Online school is a significant departure from normal for most children and adults. Some adults wonder what effects online learning, and the increase in social isolation, has on the mental health of children.
Pink eye, stye or just allergies? Know the difference and if you need to be seen by a doctor!
New clinic provides comprehensive health care to patients of all ages,also offers specialized prenatal, delivery and care for newborns and moms
Caring for the community during a pandemic can take a toll on frontline and other essential health care heroes.
MultiCare's Pulse Heart Institute has opened a new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab at Auburn Medical Center. Take a tour of the cath lab with Krista Gutierrez, RN.
There’s risk for common hiking injuries such as twisted ankles and painful blisters. Let's take a look at the most helpful tips for preventing these common ailments that can happen while you're hiking.
John Huddlestone, MD, retired from MultiCare in September after nearly 40 years as a dedicated physician, neurologist and researcher.
This year National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 22. But you don’t have to wait until Sept. 22 to register — and you can still register to vote after this date.
As parents across Washington settle into a new virtual normal, we are sharing our top 10 healthy – and sanity-saving – tips to ease the strain of online learning.
The Pulse Heart Institute Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Auburn Medical Center has been in existence for over 35 years. See how Pulse is at the heart of the South Sound region and learn how we can support you on your healthcare journey with our cardiac services available in Auburn.
Thanks to Pulse Heart Institute, Auburn Medical Center is running a new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab. The lab features new equipment that ensures better imaging and less exposure to radiation for both patients and providers, ensuring safety for all.
Recently, our Indigo Urgent Cares are seeing customers with similar complaints with the same root cause of staying at home.
As a little girl growing up in Southern California, Mary Sanchez saw a nurse dressed in a starched, white uniform and cool matching cap. From that day on, Mary knew she wanted to be a nurse. The road to nursing was a long one.
Before we get working on those homework to-do lists, be sure to check off some of these family-friendly, at-home activities!
When it comes to excess weight, no part of the body bears more of it than our feet. But there are ways to relieve your feet of at least some of the strain.
Frequent or ongoing indigestion may signal an underlying problem. Getting to the root of what’s making you miserable will ensure you get the relief you need.
SPOKANE – The MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation announced today that their second annual benefit concert, Heart Strings, will be held virtually on August 18 at 7 PM. The virtual event will feature country music stars Craig Campbell, Wade Hayes and Grammy-Award Winning artist Bryan White.
Don't let summer slip away without reading our most popular posts of the season. Get useful health tips from Indigo experts for you and your family.
Since the start of the Hope Grows Here community project, the MultiCare Foundations have been grateful to partner with several talented local artists who have helped spread joy across our communities.
Danielle Coleman, MD, of Pediatrics Northwest knew during the first appointment with her 3-day-old patient that something was amiss.
The sun's UV rays can damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes. If you find yourself with a sunburn, several at-home treatments can relieve the pain and help soothe your skin.
Family and friends may still welcome the new baby. They just do it in a different way than before the pandemic.
Emergency rooms across the state are urging caution and awareness as we approach the Fourth of July.
Here are just a few examples of the ways community members have supported MultiCare’s COVID-19 efforts.
Prakash Gatta, MBBS, FACS, is an esophageal surgeon at MultiCare. He contracted and recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) in March.
MultiCare hospital presidents from around the state share details with the community on what MultiCare is doing to keep patients safe when they come for care.
Review these important safety tips before firing up your grill this summer.
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed an equally threatening and devastating hardship: racial discrimination and social injustice.
The role doulas play in a mother’s birth experience is one that can be easily misunderstood.
When June Tennyson had trouble speaking and using her right arm, she didn't hesitate. Thanks to her immediate action and the care she received at MultiCare, June is back to doing the things she loves.
With increased stressors and disruption to daily routines, it can be easy to feel like you’re failing your personal goals and responsibilities.
When the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic created a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), it was businesses like these — and so many others across our region — that were there for health care workers.
MultiCare is grateful to the generous community members who have donated, and would like to provide an update on needs for ongoing contributions.
All our facilities remain ready — and safe — to provide in-person patient care if you need it.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about eating foods that fuel your body and getting enough exercise. Social relationships have an impact, too.
There are 290 respiratory therapists working across MultiCare Health System. Respiratory therapists assist patients who have breathing difficulties by providing general and emergency respiratory therapy. Patty Pineda, RRT, supervises the team of respiratory therapists at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. She shares the following reflections on the heroic work of her team, and all respiratory therapists, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The team from MultiCare’s Center for Health Equity and Wellness provides the following tactics to make the most out of social distancing.
You can still stay connected to friends and family, even if you can’t visit them in person. Here are some ways to stay in touch with your social networks during the social isolation period.
A bruise is a common minor injury to the skin, but do you know what causes it? Get the basics on how they happen, how to treat one at home or when it’s serious enough for an urgent care visit.
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Here are helpful ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
Measure taken to prepare for surge in COVID-19 patients and to conserve limited supplies
There is a lot of information available about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and it can be confusing. Here are five things you need to know to keep yourself and others healthy.
MultiCare has been preparing for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working closely with local and state health departments as well as county governments to coordinate our response.
Cheryle Baker has been a nurse for 22 years. She spends her nights helping some of the most critically ill patients at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center’s intensive care unit. Baker says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Spring sports will begin soon. For our team at Indigo Urgent Care, it can mean an increase in minor injury visits – especially for high school athletes.
When sickness hits, most of us know we should increase our hand washing, water consumption, and rest in order to get better and prevent spreading illness. But what should you NOT do?
MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation announced today that their second annual benefit concert, Heart Strings, will be held March 5th at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox.
We sincerely appreciate all feedback from our communities, so we’ve picked some of 2019’s best reviews that demonstrate what Indigo Urgent Care is all about.
Whether you’re the resident chef or crucial taste-tester, don't let kitchen burns get in the way of special holiday moments.
Exposure to colder temperatures and dry air can negatively impact your body’s immune system. Get your quick guide for staying warm and healthy this winter.
Learn how to recognize strep-like symptoms and get quick home remedies that can ease sore throat pain.
Experience a better way to get better. The Shadle urgent care clinic is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, including holidays.
Before you cast your line, remember these smart tips to avoid common injuries and keep the hook in the fish and out of your hand.
Consider these 3 essential tips when choosing between the emergency room or urgent care for your minor illness or injury.
Autumn is more than just pumpkin spice lattes and pie. Don’t let fall allergies cramp your cozy sweater weather. Control your allergy symptoms with these top tips to get you through the season.
MultiCare announced the return of “Mammo nights”, throughout the month of October, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Making sure your kids eat right is important, especially when they participate in sports.
Establishing healthy habits before school starts will help your child thrive in class and at play.
Know these risks of open water recreation and how to keep your family safe while swimming in the many lakes, rivers and beaches around the greater Northwest.
To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, we asked a panel of mothers and lactation specialists to share their breastfeeding experiences and advice.
MultiCare Health System has announced it will join a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pilot program that will allow health care providers to access their patient’s medical records using the electronic health system already in place.
Summer brings bug bites. Know the common types and when to head to your neighborhood Indigo Urgent Care for treatment of minor reactions with friendly care.
Don’t let a summer heat rash intrude on your good summer vibes. Learn how to avoid the prickly skin irritation and how to comfortably treat symptoms if a rash pops up.
Changes to the Fresh Bucks programs this year include an unlimited dollar-for-dollar match for users to spend on produce.
Sunglasses? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Safety tips? Add these to your packing list to ensure a fun and memorable trip.
Knowing which health hazards to watch out for can make your summer more enjoyable.
For Better Hearing Month, a MultiCare audiologist talks about why it's important to treat hearing loss right away.
Whether it's a minor injury or illness, urgent care clinics are a convenient option to get you on your way to feeling better fast.
The new hospital will provide much-needed inpatient behavioral health services in Pierce and South King counties.
It's normal for a cough to stick around for 1 to 3 weeks after a cold or flu. Keep an eye out for signs that warrant a visit to the doctor.
Most cases of croup can be treated at home, but sometimes symptoms quickly become more severe. Indigo medical providers are here to help.
We talked to a Mary Bridge child psychologist about addressing this complex topic.
Summer often means erratic bedtimes and sleeping in, but now’s the time to get your children back on track for the first day of school.
Children are heading back to school soon. In addition to school supplies and clothes, make sure they’re up to date on their immunizations.
Temperatures are forecast to hit 90 this week in the South Sound. Try these tips to stay cool.
Here are a few lower-calorie Starbucks favorites — dietitian approved.
The tiny gowns Katie Foster makes could easily be mistaken for doll clothes. But the children she sews for are real.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States and the second leading cause in men, but it doesn't need to be.
It's allergy season. Read on for tips from MultiCare allergy specialists.
For Heart Month, we posed several heart-health questions to our experts.
Here are seven heart-healthy dinners full of nutrients — and flavor.
This week, designers decorated more than 30 Christmas trees for the 31st annual Mary Bridge Children's Festival of Trees.
Learn the symptoms of depression and dementia and what you can do if you or a loved one is suffering from one of these conditions.
What should women know about breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery?
Are your children riding safely? National Child Passenger Safety Week is a great time to find out.
Cardiac patients at Pulse Heart Institute will soon begin receiving the portable kits, funded by Abbott Construction of Seattle, with training from Pulse staff.
Sip Smarter is an American Heart Association campaign to replace sugary drinks with low-calorie and no-calorie beverages.
Breastfeeding isn't just good for babies. Read about other benefits breastfeeding can offer.
Here are some tips on maintaining sanity for you and your family as you prepare for September and beyond.
Learn more about some common breastfeeding problems and how to address them.
You don't have to have been a middle school boy to know what one smells like.
Try this recipe for an easy way to sneak whole grains and an abundance of summer zucchini from the garden into a tasty muffin.
When you're in pain and need to see a doctor quickly, you don't want to have to think about where to go.
MultiCare's latest Indigo Urgent Care clinics open this week in Olympia and Kirkland.
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1–7 and August is National Breastfeeding Month.
MultiCare's latest Indigo Urgent Care clinic opens today in Lake Stevens.
UW Medicine and MultiCare Health System today announced that they have formed a new alliance.
Sarah Cobb, once a Nurse Camp student, now works at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital as a PICU nurse.
In the past year, nearly 600 new mothers at MultiCare Health System facilities made a choice to help others by donating cord blood.
Summer is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, and that can mean sunburns for people who don’t take the proper precautions to protect their skin.
Here are a few tips for talking to friends and family about your choice of a midwife.
MultiCare welcomes Rockwood Health System’s Deaconess Hospital, Valley Hospital and Rockwood Clinic to the family July 1.
Perseveranda credits the excellent care in the Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry Unit with saving her husband’s life.
As a welcome to our new partner, we’re profiling some of their programs and services.
Auburn Family Medical Center officially became part of MultiCare Health System today.
Fit for Sound to Narrows is a new eight-week program encouraging students in grades K–5 to lead healthy, active lives.
We talked to a physical therapist and occupational therapist to find out.
An important part of any successful training block, and staying active in general, is knowing when to push through and when you’re pushing yourself too hard.
What does a registered dietitian eat when she’s expecting?
Run long enough and you’ll eventually hear “Running is bad for your knees.” But is it true?
May is Asthma Awareness Month, and also a time of year that seasonal allergies hit many Washingtonians.
Learn more about how clinical trials work and where to find them locally.
In the recovery room shortly after his Feb. 22 surgery, Kitchens went into cardiac arrest.
MultiCare Health System announced today that Dr. David O’Brien will be the new Senior Vice President & Chief Executive, East Region.
A Certified Nurse-Midwife answers common questions about the role of a midwife.
Tacoma General has earned "Best of South Sound" for four years running.
What do fancy cars, a classic rock band, fine wines and Puyallup have in common?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an important time to reflect on the role generous community members play in preventing and treating child abuse.
The 45th annual Sound to Narrows is just around the corner. Now's the time to start training!
With the recent warm weather, it's a good time to remind parents of the dangers that open windows pose to children.
Life dealt Cynthia a heart defect as a child and a brain tumor as an adult.
To learn more about MS, we talked to Stacy Donlon, MD, a new provider specializing in the disease.
Congratulations to the 26 MultiCare Health System doctors honored in Seattle magazine.
This frothy drink is a delightful and simple anytime smoothie. Pineapple is a potent anti-inflammatory and kale boosts the nutritional profile. Try it and tell us what you think.
Here are some simple tips to help you adjust to DST.
Despite widespread warnings against use of cotton swabs in the ear canal, this use continues unabated.
Bryce’s story is a reminder of how desperately our community needs the services provided by the new Adolescent Behavioral Health at Tacoma General.
Blane credits Pulse Heart Institute Quick Clinics for saving time — and his life.
For a healthier — and delicious — take on fries, try using zucchini.
It's difficult to imagine that Micah once struggled to breathe, grappling with heart and lung problems after being born prematurely.
How do you know when to keep your child home versus sending her out the door?
Having your children help you in the kitchen is a great way to get them to try new foods.
MultiCare will be holding its first Chairobics “Sit and Be Fit” class Friday, Feb. 3.
We’re celebrating National Oatmeal Month with four yummy recipes — plus some facts about this versatile health food.
An outbreak of mumps in South King County has spread to Pierce County.
MultiCare and Navos today announced plans to affiliate.
Since Tamara Miller began coordinating Good Samaritan's program for women with cancer four years ago, participation in the program has grown by 116 percent.
One in three adolescents now find themselves overweight or obese, three times the rate in 1980.
MultiCare recently hosted its second Research Day at the MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital campus, highlighting research efforts being conducted across the system.
We asked our experts to address some common cold beliefs and sort myth from fact.
The holidays can be a challenging time for our waistlines. Here are some tips from one of our wellness dietitians to help you through.
Immediate Clinic officially became part of MultiCare Health System on Sunday.
This week, Auburn Medical Center unveils its new and enhanced Emergency Department.
MultiCare is expanding its retail urgent care into Thurston County with three new Indigo Urgent Care clinics.
This recipe is a twist on typical pumpkin bread with a little more oomph.
There are many milestones in a weight loss journey, with each being a little celebration unto itself.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Learn more about these philosophies of medical care.
In recognition of SIDS Awareness Month, and updated safe sleep guidelines from the AAP, the Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety shares tips for helping reduce the risk of SIDS.
Two MultiCare hospitals have earned the 2016 “Achieving Best Care Award” from the Washington State Hospital Association.
The Great Washington ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake preparedness drill set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10:20am.
For young people who identify as transgender, it can be difficult to find proper support and treatment.
Parents can take these four practical steps to help their teens resist distraction behind the wheel.
Here are strategies for building a new wardrobe after bariatric surgery without breaking the bank.
September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Ever wondered whether it's better to build your own emergency kit from the ground up, or buy one premade?
When Duane's heart wouldn’t maintain a beat during emergency surgery after a heart attack, doctors had little hope that he would survive.
See what your donation to Come Walk With Me helps provide to women facing breast cancer.
Find out how a 10-year-old cancer patient is raising money for cancer research.
What has MultiCare brought to Good Samaritan and East Pierce County? We caught up with Glenn Kasman, President and Market Leader for the East Region.
We consulted wellness dietitian Chelsey Lindahl, from the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living, for tips on packing healthy school lunches for children.
The new beds will be located in the hospital’s Dally Tower on the top two floors.
MultiCare Connected Care leader Kate Mundell has been named one of the 2016 class of “40 Under Forty” by Business Examiner Media Group.
The goal of Personal Health Partners is to improve the health of patients, enhance their care experience and reduce their cost of care.
One day, about three weeks after surgery, the scale stopped moving. I had hit a plateau.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors starting today.
World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1–7, 2016 and August is National Breastfeeding Month.
While longtime volunteer Richard Simmons raises money for Courage Classic, Joe Nuñez will be his "virtual rider," cycling across three mountain passes in the Cascades for the bicycle tour.
Good Samaritan Hospital received approval from the state Department of Health to add 23 new beds to the hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
From the front desk to the intensive care unit to the grounds crew, we’ll give you an inside look at our hospital and the people who make it go.
Taking a summer road trip? Try these tips for healthy snack planning.
A month after bariatric surgery, Jennifer Yahne reflects on her experience and the changes she's seeing.
Today, 105 students from 40 Puget Sound high schools graduated from MultiCare's 13th annual Nurse Camp.
Alex Stuart will be joining more than 100 high school students this week at MultiCare’s Nurse Camp.
During the five-day camp, students will try out medical devices, perform “Skittlectomies” on mannequins and shadow professional nurses and other health care professionals.
Words seem powerless in the face of the news from Dallas. Our thoughts go to those personally impacted by this terrible tragedy — and to the city of Dallas.
Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services is excited to once again be participating in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
A local mom who went through the cord blood donation process shares her experience.
Throughout our lives, we need vaccinations to protect against serious diseases. But how do you know which ones you need?
Good Samaritan Hospital and Auburn Medical Center have received recognition from the American Heart Association for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Starting this fall, Washington students entering grades 9th–12th will be required to have two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? This recipe is chock-full of nutrients: antioxidants, potassium and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
A local child psychologist offers advice to help you talk to your teens and children about recent news stories involving the attack at an Orlando nightclub.
It only takes minutes for the inside of a car to reach a deadly temperature. Learn about the danger to children and pets.
Just two months after opening, the new psychiatric unit at Auburn Medical Center is proving an invaluable resource for the community.
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare New Adventures Children's Center have been named Best of the South Sound.
This weekend includes the Memorial Day holiday, during which we honor and remember those who have served our country in the armed services.
May is American Stroke Month. Learn more about diagnosing and treating stroke, the fifth leading cause of death in this country.
May 20 is Clinical Trials Day. Learn more about how clinical trials work and where to find them locally.
Good Samaritan's inpatient rehab unit helps stroke patients relearn the tasks of everyday living and ultimately get back to their lives.
In honor of National Nurses Week, we asked our nurses for a peek into their profession.
As the youngest preemie born at Tacoma General to survive, Brantley marks a milestone for the NICU.
Two well regarded health care organizations are coming together to create a new and innovative cardiovascular institute focused on improving the health of the community.
Test results from water samples at the New Adventures Children’s Center, 1310 S 4th Street, came back well below the EPA limit for lead contamination.
New Adventures Children’s Center at 1310 S 4th Street is among the 1,700 locations in Tacoma that might have a section of lead pipe that connects the water main to the water meter.
What do you reach for when you have a headache? Learn the difference between three common over-the-counter painkillers.
Read about Child Life Specialist Kristen Bishop, who began her career at Mary Bridge four years ago.
Here are the steps you'll go through prior to bariatric surgery.
Setbacks don't have to change your plans to run a 12k — but take care of pain right away to avoid further injury.
Ruth Perkins, an elite runner who won the Sound to Narrows 12k race in 2011 and 2013, shares her advice on preparing for a 12k.
When training for a race, don’t forget nutrition.
You're in pain and need to see a doctor right away. Where should you go? Answer: It depends.
Clean Air for Kids provides free home visits and asthma education to families in MultiCare's service area.
MultiCare Health System is opening a new psychiatric unit at its Auburn hospital next week.
MultiCare offers two common procedures: gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
MultiCare Health System has named Julia Truman, MBA, as the new chief operating officer for MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center dedicated its first chapel this week.
Is your child a picky eater? We talked to a dietitian and pediatrician to find out why this happens and things you can do to help.
MultiCare Health System, in conjunction with the Cambia Grove and Elevar Labs, will host a Reverse Pitch Day event.
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on Sunday. Are you prepared to "spring forward?" These tips will help.
Next time you find yourself preparing for a potluck, try one of these healthy recipes.
Dietitian Chelsey Lindahl, from the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living, explores the pros and cons of three popular diets.
Talking to a medical practitioner about the difficult topic of childhood diet and weight can be the first step to creating wellness.
We won't see another leap day for four years, in the year 2020.
After losing more than 100 pounds post-surgery, Julie sees bariatric surgery as a "turning point" in how she feels about herself.
Good Samaritan has been recognized for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
Did you know that obesity is a major contributor to the nation's cancer toll and is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer?
Handmade plush hearts made for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital support groups serve to help families coping with loss.
Every new weight loss surgery patient must first attend a seminar. Here's what you'll learn.
For Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, we profile a 7-year-old with a rare heart condition.
MultiCare Health System welcomes Intermountain Healthcare as a partner on the Northwest NCI Community Oncology Research Program.
If you're considering TAVR, here are some of the best questions to ask as you research the procedure.
Wear red this Friday to help raise awareness of heart disease in women.
February is American Heart Month. Try these tips to help your heart and better understand your risk factors.
Congratulations to the 16 MultiCare Health System doctors honored in Seattle magazine's 16th annual “Top Doctors” issue.
Lois Bernstein, Senior Vice President of Community Services for MultiCare Health System, was recognized recently with the Building a Healthier Community — Chuck & Helen Matthaei Award.
For Chocolate Cake Day, we made a healthier version of this decadent dessert.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital have received prestigious awards for operating in paperless environments with electronic health records (EHR).
Flu activity is increasing in Washington. Here's what you need to know about the current outbreaks, plus the best ways to protect yourself and your family.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted in November to give Pierce County new restrictions on e-cigarettes, which went into effect Jan. 1.
Looking for breakfast inspiration? Here's a collection of healthy recipes.
Residents of Pierce County and the surrounding areas will have better access to desperately needed mental health services with approval of a new psychiatric hospital today.
Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable if detected early. Learn how to protect yourself during Cervical Health Awareness Month.
Just how hard is it to fit 10,000 steps into your day? Read on to find out.
Skip the juice cleanse or the latest "detox" diet and follow this dietitian's advice to take a "body abuse break."
You’ve made your New Year’s resolutions. Now how do you stay motivated to stick with them?
Jennifer Yahne, director of general surgery at MultiCare, shares four myths about weight loss surgery.
The 16th annual Do Something Healthy event features a presentation by Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard.
The kindness and encouragement of a Mary Bridge nurse inspires a former patient to pursue a nursing career.
Hospice of Kitsap County will become part of MultiCare Health System as of Feb. 1, bringing together two organizations committed to providing care and comfort to patients.
"Personalized medicine" uses genetic material from a patient's cancer cells to determine a treatment specific to the patient.
See how BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children gives children and their families a safe place to grieve — children like Avery and Colin, who lost their mom to cancer when they were just 5 and 7 years old.
Follow these tips when shopping for little ones to ensure a safe and fun holiday season.
What is norovirus, how does it spread and how can you best prevent it?
This is the eighth in an ongoing series of stories about some of the children we are helping through Building Dreams Together: The MultiCare Campaign for Healthy Children.
An expectant mom shares why she’s asking family and friends to get vaccinated before they meet her baby.
Here are some tips to help you avoid serious injury when skiing and snowboarding.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center recently was recognized for its dedication to patient safety with regional and national awards.
Here's a sneak peek of the trees you'll see at the 29th annual Festival of Trees this weekend.
We asked some of this year’s designers for tips so that you, too, can have a Festival-worthy Christmas tree.
Try these seasonal "spa water" recipes for a zero-calorie treat this holiday season.
A diabetic patient under threat of losing his toe tries hyperbaric oxygen treatment — with positive results.
For a healthier take on mashed potatoes, try this delicious cauliflower puree from one of our wellness dietitians.
Families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can now take classes on infant nutrition, kangaroo care and preparing to go home.
Tacoma General and March of Dimes have partnered to offer a new support and education program to the hospital's NICU.
In honor of Prematurity Awareness Day, we're sharing the story of Emma Monet, born at 24 weeks, who spent 123 days in the Tacoma General NICU.
Mothers in Tacoma General's NICU each received a special locket from Origami Owl on Friday.
MultiCare Health System and Hospice of Kitsap County are in discussions for MultiCare to acquire the assets of Hospice of Kitsap County.
With a few tips from folks who’ve been there, you can help make the birth of a sibling feel less like a dethroning and more like a promotion to a senior position.
In recognition of Mental Health Wellness Week, Nov. 8–14, four MultiCare experts share their tips for reclaiming your calm.
MERS is a virus that causes respiratory illness, often severe. How worried should we be, and what can we do to protect ourselves?
MultiCare Health System endocrinologist Ronald Graf, MD, answers common diabetes questions.
With the help of a grant, Medical Teams International is bringing their mobile dental clinic program to MultiCare.
Read on for tips to to counteract the wealth of sugar about to fill trick-or-treaters' bags and stomachs.
To keep kids safe when trick-or-treating, parents should take a few extra safety precautions, suggests the Center for Childhood Safety at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Picking an outfit for your child is a big part of Halloween, but while you’re looking for the perfect superhero or princess costume, keep some guidelines in mind.
Flu season typically peaks in December or later, but it's important to get your flu shot ahead of time for maximum protection.
Bryce passed away 17 years ago. Today, his mother donated to Tacoma General in his memory.
MultiCare Health System has awarded grants to 31 local, not-for-profit organizations to support the growth and development of projects that improve our communities.
A pregnant mom in labor makes it to the MultiCare Covington Medical Center just in time.
Are you ready for the Great Washington ShakeOut at 10:15 on 10/15?
Consumers in Pierce County have once again chosen MultiCare Tacoma General as a top destination for receiving health care.
With fall sports season under way, here are some important tips from our doctors about proper hydration.
To help us celebrate South King County Baby Week, we asked two new moms to share their recent experiences at our birth center.
Find out how virtual OB services are connecting busy moms with quality care.
In the last chapter of our Pregnant OB series, Sarah Chen reflects on the nervous anticipation all moms feel in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
Doctors dispel pregnancy myths to help expectant parents have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Hearing loss can affect all aspects of our lives: communication, learning, social interactions and even emotional health. Read on to learn how hearing loss can be treated, plus tips for communicating.
You may have heard about drug-resistant head lice in the news recently. Read on to learn more about these bugs and how to get rid of them.
On Oct. 1, MultiCare Health System will join thousands of health care organizations nationwide and convert to ICD-10, a new data system for patient record keeping and billing.
Even in the face of cancer, the Mary Bridge Hematology/Oncology Clinic makes sure kids can stay kids.
Have you ever wondered why the tune Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star played at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital?
Use these tips to help you talk to your child about their cancer, no matter what their age.
Most new parents assume their car seat is installed correctly, but it’s easy to make a mistake. Review these common errors and attend a free inspection to make sure your child is safe.
On 9/11, we discovered the importance of our flag and what it stands for, writes CEO and President Bill Robertson.
It’s important to recognize when a concussion occurs so a child can be removed from play and avoid more serious consequences.
Olivia's story teaches us that childhood cancer doesn't mean an end to childhood.
To celebrate our families, we asked moms from each of our Family Birth Centers to share their birth stories for Labor Day.
Find out how to build the perfect bento box and get ideas for this week's school lunch.
Meet a childhood cancer survivor who is offering hope to children and families facing cancer and taking a stand against bullying.
Experts and educators remind parents how to safeguard against this preventable trauma.
For children with ADHD, going back to school in the fall can be a challenge. Here are 8 approaches for symptom management that complement ADHD medications.
Thanks to a CPAP machine and the work of Mary Bridge doctors, a Tacoma child with Down syndrome and sleep apnea is sleeping better at night.
What’s that snake doing in the bathtub? Read the story behind Paul’s Pablove Shutterbugs photo.
An OB shares words of encouragement for women who have experienced pregnancy loss.
The 24th annual Courage Classic was a display of commitment and enthusiasm to heal and prevent child abuse in our community, writes President and CEO Bill Robertson.
Thanks to changes in insurance coverage requirements, most insurance plans now fully cover the cost of a breast pump.
Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. Read on for tips to keep up your breastfeeding schedule once you go back to work or school.
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. Learn more about this important source of stem cell transplants used to treat blood diseases.
Sasha Joseph Neulinger will join more than 300 bike riders this weekend at the 24th annual Alaska Airlines Courage Classic.
More than 100 students from around the Puget Sound will graduate from MultiCare's 12th annual Nurse Camp today.
Meet Luis Moreno, a Kent student who wants to learn all he can at Nurse Camp this week.
Meet a student who views practicing medicine as her ticket to see the world.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is providing $3.75 million to improve stroke care here through the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke program — one of only six grants awarded nationally.
We checked in with former Nurse Camp students to see where they are in their medical careers.
East Pierce County residents who need urgent and after-hours medical care have a new option at the new MultiCare Puyallup Urgent Care.
Jamilia Sherls has been recognized by the Business Examiner Media Group for her contributions to community outreach and health equity.
Pablove Shutterbugs student and pediatric cancer patient Dryden Shirks shares the story behind her photo.
To expand access to safe infant car seats for families in need, baby brand GB recently donated 30 new infant car seats to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center.
Pick up a few ingredients at your favorite farmers market and make this refreshing salad tonight.
President and CEO Bill Robertson shares the story of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and its connection to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
MultiCare Health System is one of the nation’s Most Wired health care organizations for the seventh year in a row, according to a recent survey.
Read the story behind Hanna Safley’s Pablove Shutterbugs photo.
Hyundai has awarded Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation a $50,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact Award to help fund pediatric cancer research and programs.
MultiCare Health System is the latest anchor partner at a collaborative space in Seattle that cultivates health care ideas to address the industry's challenges.
Take precautions this holiday weekend so your Fourth of July is a fun and safe one.
Find out how unique donations will help Mary Bridge patient and families.
Dr. Sarah Chen talks candidly about her reality at 35 weeks pregnant.
The FDA announced last week that trans fats are no longer “generally recognized as safe” and all food manufacturers must eliminate them from products by 2018.
Learn about the advantages of robotic-assisted hysterectomy surgery including short hospital stays and quick recoveries.
We sat down with Linda Chen to learn more about her leadership and how she will get to know MultiCare.
Men may be less likely to go to the doctor than women. But regular check-ups and screenings can help guys of all ages keep small health concerns from becoming big health problems.
President and CEO Bill Robertson congratulates the runners, planners and volunteers who participated in the 2015 Roman Meal Sound to Narrows.
Try this wrap recipe for a light snack or add a few ingredients to make it a satisfying meal.
MultiCare Health System would like to hear your perspectives on health, health care, and the overall strengths and weaknesses in your community. You are invited to participate in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment Survey.
South Sound Magazine readers choose best hospital and daycare.
Find out how recovering from open heart surgery inspired Rick to sign up for his first Sound to Narrows race.
Dr. Robert “Rob” Biernbaum will be the new Chief Information Officer for MultiCare Health System starting June 15.
Meet a local runner with impressive personal and athletic achievements.
These stones can form deep within your mouth's saliva glands, saliva ducts or tonsils. Read up on the latest ways to treat them.
Meet a stroke survivor and learn about the care that saved his life and helped him recover.
We’d like to share information with you to further clarify our policies and practices.
Learn about the risks involved when kids focus on one sport too early.
Meet this NICU family and learn about their journey from Shelton to the NICU, Tree House and home.
After a nationwide search, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital has selected Linda Chen as the organization's new president.
Dr. Sarah Chen, the Pregnant OB, reflects on joyful moments she's shared with her patients, and how it feels to experience them now, as a mom-to-be.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get With The Guidelines" program recognizes our hospitals for our high levels of care.
Stem cells from cord blood is now collected at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
Hand pain doesn't have to be debilitating. Learn how.
Chicken parmesan is healthier and just as tasty with this little twist on typical ingredients.
After bilateral hip replacements, Lesley Baczuk is back to doing what she loves. Read how MultiCare’s joint replacement program helped her get her life back.
It only takes a single skillet paired with fresh and healthy seasonal ingredients to put a tasty meal on your family table in record time.
With rivers, lakes and Puget Sound all within easy reach, water sports of all kinds are popular in our region. A few simple precautions can help keep you and your kids safe at the pool, beach or out on the water.
Take back comfort food with this satisfying weeknight meal.
Staying safe in a dangerous world
An MRI is noisy. It takes a long time, and being in the MRI machine makes many people feel claustrophobic. All of that can be scary for kids. That's where Cinemavision comes in.
Once you’re pregnant, life becomes anything but routine. Still, one routine bears following: a daily prenatal exercise plan.
Meet Pelumi Ajibade, Daffodil Princess and Mary Bridge volunteer.
April 5 - 11 is National Window Safety Week.
At 23 weeks' pregnant, Dr. Chen writes about what she imagines when she looks at her growing belly.
Community organizations now have a new source of support and partnership for their work.
April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. Learn how therapy is helping a Gig Harbor teen heal from a minor concussion.
Our Pregnant OB was as keen as any other mother to learn her baby's gender. But the 20-week check is about a lot more, she writes.
Meet the team that helps helps heal patients at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital with creativity and play.
A MultiCare dietitian weighs in on the popular Whole30 diet trend.
Follow this three-step approach to help your children make smart choices.
Getting to a "new normal" after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is no easy task.
Bite into a healthy lifestyle during National Nutrition Month, with these helpful tips from one of our leading dietitians.
Today is World Sleep Day, making it a good day to decide if your sleep habits need a wake-up call.
Dr. Sarah Chen, The Pregnant OB, shares some of her Taiwan and Hong Kong travel experience.
MultiCare has purchased new CareFusion Alaris infusion pumps to replace the existing Hospira infusion pumps throughout the system.
Dr. Sarah Chen gives voice to miscarriage — a common and painful reality for many women that is still stigmatized.
With the right ingredients, a salad can be just as satisfying in winter as in the warm months we typically enjoy them. Try this one to see what we mean!
We asked one of our most popular physicians to level with us about what really goes through his mind when he's seeing patients.
Thumps have started in the belly of a thrilled Sarah Chen, MD, The Pregnant OB.
A quick and painless test pioneered at MultiCare is helping to detect heart defects in newborns — and to shape national policy.
What happens when an OB doctor gets pregnant? Well, she certainly doesn't deliver her own baby, writes Dr. Sarah Chen, who recently joined our MultiCare team.
Part six in our ongoing series of stories about the vulnerable children at the center of our current community campaign.
Part five in our ongoing series of stories about the vulnerable children at the center of our current community campaign.
Part four in our ongoing series of stories about the vulnerable children at the center of our current community campaign.
No matter if you’re a crunchy mama, modern mama, by the book mama, stay at home mama or working mama, here are five things every new mom should know.
Part two in our ongoing series of stories about the vulnerable children at the center of our current campaign.
World Pneumonia Day is the perfect time to remind people about routine vaccines for children. Learn about the signs, symptoms and steps to prevent pneumonia.
MultiCare has started a Comprehensive Breast Care Program for women who live in South King County.
Our nutritionist offers tips and recipes for fixing your breakfast in a jiffy.
Community members were invited to a memorial this past weekend to remember the popular Tacoma MD and Relay for Life founder.
A MultiCare researcher has won a National Institutes of Health grant for a study that could lead to normal walking for people with peripheral arterial disease.
Prepare your child by getting him back on a routine a week or two before school starts. Read this and more advice from our child psychologist expert.
Binders, books and laptops are heavy. It's important to choose the right backpack so your child avoids developing lower back problems.
Meet local photographer, Jesse Michener, and learn the story behind her photo featured in National Geographic.
An alert from the Washington Poison Center warns parents and caregivers of toddlers about the potential dangers of children ingesting a new form of concentrated laundry detergent that comes in single-use packs, also known as "pods."
Vanessa Runo is one of 118 students who beat out hundreds more for a spot at this year's MultiCare Nurse Camp.
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.
The nation's oldest nurse, MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Surgical Services staff nurse, SeeSee Rigney, RN, is celebrating her 89th birthday. In honor of SeeSee's nearly seven-decade commitment to nursing we share her story.
Only three hospitals in the South Sound – all of them with MultiCare Health System -- have been recognized for providing a high level of stroke care. MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital received the 2014 "Get With The Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.
Eli Thaut surprised his parents by arriving 111 days early. During his three-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, the doctors and nurses became like family to Eli's parents, who sat by his side while he grew stronger.
"We were never alone," Katie Thaut said.
Fresh fruit dips do not have to be high in calories. We have combined low-fat versions of cream cheese and yogurt to make this creamy dip for your favorite fruits.
If you walk past the new Rainier Pavilion expansion across the street from Wright Park, you might notice five faces on the building’s pillars.
As part of the tower's grand opening festivities, MultiCare Health System honored five physicians who have made a difference in the community.
Longtime and much-loved Tacoma newspaper columnist Kathleen Merryman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, is documenting her treatment in a series of stories.
Seasonal allergies have brought runny noses and itchy eyes to Western Washington. To find relief, we sought tips from Dr. Lawrence Larson, a board-certified allergy/immunology specialist.
Read about the four food groups you should eat from every day in order to get the most out of your meals.
A proposed makeover to the “Nutrition Facts” label found on foods was unveiled this week by the Food and Drug Administration. Wellness Dietitian Chelsey Lindahl highlights five things we should know about changes.
The MultiCare Health System Board of Directors announced today that William G. “Bill” Robertson will serve as the new President and Chief Executive Officer beginning May 1. The appointment follows a comprehensive, national search by a Search Committee of the Board that began last fall, when longtime MultiCare President and CEO Diane Cecchettini, RN, announced her plans to retire.
Over the last five years, the Carol Milgard Breast center has provided more than 120,000 screening mammograms to women and more than 250,000 exams and procedures in total.
MultiCare Health System is a proud partner in this community resource.
In medical school, many physicians aren’t formally trained to ask women about their sex drive. (I know I wasn’t.) Many women wonder why it occurs. And more importantly, what can they do about it?
MultiCare Health System’s Claire Spain-Remy, MD, was honored at the Women of Color Empowered luncheon for Women Leaders in Health Care today in Seattle. Dr. Spain-Remy, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is Senior Vice President of MultiCare Medical Associates, which oversees more than 550 providers employed by MultiCare.
Hanna Safley, an oncology patient at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, was chosen to raise the 12th Man flag Friday at MultiCare. “Eleven days ago we were given the most difficult news of our life to hear and to accept,” said Hanna’s mother, Kelly Safley. “Our 13-year-old precious daughter was diagnosed with ALL -- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.”
At BRIDGES, the mission is simple: No child will grieve alone. One volunteer shares her story about why she gives back.
With beautiful views overlooking Wright Park, the seven-story Rainier Pavilion Expansion marks the largest piece of MultiCare Health System’s three-phase project to expand the areas that serve women, newborns and children in Tacoma. Departments will transition into the new areas by the end of March.
The 100th robotic-assisted surgery at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center was completed this week on the hospital's new da Vinci Si Surgical System. While robotic-assisted surgery is newly available in Auburn, MultiCare surgeons have performed more than 4,000 surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System at other MultiCare hospitals.
An open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 gave visitors a sneak peek at the new Family Birth Center, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature babies, and new inpatient rooms.
After a head-on crash New Year’s Day sent six people to the hospital, MultiCare Tacoma General Emergency Department staff members quickly realized they were caring for one of their own.
Only one hospital in Washington state is listed among the nation’s top heart programs. MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital was honored as one of “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
This is the time of year when many of us are resolving to make healthy changes in our lives, and we know that making those changes isn’t always easy. It takes a healthy dose of determination and a decent amount of discipline to build and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. A few facts and figures don’t hurt, either. And that’s where body fat percentage and resting metabolic rate testing come in. I connected with Lisa Lovejoy, MEd, RD, CD, a registered dietitian with MultiCare’s Center for Healthy Living, to see what getting these two tests involved.
The “r-word” was not something that had ever entered David Montgomery’s mind. But about six months into an experimental new treatment for Montgomery’s chronic lymphocytic leukemia, an incurable, slow-growing form of the blood and bone marrow cancer, his bone marrow showed no more sign of the disease.
The biggest prize in the history of "The Price is Right" daytime TV game show was won this week by a nurse from MultiCare Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Sheree Heil, LPN, who works as a surgical tech in the Allenmore operating room, won a $157,300 Audi R8 convertible plus $10,000 in cash.
If you’re looking to make a change in 2014, try starting with one of these 10 recommended areas of focus. These are the areas where change can make a significant positive impact to your health.
Adding a few simple stretches in to your daily routine can alleviate stress, increase range of motion, improve circulation and flexibility, and more.
Morrie Ottren passed away in April 2013, at age 92. He is buried in the Tahoma National Cemetery, in recognition of his military service. Through the charitable annuity during his lifetime, and from the proceeds from his estate, he contributed well over 1 million dollars to Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.
Enjoy a piece of pie with only a fraction of the calories, and nearly one-third the vitamin A we need every day. Alternative ingredients like evaporated fat-free milk and egg whites from Egg Beaters produce a lower-fat, lower-calorie dessert.
Spices may make our food safer by reducing the formation of harmful compounds when meats are cooked at high temperatures—for instance, during grilling. These pita sandwiches are a healthy alternative without sacrificing flavor.
The 27th annual Mary Bridge Festival of Trees in December raised $1.6 million for MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma. “I can’t cure cancer or do surgery, but I can loan my time to this extraordinary cause,” said Patty Tabet Ferguson, 2013 Event Chair.
From his workshop at the North Pole, Santa Claus made a "virtual visit" to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center. The personalized visits with children at the hospital were made possible thanks to video-chat technology from Cisco.
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.
If you weren't lucky enough to take home a tree from the 27th annual Festival of Trees last week, follow these 12 tips from the designers to get a similar look for a Christmas tree in your own home.
Every year on Dec. 6, Megan Kirkhart and her daughter Grace Cerkoney make a special trip to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. They say hello to the nurses, and then Kirkhart looks for the parents – there caring for their critically ill infants.
Hello Kitty brought hugs and smiles for young patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, as part of a visit to Tacoma, Wash., to celebrate the 27th annual Festival of Trees.
In 2011, Maci Hughes woke up Christmas morning in her room at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital for her third round of chemotherapy. Now that Maci's cancer is in remission, four generations of her family decorated a special tree for Festival of Trees, as a way to help other kids.
The 27th annual Festival of Trees began Tuesday with Designer Day and runs through Sunday, Dec. 8 in Tacoma. Since 1987, the festival has raised more than $21 million to support young patients at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. Here's the full schedule of this week's events.
Cranky spouses. Air mattresses in the guest room. Next-day exhaustion.
These are all symptoms of a very common habit: snoring.
After nine days of disaster response work in the Philippines, Dave and Lora York returned home to Puyallup for some downtime before they return to work at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. The Yorks won’t soon forget the destruction they saw and the stories they heard about the typhoon that has killed more than 5,000 people. They want to make sure other people don't forget, either.
The next time you’re shopping at The Outlet Collection in Auburn, look for MultiCare’s “wall of health” and use your camera to snap a photo of yourself in front of a health-inspired photo backdrop. Be sure to tag the photo #MHShealthyselfie if you share via social media.
A renovated entryway at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital is providing a warm welcome for visitors.
Three MultiCare employees are headed to the Philippines to help with typhoon relief efforts, as part of a volunteer team with EMPACT Northwest.
MultiCare Health System uses real, local people in our photos and videos. Vandy Long and Katrina Roebuck teamed up for an outdoor hiking photo shoot at Steele Lake Park in Federal Way, and their images are now appearing in print.
Only two hospitals in Pierce County received top grades on their report cards this week. For the fourth time, MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., both received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that grades hospitals nationwide.
Only three hospitals – all of them with MultiCare Health System -- have been recognized for providing a high level of stroke care in Pierce County.
For the 16th year, consumers in Pierce County have chosen MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital as a top destination for health care, according to the largest and most comprehensive consumer study of U.S. health care.
When a woman feels a lump in her breast, the fear of breast cancer is often made worse by the fear of not having insurance or enough money to cover the cost of a mammogram, an ultrasound or a biopsy. If you're a woman in this situation, we can help.
Baby Victor probably didn’t realize it, but his cozy new wearable blanket also kept him safe while he slept on his back at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. Tacoma General recently began bundling babies in the Halo SleepSack Swaddle, and will give one to every newborn to take home as part of the hospital’s efforts to keep babies safe during sleep.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center upgraded to an electronic health record system Oct. 1, exactly one year after joining MultiCare Health System. Called MultiCare Connect, the Epic electronic health record system securely stores a patient's entire health history, which gives caregivers instant access to the medical information they need to take care of you.
On Oct. 4, 1993, MultiCare first offered care and healing for patients in Covington. Over the past 20 years, MultiCare Covington Medical Center has grown in size and expanded services to meet the health care needs of our community. Find a doctor or provider in Covington.
Sign up now for Come Walk With Me, a 3.1-mile walk Saturday, Oct. 5 in Sumner that raises funds for breast health programs at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
Emergency Departments are prepared for just about anything. A busload of 30 elementary school kids presented a slightly new challenge last week at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. Two child-life specialists helped the kids cope with the experience.
Healthy kids got a boost from TV Tacoma, which highlighted "Ready, Set, Go! 5210" during an interview with the MultiCare directors who help run the community health program. Watch the video clip at the end of this story.
The first robotic-assisted surgery was performed this week at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. The procedure, a robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, was performed by Dr. Roque Lanza and assisted by Dr. David Minehan, who are longtime experts with the da Vinci Surgical System.
Diabetes is one of the most common – and increasingly prevalent – chronic diseases in children. For parents, the challenge is recognizing the symptoms in their child. Since the onset is slow and the changes are subtle, diabetes often isn’t recognized until a child is very ill, usually in conjunction with another illness. Keep an eye out for these five common signs:
Dr. David Katz says the keys to reducing chronic disease and early deaths are already in our hands.
Katz, an internationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, weight management and chronic disease management, was in Tacoma Friday for a Ready, Set, Go! 5210 community summit.
Local health officials are warning of the dangers of a popular party drug known as “molly." The drug is a powdered form of MDMA, or ecstasy, and is popular with people who attend raves, electronic music festivals and dance festivals. Users typically swallow the powder loose or in a capsule.
When 4-year-old Michael Teppner awoke from leg surgery, his cast had been "autographed" by Buzz Lightyear, Captain America, and all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This morning, Michael was wide awake and smiling while his cast was autographed by a few other people he looks up to: a pair of Seattle Mariners baseball players.
When Seattle Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders invited a group of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital patients and their families to attend a Mariners game, it couldn’t have come at a better time for 3-year-old Preston Baker and his family. After a diagnosis of Minimal Change Nephrotic Syndrome, Preston and his family were ready for a fun day at the ballpark.
Longtime MultiCare Health System President and CEO Diane Cecchettini, RN, has announced plans to retire the second quarter of 2014.
The MultiCare Health System Board of Directors has assembled a search committee to begin the process of recruiting the next CEO.
Back to school season is a celebratory time for parents and kids alike; however, it can also mean added items on the parental “to-do” list. School lunches shouldn’t be an added stressor in your life. Let these tips and ideas help save you time, money, and bring you piece of mind that your kids are getting a balanced, healthy lunch!
When Jim Parkinson wasn’t being kicked out of medical offices, he often walked out himself. After years without health care, his body deteriorated. That's when he met Rondi Mitchell, RN, case manager with MultiCare’s Community Care Transition Team.
It’s back-to-school time, and although you might already have paper and pencils, put immunizations on your shopping list to make sure your kids are protected as they head to class. Vaccinations protect your children from certain deadly diseases, prevent outbreaks, and promote healthy classrooms.
Her friends noticed first: Eileen Kellogg kept falling. The 69-year-old Sumner woman couldn't seem to keep her balance. So Kellogg's neurologist, Dr. Kim Mebust, recommended a relatively new test that can help diagnose Parkinson's disease.
We use real, local people in our photos and videos. A recent South King County photo shoot featured David and Marie Haase ,a local family with ties to MultiCare Health System.
We use real, local people in our photos and videos.
A recent photo shoot at a house in Central Tacoma features Antonette Paulette, who is due to give birth Sept. 3 at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics emphasizes the hazards of children choking on food, with more than 12,000 emergency department visits each year across the U.S.
Here in the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department we see children choking on many common foods, including hot dogs, grapes, chips, Cheetos and apples, as well as coins, small toys and watch batteries. Avoid an emergency department visit with your child by following these tips:
This will be my twentieth year riding this spectacular event. It serves as an inspiration for me to keep challenging myself to pursue my personal fitness goals throughout the year.
Tami Kapule says early breast cancer detection saved her life.
Homemade baby food can be cheaper, and just as (if not more!) nutritious than store-bought baby food. Here, moms from the MultiCare Mom and Baby Support Group share some of their favorite recipes.
Ted Walkley, MD, FAAP, FACEP, received the prestigious Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Washington Chapter. Dr. Walkley is a physician in the Emergency Department at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma, Wash.
Thanks to residents who exercise – and can’t stop talking about it on Facebook – Tacoma ranks among the Top 10 “Fittest Cities” in the United States, according to a list based on user data from Facebook. Keep reading for our favorite ways to work out in Tacoma.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital may not be the most obvious charity of choice for a Chicago seamstress. But it was the Tacoma, Wash. hospital that first inspired Rhonda Buss to give back, so it’s Mary Bridge driving her effort to collect 900 pillowcases to cheer sick children.
Looking at 9-year-old Madison today, you’d never guess she spent the first days of her life in MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
She loves gymnastics, hockey, soccer and the hospital that took such good care of her and her mom, Tiffany Lindsay.
As the night sky already begins to fill with rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, Emergency Department physicians are asking people to hold onto all their fingers this Independence Day. Last year, hospitals in Pierce County treated 34 fireworks-related injuries, up from 26 in 2011.
What was MultiCare urogynecologist Dr. Danielle Price’s first thought when she saw the new Internet video circulating that highlights women who pee during extreme CrossFit workouts?
“I see all of those people doing heavy lifting and think of their poor pelvic floors!” exclaims Price.
A bald scalp is a blank canvas for artwork that is helping some patients cope with hair loss after chemotherapy treatments at the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center. Called a henna crown, the intricate, temporary designs are created with a plant-based dye.
If your child is constipated, chances are it’s frustrating for both of you. Constipation - difficulty passing stool or a longer-than-normal time between bowel movements—is common in children and can sometimes be a cause for concern.
More than 5,000 families every year choose MultiCare Family Birth Centers& to bring their newest members into the world. This week, we asked a few new mothers to share their recent experiences with our birth centers.
Not all charities claiming to help sick children are really helping sick children. That's the disturbing bottom line in a new report from CNN, the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
But luckily for would-be donors, there are legitimate places to donate – if you know where to look.
Without a sound, the 5-year-old boy was drowning. He couldn’t yell for help because his head was underwater. He didn’t struggle. He didn’t splash. Only his hands, waving softly, broke the surface 30 yards from shore.
As a wellness dietitian with the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living, we're always meeting with patients and community groups to talk about food choices and nutrition. Here are some answers for those who are curious about gluten-free diets.
Baby Jadelynn, pictured above, weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces when she was born at 24 weeks. Only one Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Tacoma is certified to care for all premature and critically ill newborns like Jadelynn, no matter how small their size or how complex their condition.That's why mothers who want the highest level of NICUcare for their baby in Tacoma choose the NICU at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
Anytime a TV talk show highlights the benefits of low-dose radiation CT scans, the phones starts ringing inside the medical imaging department that serves Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital. The most common question: “When my child was scanned recently, was it on the low-dose machine?” If they brought their child to Mary Bridge, parents don’t have to worry.
Becker's Hospital Review has named Tacoma-based not-for-profit MultiCare Health System one of the "100 Integrated Health Systems To Know." This is the 11th consecutive year MultiCare has ranked in the Top 100.
Anyone can participate, but men are encouraged to wear high heels for the one-mile walk that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Pioneer Park in downtown Puyallup, right after the Meeker Days 5k Fun Run that begins at 9 a.m.
Six days after our daughter was born, we received a phone call that changed our life. Our baby Lucy had tested positive for cystic fibrosis. Two hours later, we were face to face with Dr. David Ricker in the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. At that time, we didn't know that Lucy's form of cystic fibrosis would prove to be the first genetic mutation that researchers were able to correct.
Dale Chihuly, the world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma native, visited MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital on Wednesday to check out the new glass art installation created by the Hilltop Artists program. "Beautiful," Chihuly said. "Nice work."
Frisko Freeze, the iconic Tacoma hamburger stand, is the dominant view from Karla Jo Tupper’s office window at the Mary Bridge Health Center. It’s the same view she had 38 years ago as a child, when she was rushed to Mary Bridge for emergency surgery that saved her life.
Grays Harbor Community Hospital and MultiCare Health System announced today they have signed a Letter of Intent to establish an affiliation network between the two health systems.
While National Nurses Week runs through Sunday, May 12 (Florence Nightingale's birthday), patients benefit every day from a long tradition of dedicated individuals who offer healing, comfort and expert care.
With three young children waiting at home, Janelle Winstead didn’t have time for a long recovery after surgery. So when her gallbladder needed to be removed, the Tacoma mother was thankful she had the option to choose daVinci robotic surgery just down the street at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
The young patients might not realize it while they're throwing a ball or pedaling a tricycle, but their treatment-disguised-as-play is truly the result of a team effort. Now you can support their team just by attending Northwest Corks & Crush.
Spring is here, and not only is it a great time to plant new shrubs, such as roses, it is also when the selection of roses at local nurseries is at its best.
From rain gardens to green rooftops full of native plants, every day is Earth Day at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. In fact, Good Samaritan's Dally Tower became the first inpatient hospital in Washington state to receive the LEED Gold award for sustainable construction and design.
Wednesdays are special at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
They’re the days when Gig Harbor High School seniors Alexa DeYoung and Mara Kramer visit to cheer young patients with guitar, ukulele and the healing powers of Taylor Swift.
Raise your glass in support of a good cause at Northwest Corks & Crush, a gala dinner and auction to benefit Children’s Therapy Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
Drop by drop, one glass sphere at a time, waves of color illuminated the sky and washed away the gray. Inside two newly built skybridges at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, students with the Hilltop Artists program carefully filled floor-to-ceiling windows with more than 1,500 hand-blown glass floats.
On March 26, 2013, MultiCare Health System lifted the visitor restrictions that were put in place to protect newborns in the Family Birth Centers. Siblings of any age are allowed to visit the Birth Center, but children younger than 13 who are not siblings of the baby are still restricted. Some restrictions are still in place at Tacoma General's high-risk nurseries, at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and at the Mary Bridge Pediatric Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital.
About 1 p.m. Tuesday, MultiCare Health System received a nonspecific threat at the main campus of Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. After investigating the threat, staff and law enforcement determined there was no danger and called the all clear about 3:30 p.m.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital's Dally Tower recently received the prestigious Vista Award in the category for new construction. The award recognizes the importance of teamwork in creating an optimal health care environment on projects that succeed from pre-planning through construction to operation.
Staff, parents and students alike agree that Puyallup’s Mt. View Elementary School is a small school with a big heart. So when members of the close-knit community learned that a school employee’s 2-year-old grandson was in the hospital, they knew they had to help, and quickly collected more than 800 toys for children staying in the hospital.
More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults. Follow these tips to help prevent poisoning in your home.
Every year, hundreds of cyclists suit up for the Alaska Airlines Courage Classic, a 173-mile bicycle tour over three of Western Washington’s most well-known mountain passes. It’s a challenging and fun event that raises money to support the Rotary Endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – which provides significant support for Mary Bridge’s Child Abuse Intervention Department (CAID).
When Bill Clark finished up his last round of chemotherapy at the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center in Puyallup, the nurses treated him to the foods he’d inexplicably craved during his six months of treatment: a giant Slurpee and three beef jerky sticks. Clark still laughs – and tears up a little – talking about it. “Those gals have so much grace and love and compassion for people,” Clark says. “I couldn’t have gotten any better care.”
This is 6-year-old Cole Vukich. He earned this token today at the hematology/oncology clinic at the Mary Bridge Health Center. To earn a token, "I have to get a poke," Cole explained.
A tiger cub who is recovering from a critical illness received a note of encouragement this week from another young patient who knows what it's like to go through multiple medical procedures. “I was diagnosed with leukemia the same week that Berani was born,” said 8-year-old Paul Dawkins as he explained his special connection with the 6-month-old tiger.
The tiny pink T-shirt is more than 30 years old, yet the baby wearing it is brand new. Violet Magnolia Shamp was born with a flair for vintage fashion. When she arrived Feb. 4 at the Family Birth Center at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, her parents dressed her in a 1981 Tacoma General T-shirt originally worn by Violet's mother, Martha, when she was born at the hospital.
Every year, hundreds of cyclists suit up for the Courage Classic, a 173-mile bicycle tour over three of Western Washington’s most well-known mountain passes. With this year’s ride less than 160 days away, and with spring weather still a month away, we asked Mark Craddock, a 10-time Courage rider and top fundraiser, to share his favorite tips for training in inclement weather.
August 2010 was a life-changing month for Angie Hart. On August 7, Hart’s brother-in-law Chadd was killed in Kentucky. On August 8, the expectant mother was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and rushed by ambulance to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. On August 9, Bailey Rainn Miller was born by emergency cesarean section – nine weeks early and weighing just 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
Young Riley Bridge and her parents, Dana and Josh, spent more than a month at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Today Riley and Dana are part of a design team charged with making our new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU ) a better place for kids and the people who love them.
The Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation has awarded a $2.75 million grant for the Carol Milgard Breast Center to provide tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. The technology will be installed later this year, making the center the first in Pierce County to offer this technology.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park is perhaps the last thing you expect to see during a trip to the doctor’s office: a fully functioning medical day spa.
As a gal who’s never been able to resist a good trip to the spa, I knew I had to check it out.
In honor of Presidents Day this month, we've asked MultiCare's health experts to look back at the ailments of past U.S. presidents, then offer their perspective on how these conditions might be treated differently today. This look at President Grover Cleveland's poor lifestyle choices and ensuing complications is the second in our series, "Presidential Maladies."
Hidden heart defects in five healthy-appearing newborns have been found and fixed, thanks to a quick and painless test that’s celebrating its fifth anniversary today at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. Since Feb. 14, 2008, more than 10,000 day-old babies have received the screening that is free to all children born at Tacoma General. Called pulse oximetry, the test detects low levels of oxygen in the blood, which may be indicative of a heart defect.
Now that we’re more than a month into the New Year, are you finding it harder to stick to those resolutions you made with such good intentions? Do you need a little inspiration to help stay with those healthy changes you started in January?
We have just the thing: the story of MultiCare Employee Kimberly Weaver, RN, who lost over 50 pounds, went from a size 16 to a size 4 -- and has kept the weight off for three years.
UPDATE: On March 26, 2013, MultiCare Health System lifted some of the visitor restrictions that were put in place to protect newborns and their families.
In this recipe, a traditional corn casserole is lightened up by using egg substitute in place of whole eggs and by adding vegetables to the mix. With a little creativity you can think of ways to add vegetables to almost any recipe; it’s a great tool to not only make a recipe stretch farther, but to also add fiber and nutrients.
Sunday's episode of "Downton Abbey," a PBS drama set in 1920s England, raised many questions about the dangers of eclampsia and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. For answers, we turned to MultiCare OB/GYN physicians and the MultiCare Health Library.
Thanks to the efforts of Janay Conner, a huge collection of superhero capes, fairy wings, magic wands, tutus and flower hats will allow children to dress up during visits to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
A TV program that aired last week on The Discovery Channel highlighted the innovative work at the Children's Therapy Unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash.
The final steel beam was installed this week at MultiCare Health System's Rainier Pavilion construction project in Tacoma.
Flu season appears to be peaking earlier and affecting more people than last year in Western Washington, according to lab results from patients tested at the hospitals and clinics of MultiCare Health System in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.
Inside an operating room at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, ninth-grader Nick Thomas settled into the driver's seat of the da Vinci Surgery System and shouted the first thing that came to his mind: "This is so much better than Xbox!"
Flu season has hit Western Washington but it’s not too late to get your flu shot. The Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization Clinic will offer free flu shots for kids between six months and 18 years old and uninsured adults 18 to 64 years old from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Mary Bridge WIC building at 316 N. L St. in Tacoma, behind Frisko Freeze.
The Seattle Mariners kicked off their 2013 caravan tour on Wednesday with a special "Get Well" visit to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
Rather than taking drastic action with your resolutions this new year, set your sights on realistic, manageable goals you can stick to all year long. Here, MultiCare Center for Healthy Living dietitian Chelsey Lindahl suggests three resolutions for you and your family to cleanse bad habits and get you on track for 2013.
The first babies of the year arrived early this morning in the Family Birth Centers at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.
Santa Claus wasn’t the only person scheduled to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In a hospital that never sleeps, babies need to be delivered, emergency treatment needs to be provided, food needs to be served, rooms need to be cleaned, and countless unseen services need to be provided to ensure everything runs smoothly, every day of the year.
Quinoa is an ancient whole-grain and creates the perfect canvas for a variety of dishes. In this recipe, the quinoa highlights a new take on oatmeal for a healthy breakfast or sweet snack.
Children at the Mary Bridge Children's Health Center today were treated to some special gifts, thanks to an early visit from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their helpers from the Auburn Eagles Aerie 2298.
These no-bake flax snacks are a simple and satisfying snack for at home or on the go.
A dozen babies have been born so far on 12-12-12 at MultiCare hospitals, and four women delivered their newborns during the 12 o'clock hour in the Family Birth Centers at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma asked some clever kids to ponder some curious health questions, such as "What are doctors doing when they look in your ear?" and "What does your belly button do?" In this series of four fun videos, some of their insightful answers may surprise you.
If you’re looking for a new healthy family meal, this is it. Not only is this recipe quick and easy to prepare, it provides some wiggle room to sneak some extra veggies in that your family may not normally eat.
MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center has been named one of the country’s Top Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality care to pediatric patients. Mary Bridge is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest and one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the country to receive this recognition.
The Loretta Clubb Award for Service Excellence was created to honor service excellence among MultiCare employees across our system. Named in honor of Loretta Clubb, a longtime MultiCare employee known for her customer service skills, nominees for this award are recognized by co-workers, patients, business associates and physicians as exhibiting the highest standards of customer service on a daily basis.
The 26th annual Festival of Trees in Tacoma runs through Sunday. In the past 25 years, the festival has raised more than $20 million to support young patients at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma. We asked 11 tree designers why they volunteer to put in so much work and effort for Festival of Trees. Here's what they said.
The popular Christmas Rush Fun Run and Walk, an annual Kent tradition for 30 years, returns Saturday, Dec. 8, with MultiCare Health System as the title sponsor. The event is free for kids ages 13 and younger, thanks to MultiCare.
Spc. Matt Arehart traveled from Afghanistan to surprise his wife just 15 minutes before their son was born.
A CNN documentary that will debut Sunday includes an interview with Dr. Stephen Anderson, who is an Emergency Department physician at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital’s Emergency Department to film interviews for the program, which will debut on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on CNN. The network will encore the program on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Beef stroganoff is a staple comfort food; with a sodium and fat content that can sneak up on you, says MultiCare Wellness Dietitian Chelsey Lindahl. This recipe uses low-sodium and low-fat products to keep sodium levels within healthy ranges - without compromising flavor. To cut fat intake even further, rinse ground beef after browning (but before adding spices, broth, etc). This quickly rinses away excess fat and calories.
Everyone is welcome to help us celebrate MultiCare Adult Day Health’s 35th Anniversary! The party, silent auction and 3rd Annual Showcase Performance is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (formerly the South Park Community Center) at 4851 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma.
When it came to deciding on a course of treatment for his prostate cancer, Bob Loose says choosing MultiCare’s CyberKnife in Tacoma was an easy decision. “When you have something that moves with the body and is that accurate – then you really have no choice,” he says.
This chicken enchilada recipe provides a well-balanced meal rich in protein and fiber, while remaining low in fat. Feel free to get creative and add additional vegetables such as tomatoes, bell pepper or onions to the chicken mixture as well. This is a great recipe to have fun with and make it your own, says says MultiCare Wellness Dietitian Chelsey Lindahl.
Halloween: it’s the one day of the year when kids and grownups alike can transform into anything their mischievous minds can imagine—from princesses and paupers to rock stars, wranglers, dinosaurs and divas. MultiCare dietitians and childhood safety experts offer these tips to keep your children safe while enjoying their Halloween bounty.
Three days after Sgt. Michael Mizer deployed to Southeast Asia, his wife, Heidi, found out she was pregnant with their first child. Even though he was more than 5,000 miles away, Sgt. Mizer was still able to experience many pregnancy milestones. Those special moments were possible thanks to “virtual visits” via computer, offered for the first time this summer by MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
Halloween: it’s the one day of the year when kids and grownups alike can transform into anything their mischievous minds can imagine—from princesses and paupers to rock stars, wranglers, dinosaurs and divas. A tip for enjoying the day’s treats: Parents should take some extra safety precautions, especially as kids head out for trick-or-treating, says Laura Miccile, supervisor of the Center for Childhood Safety at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
From health care to haircuts, a wide range of free services were offered Saturday at Pierce County Project Homeless Connect. It was all possible thanks to a large group of volunteers that included many MultiCare Health System employees.
Halloween: it’s the one day of the year when kids and grownups alike can transform into anything their mischievous minds can imagine—from princesses and paupers to rock stars, wranglers, dinosaurs and divas. Picking an outfit for your child is a big part of Halloween—but while you’re looking for the perfect superhero or princess costume, keep some guidelines in mind.
Florence Chang has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the not-for-profit MultiCare Health System based in Tacoma, Wash. In this new role, Chang is responsible for inpatient and service operations of MultiCare – the hospitals, programs and services within them, as well as Information Services.
You may have heard in the news about the current outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who have received an epidural steroid injection in a number of states.
We have confirmed that MultiCare Health System does not use the methylprednisolone acetate products that were produced at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., that has been implicated in this outbreak, and we are confident that no patients treated at MultiCare facilites are at direct risk from this outbreak.
Nearly a half-million dollars was raised for the MultiCare Institute for Research & Innovation, thanks to the generosity of 500 guests at MultiCare Health System's "Rock the Foundation" fundraiser that featured The Doobie Brothers at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System, walked the halls of MultiCare Auburn Medical Center on Monday morning welcoming the employees to the Tacoma-based health system. “It’s an exciting day for all of us,” Cecchettini said as she shook hands with the staff in the Auburn Intensive Care Unit. “We are going to do good work together.”
MultiCare Health System completed the purchase of the Auburn Regional Medical Center hospital facility today. The South King County hospital has been renamed MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
A MultiCare Health System team lead by Theresa Boyle, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, toiled Friday as part of a Habitat for Humanity “team build” day, augmenting the regular volunteer workforce to help build out a community of 13 new homes.
David Nicewonger will lead MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and become the chief operating officer when MultiCare completes the purchase of the hospital and facility assets of Auburn Regional Medical Center on Oct. 1. This will be the top leadership role at the hospital.
Kevin Murray, MD, was honored as the 2012 “Family Medicine Educator of the Year” by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Murray is Medical Vice President of Primary Care for MultiCare Health System.
MultiCare Health System is one of the nation’s Most Wired health care organizations for the fourth year in a row, according a survey released in the current issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
This weekend, Aug. 4-6, is the 21st Annual Alaska Airlines Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Each year this fully supported, three-day, 173-mile event takes hundreds of cycling participants over three of Western Washington’s most well known mountain passes, Snolqualmie, Blewett and Stephens. It’s a challenging and fun event that raises money for a great cause, to support the Rotary Endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect — which provides significant support for Mary Bridge’s Child Abuse Intervention Department (CAID).
We asked MultiCare employees to tell us why they ride the Courage Classic.
Dr. Claire Spain-Remy has been promoted to Senior Vice President of MultiCare Medical Associates at MultiCare Health System. In her new role, she will work with all employed providers and their practice staff and management at MultiCare Health System to ensure patients receive coordinated care throughout the network of hospitals, clinics and community-based services in the South Sound.
Anna Gottlieb tells the story of how she came to be Gilda’s Club Seattle Founder and Executive Director.
Only one hospital in Pierce County has been recognized for providing the highest level of stroke care.
MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit health system, has announced plans to purchase the hospital and clinic assets of Auburn Regional Medical Center from Universal Health Services Inc. The sale is subject to regulatory review, which is expected to take place by late summer.
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital's yearlong 130th anniversary celebration kicked off today with a ceremony that paid tribute to the hospital's roots. In the hospital's main lobby, staff members unveiled a history display that charts Tacoma General's evolution from the founding of Tacoma's first hospital on April 29, 1882.
At 7 a.m. today, the illumination of a red "Emergency" sign announced the opening of the MultiCare Covington Emergency Department. "Gives us goosebumps," said one employee. Not much later, the first patients began to arrive for treatment.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized MultiCare Health System’s gastrointestinal labs as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy. MultiCare Health System is one of 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition.
A public open house from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, will celebrate the unveiling of new imaging equipment at the MultiCare Eatonville Clinic, 118 Washington Ave. N.
Brett Murphy, Purchasing Agent, MultiCare Materials Management, is the team leader for Waist Management #1, one of the five-person teams participating in the Pierce County Match Up weight-loss contest.
Only in a weight-loss contest will you find teams proudly named "The Fat and the Furious," "The Not-So-Thin Blue Line," "No More Man Boobs" and "The Hunger Games."
For the 19 babies born at MultiCare hospitals yesterday, Feb. 29 always will be a special day -- even if it means their "first" birthday technically will be four years from now. But we're sure these Leap Day newborns and their families will celebrate more often that that.
Marilyn Gustafson, manager of MultiCare's New Adventures Children's Center, will be remembered as a loving teacher, manager, mentor and friend. She died Thursday morning after a brave fight with cancer.
MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital has been working hard to keep kids in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit safe from infections.
That work was recognized recently when the Tacoma hospital received the highest rating of any pediatric hospital in Washington in a Consumer Reports story about preventing infections in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Craig DeSelms, a longtime MultiCare Health System physician, died Wednesday after living many years with prostate cancer. Dr. DeSelms provided care to patients at the MultiCare Maple Valley Clinic.
The construction site for the new Emergency Department at MultiCare Covington Medical Center still is covered with dust and crawling with construction workers. But the building will be finished in about a month and open to the public in early April.
Responding to increasing demand for services, MultiCare Health System will remodel and update the areas that serve women, newborns and children at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital beginning next summer.
If you're like some women, you may put other people's needs ahead of your own. Yet taking time for your health is worth it. Make 2012 the year you take charge of your health—starting with these seven healthy resolutions.
A baby's heart defect was detected thanks to a painless test offered to newborns at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. "I feel very lucky that we decided to do the test. I feel very lucky that we were at Tacoma General," the boy's mother told KING 5 TV. "I think the stars aligned. Somebody was looking out for us, for him, and it essentially saved his life."
This winter will be a little warmer for those in need, thanks to the generosity of employees at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. For the past month, employees decorated three Good Samaritan Giving Trees with new hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks.
"I'm going to get a big hug for this!" said 6-year-old Cameron McKeever after he wrapped up a gift that he picked out for his mother. Cameron was one of 50 young patients at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital who picked out gifts for their parents, brothers and sisters Thursday at a special Holiday Shop inside the Tacoma hospital.
Thanks to video chat equipment normally used for telemedicine visits between doctors and patients, Santa Claus greeted young patients in their hospital beds Tuesday at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.
Have you gotten your flu shot this year? If not, you should. We know people have a lot of excuses. They all sound like feeble reasons when you are curled up in bed under five blankets unable to swallow, or when you or a loved one is in the hospital having trouble breathing.
Theresa Wolland lost a neighbor and a friend - and the community lost a protector - two years ago when Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Kent Mundell was killed in the line of duty. In his honor and in honor of the thousands of other law enforcement workers in Washington, Wolland designed a Christmas tree called "A Thin Blue Line" for the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Festival of Trees.
KOMO 4 TV reported Wednesday that the 25th annual Mary Bridge Festival of Trees is under way at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. More than 70 decorated trees are on display through Sunday.
Some special friends have teamed up to help 4-year-old Iley Puloka fulfill her wish to bring Christmas to children at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, where Iley spent last Christmas.
Two MultiCare hospitals have earned the 2011 "Best Hands on Care Award" from the Washington State Hospital Association. Above, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White demonstrates the "gel in, gel out" hand-sanitizing technique while visiting patients in February at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma.
Consumers in Pierce County have once again chosen MultiCare Tacoma General as a top destination for receiving health care, according to the largest and most comprehensive consumer study of U.S. health care.
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in partnership with ACHIEVE introduces a new community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for families.
MultiCare Health System is among the first in Washington to show that its electronic health record, called MultiCare Connect, meets the requirements of a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service incentive program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
For their pioneering work in screening newborns for heart defects, MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital's Family Birth Center and the MultiCare Mary Bridge Pediatric Heart Center have been chosen to receive the 2011 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care
Fresh off the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final and followed by an ESPN TV crew, U.S. national soccer team member Stephanie Cox visited young patients Thursday at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center.
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was generous enough to take time out of his busy schedule to spend Wednesday afternoon visiting with young patients at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
MultiCare Regional Cancer Center has been recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers with the 2011 Innovation Award for improving the patient experience.
Flu vaccines are now available for patients at MultiCare clinics in King and Pierce counties. Patients who would like the flu vaccine should make an appointment.
MultiCare Health System is honored for the third year in a row for its complete electronic health record that connects all hospitals and clinics..
Surrounded by wooden rocking horses at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center, 5-year-old Emilye Flick strutted in her pink cowboy boots to select the one she felt was just right for her.
The Washington State Hospital Association announced today that MultiCare Health System's four hospitals are among 94 hospitals in Washington state that have adopted policies that are dramaticall...