Press release:

Each year, Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing Puget Sound makes gifts that reflect the generosity of Boeing employees, who graciously give their time and talents to help communities in which they live and work. In fall of 2012, The ECF awarded a grant to the Highline Medical Center Foundation in the amount of $39,454 to upgrade the family rooms in the Intensive and Critical Care units at Highline Medical Center.

Renovation started in winter of 2012 and was completed in Spring 2013. The upgraded family rooms now have a more home-like, welcoming space for families to gather, along with comfortable furniture, entertainment and options for rest.

They also have mini-kitchens and family spaces to prepare a favorite meal for their hospitalized loved one and a private room to discuss medical care with the healthcare team.


Highline Cancer Center press release:

Cancer is a word heard too often both here at Highline Medical Center and in our community.

That is why we are fighting back against this disease with our long-time partner – the American Cancer Society – by encouraging you to consider taking part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) a historic research study has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of men and women between the ages of 30-65 across the United States and Puerto Rico, to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s, which have collectively involved millions of volunteer participants.
Data from past studies have helped establish monumental findings, including the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll.

Possible public exposures to measles on July 4

Press release:

Local public health officials have learned of a confirmed case of measles in a contagious traveler who arrived at Sea-Tac airport on July 4, 2013. Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease caused by the measles virus. It is mainly spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Because most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, the risk to the general public is low. However, people who were in the same locations at Sea-Tac Airport around the same time as the contagious traveler should be aware of their immunity status, monitor themselves for symptoms, and call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or an unexplained rash illness sometime between July 11 and July 25, 2013.

People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems.


Press release:

Dr. Barry Bockow, a rheumatologist at Highline Medical Center for 33 years and a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, recently discovered a new innovative and safe treatment for a very serious, potentially fatal, hematologic disorder.

The disorder is called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), and is often an immune complication of systemic lupus erythematosus. The body attacks its own platelets and the platelet count diminishes to life threateningly low levels. Untreated, the patients will bleed internally. The current treatment for this serious malady is high-dose corticosteroids, and if that fails various chemotherapeutic agents are tried. These two treatments have multiple potential serious side effects including secondary malignancies, opportunistic infectious, etc.

Dr. Bockow, having many years of experience using hydroxychloroquine, a drug that is used to treat systemic lupus, treated two patients with hydroxychloroquine but added high-dose vitamin D to the regimen.


Press release:

This May marks the 86th anniversary of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Better Hearing Month, an event dedicated to raising awareness about hearing loss treatment and the challenges facing those who live with limited hearing.

To further this goal, Highline Hearing Professionals in Burien will be offering free hearing screenings by appointment throughout the month of May.

“Both regular hearing checkups and the protection of your existing hearing are key to preserving your hearing health,” says Rebecca Grady of Highline Hearing Professionals. “And for those who are living with untreated hearing loss, Better Hearing Month is a good time to learn more about recent technological advances in hearing aids. Today’s devices are vastly superior to those of even just a few years ago.”

Patients and community members walk with Group Health care providers

Press release:

Who: Group Health Cooperative

What: Walk and Talk with Group Health Care providers. FREE monitored exercise and health tips program open to the community, Group Health members, and employees.

When: Friday, May 3 from11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., (ongoing Fridays each week at 12:15 p.m.)

Where: Group Health Burien Medical Center, North Annex, 140 S.W. 146th St., Burien, WA.

Here's how it works:
You meet with other walkers at a predetermined location (often indoors) for introductions, and a quick health tip from a member of the health team. If you’re new to the program, you’ll receive a pedometer to log your progress, a drawstring bag, and water bottle.
Everyone heads outside, rain or shine, to walk for 30 to 45 minutes. You walk at your own pace, for the distance you choose.
You are joined by Group Health doctors, nurses, medical assistants and Group Health staff.
Whether you’re just beginning to log steps on your pedometer, or are training to participate in your first walking event, Walk & Talk is an invigorating way to get health tips along with exercise.


The city of SeaTac recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. A total of 84 cities and public entities demonstrated their commitment to employee health promotion and met the stringent standards set forth for the award.

All of these cities are part of AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, a health insurance pool that provides coverage to more than 15,000 city employees across the state. As a result of earning the designation, WellCity Award recipients will receive a two percent premium discount on their Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health medical coverage in 2013.

“This award would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts put forth by the SeaTac Wellness Committee, who dedicate themselves to these educational programs and events all year long,” said Todd Cutts, SeaTac city manager. “We are committed to having a healthy, vibrant community, and this program is a wonderful incentive to encourage just that.”


Press release:

Four key health care policies sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-33, have been passed by the Legislature and are on their way to becoming law.

“I am happy that we have finally moved beyond the debate over health reform and are creating health policies for the future,” said Keiser, ranking member on the health care committee.

Key policies passed by the Legislature include:

• Health care oversight: Senate Concurrent Resolution 8401 establishes a joint legislative oversight committee to ensure smooth, efficient implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the Insurance Commissioner, the Health Benefit Exchange and the Health Care Authority. Now that three different agencies are responsible for parts of the ACA implementation, the Legislature needs to provide for coordination so there isn’t a “one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing” problem in health reform efforts.

Franciscan now has six hospitals in south Puget Sound

Press release:

Highline Medical Center in Burien is now part of the Franciscan Health System becoming the sixth hospital in the Franciscan organization.

Highline’s affiliation with Franciscan creates opportunities for collaboration that will benefit patients and the broader community.

The Highline –Franciscan affiliation was announced in June 2012 and became final April 1, 2013 after completion of reviews by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Highline Medical Center was established in 1958 and includes a 154-bed acute care hospital, a 115-bed specialty center, more than 20 clinics across from West Seattle to Vashon Island.

Its services include 24-hour emergency and trauma care, critical care, cardiac care, cancer care, inpatient medical and surgical care, imaging services, outpatient surgery, home health and hospice, addiction recovery, and physical rehabilitation. Highline has more than 1,500 employees. Its medical staff includes more than 250 physicians with active and courtesy medical privileges.

Free health screenings available on April 27 at Tukwila Bartell's

Press release:
The SeaTac/Tukwila-based Global to Local initiative and Bartell Drugs are hosting a community health fair on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendees can receive free health screenings, information and resources from more than 20 local health organizations and companies.

Health screenings include glucose*, cholesterol*, blood pressure, body mass index, hearing and vision, and mammograms. Games for kids and healthy snacks will also be provided.

Join us for a program at noon featuring keynote speaker, U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, along with other officials, where we will celebrate this important initiative and discuss how Global to Local and Bartell Drugs are working together to build healthy communities. For more information, call (206) 370-1426 or visit

Global to Local was created by Swedish Health Services, HealthPoint Community Health Clinic, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and the Washington Global Health Alliance, in partnership with the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila.

*Fasting is recommended for glucose and cholesterol screening.

Date: April 27, 2013

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