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UI researchers form Ebola working group

UI researchers form Ebola working group

In response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Africa, researchers at the University of Idaho have formed the Ebola Working Group to create tools to help track and treat the disease – and potentially other viruses.

The group, a subset of the university’s newly formed Collaboratorium for Modeling Complex Problems, is tackling two projects designed to better understand Ebola and how it spreads.

The first uses computer models to determine the implications of ongoing and possible future evolution in Ebola. In December, the National Science Foundation awarded associate physics professor Marty Ytreberg and his team of biology and physics faculty and students a $72,000, one-year grant for the project through its Rapid Response Research program.

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center announced good news on Thursday regarding the levels of O-negative and O-positive blood. The only supplier of blood for area hospitals reported that the supply of these types of blood has reached safe levels.  INBC said that thanks to the donors who have rolled up their sleeve to give blood, they have seen nearly 500 type O donors since Monday. This is a huge response that has brought the blood supply up a remarkable 90% in the last few days.

INBC reminded donors the need for blood does not go on vacation. They urge donors who have made an appointment to keep them in order to ensure blood supply remains at needed levels. INBC needs 200 donors every day, with nearly 90 of those being type O.

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is calling all eligible O-Negative and O-Positive blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood as soon as possible.

INBC says blood supply has reached critical levels for O blood types, with only 10% of needed blood supply on the shelf. In order to reach a safe blood supply, over 500 blood donors are urgently needed this week.

O-Negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone in an emergency situations where there is not enough time to match a patient’s blood type. O-Positive is the most common blood type and so is crucial to have a safe supply on hospital shelves. INBC is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals and needs an average of 200 blood donors every day.

In response to the critical levels, INBC is opening its Spokane Center on Thursday, January 1st from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are needed at this time. Donation centers can be found in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and the Valley Hospital. For more information, visit www.inbcsaves.org.

Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital will sponsor the newly named and revised Human and Animal Health track at the Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp, to be held June 14-18 in Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho.

Hospital CEO Scott Adams hopes the sponsorship will benefit both the hospital and community.

“One of our areas of focus is innovation,” Adams said. “We want to play a leadership role in defining what innovation in healthcare looks like and feels like in our region.”

PRH will moderate a full session at the Bootcamp and will have a speaker during the Business Showcase Luncheon.

The hospital sponsored employee Ed Robertson at the 2014 Bootcamp, and was pleased with the results, Adams said.

“There’s not an institution more in need of innovation right now than healthcare,” Robertson said. “That’s a core value of Pullman Regional Hospital. It’s absolutely great to work for an organization that values innovation, and it could be a model for other organizations to grow employees and nurture an innovative thought process.”

Pullman Regional Hospital's website receives national recognition

Pullman Regional Hospital's website receives national recognition

Pullman Regional Hospital’s website has been recognized nationally by Strategic Healthcare Communications with an eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Overall Internet Site in 2014. More than 1,000 entries were received from small and large hospitals throughout the nation. Pullman Regional’s Web site was judged in the category of Hospitals with 200 beds or less and received the award of “Distinction.”

The awards program recognizes the very best web site and digital communications efforts of a wide range of health care organizations. Websites were judged based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compared with others in their organizations classification. This year 114 individuals familiar with health care and the Internet evaluated the entries. Awards were presented in November at a special presentation in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital was recently awarded a Top Performer Award accompanied by a $5000 check by the Washington Hospitals Workers’ Compensation Trust, a subsidiary program of the Washington State Hospital Association.

The Top Performer Award recognizes members who go “above and beyond” compliance and follow best practices in Workers’ Compensation. Pullman Regional Hospital also won this award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Award criteria are focused on employee safety and include participating in programs that reduce employee and patient injuries and in ongoing educational and safety program activities.

Laura Barrett, director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance, said “Applying for and receiving the Top Performer award lets our community know that Pullman Regional Hospital is dedicated to both employee safety and patient safety by providing and ensuring an environment where our patients can receive first-rate medical care.”

HydroWorx Therapy Pool now available at Pullman Regional Hospital’s Summit Therapy & Health Services

HydroWorx Therapy Pool now available at Pullman Regional Hospital’s Summit Therapy & Health Services

A new state-of-the-art HydroWorx therapy pool with underwater treadmill is now available at Summit Therapy & Health Services for patients with a doctor’s referral. The pool, which was installed in November, replaces Summit’s aging therapy pool. Thanks to generous donations made by staff and community to Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign, patients are now receiving rehabilitation benefits from this pool with enhanced features, such as adjustable water levels, variable speed treadmill, and improved safety features including stairs with railings to enter and exit the pool for patients with mobility issues.