Healthcare

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. for a 36,000-square-foot building that will house medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services as well as leased space for community mental health offices.

HealthPoint Midway will open in 2013 and is expected to serve 14,000 new patients, according to a company press release.

The building is located at 26401 Pacific Hwy. S.

06/28/2012

Press release:

The YMCA of Greater Seattle received a $65,000 grant Monday, June 25 from the Community Transformation Grants Program (CTGs) to lead efforts in South King County to ensure more healthy opportunities are available to all residents, with a specific focus on increased access to African Americans and Hispanics.

The grants are part of the Community Transformation Grants program (CTGs) – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and lower health care costs.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs and one of seven national organizations to receive funding through CTGs, is re-granting the funds to 10 local Ys to deepen their efforts to implement programs and strategies that support the health and well-being of individuals in their communities.

06/25/2012

Press Release:

A defining moment. An ambitious team. Seattle Children’s Home (SCH) and Navos announced June 19 that they will merge their two non- profit organizations, and effective July 1, Seattle Children’s Home will officially become part of Navos.

The combination represents a breakthrough for young people affected by mild, moderate and severe mental illness.

Since 2009 SCH and Navos have partnered to deliver inpatient and outpatient programs for the most troubled children and youth, from infancy through young adulthood, in our community.

In 2011 Navos began providing limited administrative support services for SCH. At the beginning of 2012, SCH became a member of the Navos Consortium, joining 20 peer organizations, who collaborate to provide mental health services to over 40% of the children and youth receiving treatment in King County.

06/20/2012

Press release:

Highline Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Car Pros Burien Nissan. With every new car purchase made Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 25 through Monday, May 28, Car Pros Burien Nissan will donate $200 to Highline Medical Center Foundation benefiting Highline Medical Center and the health of this community.

Individuals who mention Highline Medical Center will qualify for fleet pricing, which is not available to the general public. This pricing is generally thousands off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price depending on the vehicle. Fleet pricing will allow a stream-lined, reduced price, direct buying experience for those who are eligible and participate.

Highline Medical Center Foundation and Car Pros Nissan set a goal to reach $50,000 by August of 2012. Car Pros Nissan has a huge inventory of new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles to choose from.

05/16/2012
Free clinic on Saturday, May 12

Press release:

Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others—including babies—during the ongoing whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic, so Public Health – Seattle & King County and Group Health Cooperative are partnering to provide free whooping cough booster shots for adults.

Adults without health insurance and those who cannot afford to pay can get a free booster on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Group Health Burien Medical Center.

Young infants are at highest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death from whooping cough. In older children and adults, the severity of whooping cough can range from a serious illness to less severe cold-like symptoms.

However, the greater danger is that adults can spread the infection to infants, pregnant women and others who have no protection.

Health officials urge all adults, especially those who have contact with infants, children and pregnant women, to make sure they have had their whooping cough vaccination.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: The clinic is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until there is no more vaccine available

05/07/2012

Press release:

A medical van now visits Transform Burien’s program on two Wednesdays a month - the first and third.

The medical program offers:

* Screening for diabetes and high blood pressure
* Connections to other services such as 1) dental, 2) food, 3) shelter or housing, 4) domestic violence
* Help with DSHS and other benefit applications
* Mental health care
* Establishing a regular medical provider

Those qualifying for help:

* staying on the street,
* staying in a camp,
* staying in a vehicle,
* "doubled up" with family or friends (couch surfing)
* staying in transitional housing,
* living in a motel short term,
* staying at a detox or treatment center.

If the one or more of the requirements above are not met, the staff of the Mobile Medical Van can direct the individual to the appropriate agency.

TRANSFORM is located at 425 SW 144th street in Burien (which is in the old community center by the skate park)

Our hours are:

Sundays
3-5 pm
Hot meal, clothing and a food bank are available

Wednesday
12 noon- 2pm

04/12/2012

Press release

State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-11) has introduced a measure (HB 2832) to extend access to quality health care services for all Washingtonians.

He said the idea for this legislation came out of a small business roundtable he held before session began. Small business owners expressed their growing concern over the impacts of health care costs and rising premiums, saying the costs of providing health insurance to their employees have significantly increased, and were their number one concern. They identified this issue as a top priority for the 2012 session.

This year the Legislature passed the Healthcare Exchange bill (HB 2319), a measure that will help lower costs of coverage. “But we also need to look at ways to contain costs on the service provider side,” said Hasegawa.

“More than six hundred thousand Washingtonians don’t have health care coverage either because individual plans are unavailable in their area or because they simply can’t afford them,” Hasegawa explained. “What we need is something like ‘VA for All.’ Why not create a system where we could have some access to controlling costs, as well as providing coverage for everybody?”

04/11/2012
Discount card offers average savings to residents of 23 percent

Press release:

April 7th launches a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Through the program -- sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) -- the city is making free prescription discount cards available to city residents. The discount cards offer city residents an average of 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.

Burien has a similar program for its residents.

The NLC Prescription Discount Card can be used by all residents of Des Moines and has no restrictions based on a resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used at approximately four pharmacies in the city, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

03/23/2012

SeaTac lawmakers ended up March 10 endorsing ‘healthy living” policies such as encouraging neighborhood grocery stores to stock more fresh fruit and produce but the vote was close.

The City Council voted 4-3 to endorse the “Corner Store” policies and regulations. Mayor Tony Anderson, Deputy Mayor Mia Gregerson, Councilman Barry Ladenburg and Councilman Dave Bush voted in favor of the endorsement. Council members Terry Anderson, Rick Forschler and Pam Fernald voted against.

The policies are part of a healthily living grant from Public Health-Seattle, King County. Besides working with local stores, the policies would encourage such activities as mobile farmers markets and community gardens on public land. The policies could be incorporated into SeaTac comprehensive plan at a later date.

Fernald said she didn’t believe the city should become involved in what products are sold in the city. She said she opposes “bribing” stores to stock foods they would not normally carry. That could lead to stores throwing away lots of food they can’t sell, she added.

03/15/2012

Press release:

Highline Medical Center will close the 17 bed Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) located at the Specialty Campus in Tukwila in April 2012.<