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Alaska clinic promotes new health care model

| Aug 27, 2021 | Alaska

Changes are on the way for health care in Alaska. Envoy Integrated Health, a new clinically integrated network (CIN), has been formed by a group of Alaska physicians. The goal behind this coordinated effort is to better connect physicians with the patients they serve and to continue offering the type...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Chief nursing officers discuss challenges facing rural hospitals during COVID-19

| Aug 26, 2021 | Washington

Terra Palomarez is the chief nursing officer at Astria Toppenish Hospital, a rural medical center located in Toppenish, WA. Amber Hunsaker is the chief nursing officer at Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Astria’s second rural hospital located in Sunnyside, WA. In this Q&A, both Palomarez and Hunsaker update State of Reform on...[ Read More ]

Arizona leads US in unvaccinated nursing home residents

| Aug 24, 2021 | Arizona

According to data from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on nursing home resident vaccinations, as of August 16, Arizona has the lowest percentage of fully-vaccinated nursing home residents in the country at 72%.     Data from the AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard showed that Arizona is among the top...[ Read More ]

Arizona health officials praise FDA’s Pfizer approval, encourage Arizonians to get vaccinated

| Aug 23, 2021 | Arizona

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) said the vaccine will be under the brand name Comirnaty and is available for anyone 16 and older. Individuals in the 12 to 15...[ Read More ]

Discharge concerns cause shortage in ICU beds

| Aug 19, 2021 | Washington

Hospitals throughout Washington State are seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 patients as the Delta variant continues to spread. With this increase comes an increase in ICU bed shortages.      Data from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows that COVID-19 patients make up 25.6% of ICU beds...[ Read More ]

Vaccine efficacy rates vary among the immunocompromised

| Aug 18, 2021 | Washington

Over the weekend, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommended that immunocompromised patients receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the department, health care providers across the state will start offering either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine to certain individuals following a review from the...[ Read More ]

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