Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In addition, Sterling spoke to Jan Sprake, the Executive Director of the Medic One Foundation, about the importance of the public donating to keep this world-class paramedic training program alive. The paramedics in the Puget Sound area are among the best in the nation and have contributed to King County having one of the highest sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in the U.S. Listen to the second radio spot below.
Monday, December 20, 2010
“We are extremely proud of G.R.O.W., the grassroots program we have built in Washington state, and it is a great honor to received this national award,” said Erin McCallum, president of Enterprise Washington. “We look forward to continuing to improve the G.R.O.W. program, extending its reach and helping to elect even more business-friendly Democrat and Republican legislators in our state.”
Enterprise Washington’s G.R.O.W. program (Growing Roots for Our Workforce) communicated with more than 350,000 individuals in Washington state during 2009-10. The program, part of BIPAC’s national Prosperity Project network, focuses on the direct impact that public policy and politics have on jobs and economic growth. It allows individuals to make a difference in their own prosperity by becoming more informed about those issues and taking actions that are in their own best interest.
The information shared via the G.R.O.W. program can be found at www.growwa.com.
"The programs and activities undertaken by Enterprise Washington have a very positive impact on the economy and job creation in Washington state," said Gregory Casey, President and CEO of BIPAC. "The national business community understands the hard work and thoughtful leadership that makes such efforts possible, and we are pleased to recognize these examples from one of the very best and most effective grassroots and issue education initiatives in the country."
While voter interest remains steady, understanding of economic issues still lags. Enterprise Washington’s G.R.O.W. program and the Prosperity Project as a whole are designed to help bridge that gap effectively and provide individuals with useful information when making important decisions. Rather than telling people how to vote, it arms them with valid data to help them reach informed opinions of their own.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Overlake Hospital Medical Center is the first hospital in King County to use a blood vending machine called a HemoSafe that stores up to 150 units of blood which can then be used for patients. The new technology significantly cuts down the time it takes to get blood for life-saving transfusions. According to the blood bank coordinator, Andrea Nordmark, the machine shaves off 30 minutes to an hour in the time it usually takes to transport blood. In addition, the machine reduces mistakes in the handling of blood.
The Seattle Times, Associated Press, KIRO-7 News, MyNorthwest.com, KING-5 News and Northwest Cable News all published either a picture or a video of Nordmark demonstrating how to use the HemoSafe.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Take Back Your Meds campaign is in full swing and gaining some attention for the issues at hand.
The Tacoma News Tribune published this article which notes that the Health Department and local law enforcement agencies are putting steel drop boxes at police stations in Pierce County so people can anonymously drop off their unused meds. This is just a short-term solution to try and curb the accidents and deaths related to leftover medications.
This photo from the Tacoma News Tribune, shows one of the safe drug drop boxes found in Pierce County.
The Peninsula Daily News also published an article about the dangers of leftover prescription drugs, citing the death of a young Port Angeles girl who died when she overdosed on methadone. A local pharmacy in Port Angeles has been running a safe take-back program for over a year and half and has collected over two tons of prescription meds and containers.
For more information about the Take Back Your Meds campaign, go to their website at www.takebackyourmeds.org.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Overlake Hospital in Bellevue is the first medical care center in the Puget Sound area to implement the Care Transitions Intervention program. The program is designed to reduce patient readmission. The program is nationally recognized and was developed by 2003 by Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Care Transitions is a 30-day program conducted by a registered nurse, initially just for patients over 65 who have suffered from heart failure. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid encourages the implementation of such programs to improve care quality, reduce preventable readmissions within 30 days of discharge and reduce overall healthcare costs for Medicare patients.
Click on the links below to see what the Bellevue Reporter and the KOMO News Bellevue Community Blog published about the program and Overlake Hospital.
KOMO News Bellevue Community Blog
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
KING 5's Evening Magazine and host Meeghan Black filmed at the Museum of Flight today for an upcoming show. The Museum of Flight is one of around 20 institutions from all over the country vying for one of three retiring U.S. Space Shuttles. The retired shuttle will be housed at the Museum's new Space Gallery, which is still under construction.
Now, because of the down economy and fewer funds coming in, they need the public's help in order to continue to enable our paramedics to save the lives of people all over the region. Without the extra support of the Foundation, our paramedics wouldn't receive the unparalleled training they do, which includes 2,500 hours of training (more than twice the national average). The Seattle area boasts one of the nation's highest resuscitation rates for sudden cardiac arrest, at 46 percent.
KOMO 4 News put together a feature segment on the Medic One Foundation's "money crisis" which aired four times on November 4th and 5th. Jan Sprake, Medic One Foundation's Executive Director, was interviewed, as well as Sue Nixon, who had her life saved by Medic One Foundation paramedics after her heart stopped while she was driving. Supporting this cause is easy for the public to do, with the Medic One Foundation's new "text to give" program. Text "MEDIC" to 20222 to donate $10, or log onto www.mediconefoundation.org and help save lives!
KOMO News Radio also ran a segment discussing all the Foundation does to enable local paramedics to better serve our communities. Ken Schram interviewed Jan Sprake about the nonprofit Medic One Foundation and the importance of continuing to donate to "keep the beat alive."
Q13 FOX showed their support for the Medic One Foundation with a nearly seven minute in-studio feature, aired the morning of Wednesday, November 10. Jan Sprake, paramedics Brian and Marcy from the Seattle Fire Department and Sue Nixon.
Monday, October 25, 2010
“Overlake’s Eastside Vitality fairs are now an annual tradition and we can’t think of a better way to give back to the community than to provide important health screenings and help people learn more about improving their health,” said Craig Hendrickson, Overlake’s president and CEO.
The free event featured activities for kids and adults. A variety of health screenings were offered to attendees, including bone density screenings, cholesterol and diabetes tests, blood pressure checks, stroke screenings and skin cancer checks.
Overlake staff also demonstrated the da Vinci robotic-assisted Surgical System.
Overlake's 50 year history was on display at the Vitality Fair. Attendees could also check out information booths and talk with Overlake physicians and medical experts about all sorts of medical topics. Four health seminars were offered as well, including discussions on cancer prevention and treatment, dining room options from the past 50 years at Overlake, heart health and sports medicine, featuring players from the University of Washington's football teams of the 1960s.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Kathy Cziprian Soule' was born on October 16, 1960 at Overlake, a few hours before the hospital formally opened its doors to the public. Kathy, the doctor who delivered her, Dr. Stewart Hilscher, and Delores Barker, the nurse who admitted her, were in attendance at the staff appreciation event and 50th birthday party at Overlake last week. Bellevue Mayor Don Davidson also spoke at the event, discussing the impact and importance Overlake has had on the Eastside community for the past 50 years.
Below are pictures from the event, as well as a clip from Kathy's interview on Evening Magazine's Friday night show, which was filmed entirely at Overlake Hospital.
Kathy, the first baby born at Overlake, and Dr. Hilscher, the doctor who delivered her.
Rose Cziprian cuddles her newborn baby, born on October 16, the first day Overlake Hospital opened its doors to the public.
Kathy and Overlake Hospital President and CEO Craig Hendrickson at the Overlake 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Overlake Hospital and Kathy on Evening Magazine on KING 5
"Being recognized on this list is quite an accomplishment for our entire team here at Cashmere," said Greg Herlin, president and CEO of Cashmere Molding. "It is our unwavering commitment to providing competitive prices while maintaining our unmatched level of customer service that has enabled us to grow our business and create more manufacturing jobs here in Washington even during this struggling economy."
Cashmere Molding has seen an increase in sales by an average of 40 percent each year for the past five years. Even during the down economy last year, Cashmere was still able to increase sales by 31 percent. Cashmere has also been able to increase their number of molding machines, as well as hire seven new employees, all within the past year.
The Puget Sound Business Journal compiled a list of the top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the state. The list, released last week, identifies and recognizes companies that have shot to the top of their respective industries. To be eligible for the list, companies must be privately held and headquartered in Washington; have at least $500,000 in net revenue in 2007; show an overall growth from 2007 to 2009; and agree to have their CPA confirm their net operating revenues with the Puget Sound Business Journal.
You can view the entire special publication here.
To read PSBJ's feature on Cashmere in the special publication, click here.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Overlake Hospital Medical Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month by throwing a birthday party for the first baby born at the hospital. Katherine Mary Cziprian was born on October 16, 1960 at Overlake, a few hours before the hospital was scheduled to open. Rose Cziprian and her unborn baby weren't able to make it across the bridge to Seattle, but luckily Overlake welcomed them and delivered baby Kathy. Kathy, who will celebrate her 50th birthday, flew in for the celebration which will take place Friday, October 15 at Overlake Hospital.
Craig Hendrickson, Overlake Hospital President & CEO, Meeghan Black, and Caitlin Hillary, Overlake Hospital Vice President of Strategy & Marketing
Meeghan Black films Friday's Evening Magazine at Overlake Hospital's main campus in Bellevue.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Marlee Ginter reported on the news conference, flag raising and the status of the Museum of Flight's quest to be awarded a NASA retiring Space Shuttle.
Parts of the speeches from Ron Sevart, Space Needle CEO, Tom Norwalk, Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau, John Cooper, Yakima Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, retired astronaut and Wings Over Washington CEO were all used in the report promoting the benefits a Space Shuttle would have state-wide on tourism, the economy and education.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Museum of Flight and Convention and Visitors Bureaus from around the state joined together Wednesday to raise a flag on the roof of the Space Needle in Seattle in support of bringing a retiring US Space Shuttle to Washington state. In a news conference prior to the flag raising representatives from the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Seattle, Seattle Southside, Bellingham, Kitsap Peninsula, Spokane Valley, Tacoma and Yakima Valley offered their support as to why a shuttle would boost education, tourism and the economy in the state.
Retired astronaut and Wings Over Washington Executive Director Dr. Bonnie Dunbar raises the flag to the top of the Space Needle alongside Museum of Flight CEO Mike Hallman.
Television cameras from KCPQ, KING, KOMO and KIRO all attended the event. Photographers from the Seattle P.I. and the Associate Press captured the day.
Monday, September 27, 2010
McCallum made a stop at the Bellingham Herald and was a guest on The Joe Show on 790 KGMI-AM. McCallum encouraged voters to do their research about each candidate and learn their position on important issues.
McCallum emphasized candidates who demonstrate fiscal accountability and are willing to focus on the private sector in order to get our state's economy back on track.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Seattle's Medic One is known for its survival rates of victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Much of this success can be attributed to Dr. Cobb's innovative idea to teach all citizens how to administer CPR when a paramedic or doctor is not around. Today, more than 800,000 Seattle residents have been trained in CPR.
In the bottom photo, Dr. Cobb greets Sue Nixon.
Paramedic Class # 36 is: Troy Blonski, King County Medic One; Tammy Ridgway, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue; Paul Ahrens, King County Medic One; Jon Woll, Seattle Fire Department; Greger Tuttle, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue; Laura Hickey, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue; Corey Mouer, Seattle Fire Department; Scott Skelton, Lynnwood Fire Department; Joel Musgrave, Stanwood/Camano Island Fire District #1; Gabe Webster, King County Medic One; Mike Catlin, King County Medic One; Joel Ihrie, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue; Brian Wallace, Seattle Fire Department.
A few local papers have recognized their newly certified paramedics.
The Stanwood/Camano News recognized Joel Musgrave of the Stanwood/Camano Island Fire District #1 in a story on September 7.
The Port Townsend Leader will feature East Jefferson Fire & Rescue's Tammy Ridgway and Gregger Tuttle in a story next week.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Dr. Bonnie Dunbar spoke with Kris Crocker of KXLY 4 News in Spokane about the possibility of Seattle being awarded a retiring NASA space shuttle. The Museum of Flight has been gathering support from across the state to help bring the shuttle to Seattle, which would be a great educational tool, as well as a boost to the economy state-wide.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, retired astronaut and the Museum of Flight's CEO, was interviewed by Kristen Kirby on KREM 2 News at noon on August 26. Dr. Dunbar discussed the museum's current mission to bring a space shuttle to Seattle. A retired NASA shuttle could come to Seattle as soon as 2011 and would be a valuable educational tool, as well as increase tourism to the northwest.
While no decision date for NASA's selection has been announced, the Museum is hopeful their qualifications will earn them a shuttle, something which would be beneficial for all of Washington state.
To support the effort, visit the Museum of Flight's website.
Read the full article here.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
A recent study co-funded by Seattle's Medic One Foundation found that chest-compression CPR is equally as effective as traditional mouth-to-mouth CPR in sudden cardiac arrest cases. The evidence, published July 29 in the New England Journal of medicine, supports a CPR strategy performed by bystanders of a cardiac arrest victim that focuses on chest-compressions and lessens the need for rescue breathing.
Seattle's Medic One is a national leader in providing effective care to cardiac arest victims prior to hospital treatment. King County has one of the highest survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest at 46 percent, compared to between 2 and 25 percent nationally in large part due to the Medic One Foundation which provides Medic One with additional funding, equipment and training for their paramedics, making them significantly more prepared than their counterparts nationally.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The museum broke ground on a new Space Gallery earlier this month which would house one of the three retiring space shuttles. One shuttle, Discovery, is already promised to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Seattle and the Museum of Flight have already met NASA's requirements on paper, but the decision won't be announced until later this year.
To be eligible for a shuttle, the museum must have a climate-controlled structure in place by July 2011, be close to a major metropolitan area, have a runway long enough to land the Boeing 747 carrying the shuttle and have a committment to educate our youth about space travel. To get involved and pledge your support or to donate go to the Museum of Flight's website and sign the petition to bring the shuttle to Seattle!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
With the weather warming up more people are participating in outdoor summer sports and activities. This often means an increase in injuries and ER visits. Dr. Steven Hughes of Overlake Hospital spoke with Q 13 Fox about some of the ways to prevent and treat summertime injuries. Dr. Hughes has a long history with family practice and sports medicine experience. He has been working in Bellevue for more than two decades and continually brings his expertise and advice to high school games, local triathlons and martial arts competitions.