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MedStaff News


MultiCare's Good Samaritan, Tacoma General hospitals achieve highest level of Chest Pain Center Accreditation

The hospitals' Chest Pain Centers received the highest level of accreditation available from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

Confirmed cases of measles reported in South King and Pierce counties

The public health agencies of King County and Pierce County have reported a number of confirmed cases of measles occurring between June 10 and July 4, 2014. As of July 9, seven people who sought care at the following MultiCare Health System facilities were later identified as having measles and may have exposed others to the virus.


Anesthesia module coming to Tacoma, Gig Harbor

Following the launch of MultiCare Connect Anesthesia Module at Good Samaritan, Allenmore, Auburn Medical Center and Covington, MultiCare plans to launch the module at Tacoma General, Mary Bridge, Baker Center and Gig Harbor on Tuesday, June 3. 

ICD-10 update and workflow changes

Recent federal legislation states CMS may not mandate ICD-10 implementation prior to October 1, 2015. It is unclear whether or not CMS and other payers will implement in advance of that deadline. Evaluating the path moving forward, MultiCare does not want to lose momentum with the progress we are making towards a successful implementation.

MultiCare Lakewood Clinic and Urgent Care to expand at new site

On Monday, Dec. 16, MultiCare Lakewood Clinic Family Practice and Urgent Care will open in a new location a half-mile down the street, closer to Lakewood Towne Center. The new address: 5700 100th St. S.W., Suite 510, Lakewood.

Inpatient dialysis coming to Allenmore

Beginning Monday, Nov. 11, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital will offer inpatient, acute hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis services.

Alternative documentation tools

Medical documentation is a critical piece of providing quality patient care. With ever-changing technology, documentation tools continue to evolve and improve — creating improved efficiencies and taking less time.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) update

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then, it has been monitored and an increase in incidence has occurred in the Middle East. There are now also two reported deaths in the United Kingdom and one in France and the characteristics of a hospital outbreak in Saudi Arabia are fully described in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Updates from LabsNW

In this update, LabsNW shares recommendations from the American Diabetes Association for modifications to the interpretative/reference for Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c), as well as an overview of immature granulocyte fraction.

FDA warning regarding azithromycin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. This communication is a result of FDA review of a study that assessed the potential for azithromycin to cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart.