to train more nursing educators.

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Local unionization efforts aim to raise wages, lower burnout

August 12, 2022
Matt Benoit

Unionization efforts in retail, healthcare and journalism have become more frequent since the pandemic heightened awareness of risks and hazards for workers.

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Ferry delays are beyond inconvenience, islanders stress at community meeting

January 14, 2022
Heather Spaulding

Islanders gave Washington State Ferries staff an earful at a community meeting about how disruptions on the San Juan-Anacortes ferry route hamper access to healthcare, education, jobs, supplies and families. With COVID-19, freezing weather and crew shortages, ferry riders have endured a chaotic year and want to know what the state will do to improve the situation.

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