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Financial relief soon to come for small rural hospitals

Olympia — An important step was taken in Olympia on Monday to ensure small rural hospitals are able to serve their communities for generations to come, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond.

Senate Bill 5859 creates a classification for certain rural hospitals in order to align state Medicaid reimbursement rates with Federal Medicare compensation rates, providing these hospitals much-needed financial relief from the hardship caused by the Great Recession.

Rural hospitals have been especially hit hard by the recession, and more and more patients who visit them rely on Medicaid and Medicare to cover their costs. The reimbursements received by these hospitals are often less than the cost for services provided.

“The primary role of the Legislature is to provide protection for our community, elderly and our most needy citizens,” said Hatfield. “Without these community hospitals, our most vulnerable citizens would have nowhere to go.”

Hargrove and Hatfield are intensely familiar with this issue; both Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Olympia Medical Center in Port Angeles are located near or within the borders of their districts. Grays Harbor Community Hospital receives 72 percent of its general revenue from Medicaid or other government programs. In order for Grays Harbor Community Hospital to qualify for matching Medicaid funds it would need to become a public hospital.

Hargrove noted that in response to the growing costs, many small rural hospitals have been forced to make difficult cuts, adding that doctors and nurses are already stretched thin, many of them performing duties outside of the scope of their job duties.

“By moving this legislation forward, we not only ensure our citizens will have access to a quality hospital, we also retain jobs,” Hargrove said. “There are nearly 650 people working at Grays Harbor Hospital. These are good, middle-class wage jobs; we need to protect these people and keep them working.”

Driver slides under tractor-trailer near Central Park, closes State Route 12 Monday

Central Park 12 accident

A Montesano woman was transported to Community Hospital yesterday with non-life-threatening injuries after she apparently lost control of her 1992 Maxda MX3 and slid under a semi-trailer in the right lane of eastbound State Route 12.
Trooper Russ Winger with the Washington State Patrol said the semi was slowing for an accident ahead. State Route 12 traffic was blocked for more than an hour in Central Park as they investigated. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Investigators listed speeding as a factor, and said charges will be filed against 62 year old Viona McCleod.

Central Park 12 accident

UPDATE: Aberdeen man found shot could be involved in Elma investigation

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UPDATE: Police say they now believe a man found on Simpson Avenue with a gunshot wound last weekend was involved in an Elma shooting, and was not shot in Aberdeen. The 29 year old told police last weekend that he was walking on Simpson Avenue when he heard a pop sound and found that he was shot. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating a shooting incident in Elma earlier that day.

Police are investigating after a man was apparently shot while walking on Simpson avenue Saturday morning. Det. Weiss tells us they were called just before 6 Saturday morning. A 29 year old Aberdeen man said that while he was walking in the 2000 block of Simpson, near the 7-11, he heard a “pop” sound and realized that he had been shot. The man did not report seeing anyone in the area, he was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Weiss at the Aberdeen Police Department (360) 533-3180 or the Tip-Line at (360) 538-4450.

Aberdeen police seek shooting suspect

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Aberdeen police are searching for a shooting suspect after finding his victim at the local hospital. Police Captain John Green tells us just before 9 P.M. Friday, they were called to the area of 2nd. and C St. on a report of shots being fired. Officers were told that residents in the area heard gun shots. They then saw numerous subjects flee the area on foot and in cars. Evidence of a gun being fired was located in the area.

On 1/31/14 at about 9:35 P.M. Aberdeen Officers received information that a 19 year old male had arrived at Grays Harbor Community Hospital with a apparent gun shot wound to his leg.

Aberdeen Officers were told by the victim that he was walking in the 800 block of E. 2nd with two other persons. He said that the suspect came out of a house and words were exchanged. The victim told the Investigating Police Officers that the suspect displayed a firearm and that he was then shot in the leg.

The suspect and victim fled the location with the victim eventually arriving at the hospital.

The suspect was identified but has not been located at this time. The investigation is continuing.

Taholah man dies in rollover wreck on State Route 109

A 38 year old Taholah man died early Saturday morning when his truck rolled off of State Route 109 in Moclips. The Washington State Patrol cites driving under the influence as the cause. Trevis Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, his passenger, a 47 year old Taholah man was transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. Jones and his passenger were headed North on 109 when his 2012 Dodge truck left the road just after 2 Saturday morning, coming to rest on it’s top. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the accident and investigation blocked traffic for about 2 hours.

Humtulips man injured after his car slides into SR101 ditch

HOQUIAM, Wash. – An 18 year old Humptulips man was transported to Community Hospital yesterday afternoon, after his car slid sideways into the ditch. The Washington State Patrol reports the 1995 Acura was Southbound on State Route 101 about 7 miles North of Hoquiam when the car lost control around 4:20. The accident is under investigation, and charges could be pending.

Two vehicle wreck sends one into corner of Aberdeen business

Investigating officers determined that the 1991 red Dodge was heading Southbound on Jefferson. The driver stopped at the stop sign at Wishkah St. The driver of the Dodge van then proceeded to cross Wishkah when she struck the 1991 Chevrolet S-10 PU which was heading Westbound on Wishkah at Jefferson.

The collision caused the Chevrolet PU to run into the front of the business and the Dodge Van to spin around and end up on the East side of the same business.

Traffic was not disrupted and the intersection was cleared within 50 minutes

The driver of the Dodge van is a 74 year old female from Cosmopolis and the driver of the Chevrolet truck is a 65 year old man from Montesano.

The female driver was cited at GH Community Hospital for Failing to Yield the Right of Way.

Investigators return after tip that elderly man may have been assaulted

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police returned to investigate a “man down” call after getting a tip that an elderly man may have been assaulted before he was found by paramedics at the base of stairs to an apartment complex in Aberdeen yesterday.
Police Captain John Green tells us they were called to the building in the 200 block of East Wishkah around 12:30 Tuesday. Aberdeen Detectives interviewed possible witnesses and processed the scene, Green said nothing so far leads police to believe that foul play was involved.

The man was treated by Paramedics, and transported to Community Hospital earlier that morning, Green said it was their understanding that he was seriously injured and may be transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The investigation is continuing.

Lap dog distraction causes traffic accident in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A 21-year old Hoquiam woman attempted to move the family dog from her lap while driving and swerved into a parked car Friday morning. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us it happened in the 2700 block of Sumner Avenue, a woman was apparently distracted when she swerved to the right and struck the rear of a parked minivan suffering facial injuries.

An infant in a car seat was not injured, the woman was transported to Community Hospital, the dog ran from the vehicle after the impact, but was quickly recovered.

Neither vehicle was operable. The striking vehicle had to be towed from the scene as it was blocking traffic.

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Aberdeen man dies after motorcycle collides with SUV

The motorcycle continued westbound from the point of impact, striking a neighbors fence and coming to rest just off the sidewalk. The motorcyclist separated from the bike, striking the fence. The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries, and he was transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital by AFD were he was deceased. The vehicle driver was not injured in the collision, and he is cooperating with the police investigation.

Multiple witnesses and preliminary scene investigation indicate that speed and alcohol (related to the motorcycle) were possibly contributing factors to this collision. Toxicology testing are still pending.

Investigators from the APD Collision Investigation Team conducted the investigation, assisted by Sgt. Joe Strong of the Hoquiam Police Department. The roadway remained closed until nearly 1:00 AM for this investigation.