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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…

Two vehicle wreck sends one into corner of Aberdeen business

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A truck crashed into the corner of Oceana Day Spa on Wishkah street in Aberdeen Friday. Police tell us a 74 year old Cosmopolis woman was charged with Failing to Yield the Right of Way after she crossed at Jefferson and struck the 1991 Chevrolet S-10, driven by a 65 year old Montesano man. Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk near the business, the woman was transported to Community Hospital for neck and back pains.

Police Captain John Green said at about 1:37 P.M. Friday Aberdeen Police Officers responded to the intersection of Wishkah and Jefferson street on the report of an injury accident at that location.

Responding officers found a white 1991 Chevrolet S-10 PU that had hit the front of the business in the Southwest corner of the intersection. A red 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan was on the East side of the same business. The driver of the van was complaining about back and neck pain. AFD arrived and treated the female driver and transported her to GH Community Hospital.

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.

lap dog causes traffic accident

Aberdeen man dies after motorcycle collides with SUV

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A motorcycle rider that died Sunday evening on second street has been identified as 43 year old Robert James Jenkins of Aberdeen.

Police Captain John Green tells us a Ford Explorer was turning into a driveway when the Harley Davidson apparently tried to pass him on the right and the two collided. The rider was taken to Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Explorer was not injured, speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Green said they were called to the scene at about 6:53 Sunday night. The initial investigation indicates a 54 year old Aberdeen man was driving his white 1994 Ford Explorer westbound on W. 2nd St. At the same time, a 43 year old Aberdeen man was riding his black 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle also westbound on W. 2nd St. 

As the vehicle began slowing to make a right turn into the driveway of his residence, the motorcyclist accelerated and began making a pass on the right. The vehicle driver was unaware of the passing motorcycle, and as he began the turn the two collided.

Harborcrest program at Grays Harbor Community Hospital dedicated to M.D. Bruce Worth

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The behavioral health program located at Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s East Campus was recently dedicated to R. Bruce Worth, M.D. after 30 years as Medical Director of the facility. The dedication took place on Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

Originally opened in February of 1983 as the CareUnit at St. Joseph Hospital, this Chemical Dependency program delivers a comprehensive system of treatment specifically designed to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the alcoholic or “chemically dependent” patient. “Chemically dependent” patients are defined as those with a condition in which the use of mood altering chemicals is associated with problems in any area of life, on a more or less continuing basis. The program currently offers group therapy sessions, one-on-one sessions with therapists, psychologists, and nursing staff as well as support programs for families and others affected by alcoholism.

Worth has overseen this unit as the Medical Director since its opening in 1983. His interest in assisting those struggling with addiction grew when he learned of his own sister’s announcement to their family that she was an alcoholic. What he once considered a temporary assignment turned into something more. He has remained Medical Director at HarborCrest through the present day.

GHCH: Health coverage is as close as the nearest phone or computer

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Community Hospital is joining the celebration of the opening of Washington Health Plan Finder. Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.

According to Washington Health Plan Finder, more people than ever before will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage. The new expansion will also give customers the opportunity to receive tax benefits and subsidies which will be different depending on each plan. More information is available at “Unfortunately too many people in our area are living without health insurance, which puts their health and their finances at serious risk,” said CEO Tom Jensen.
Depending on the individual or family’s income, they may be able to qualify for a free or low-cost health plan, or have their premiums drastically reduced by way of tax credit. 

Grays Harbor Community Hospital Welcomes New Gift Shop

ABERDEEN, Wash. - After nearly a year of being without a gift shop, due to the renovation of the Hospital’s lobby and gift shop space, Grays Harbor Community Hospital has announced the grand opening of the new improved gift shop. After looking at a variety of partnership options, Dave and Marcia Smith of Harbor Drug in Hoquiam were approached by the Hospital to bring their merchandising expertise to the Hospital’s gift shop. The new shop opened on Monday, August 26th with a great deal of praise and excitement from staff and visitors.

Smith gift shopThe shop carries similar items to what are available at Harbor Drug and provides visitors the opportunity to purchase gifts for their loved ones and friends who are in the hospital. Smith says the merchandise will be constantly changing, in order to keep shopping interesting. The shop carries gifts for babies and new parents, purses and jewelry, decorative items, slippers, snacks, greeting cards and more. They will also introduce holiday items as the season approaches.

The gift shop is located off the main lobby, close to the Hucklebearies Espresso Stand, and will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, and will be staffed by Harbor Drug staff as well as hospital volunteers.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital acquires state of the art CT scan technology

Aberdeen, Washington – Grays Harbor Community Hospital has worked with Toshiba International in upgrading its CT Scanning equipment with new cutting edge technology and software, making GHCH one of the first hospitals in Western Washington to have this advancement available to its patients.

“This improvement offers physicians the ability to have a clearer quality image to assess their patients,” explained John J Simon III, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “It’s like going from standard television to high-definition. It’s really an amazing tool.”

Toshiba’s 128 slice CT scanner will enhance imaging and increase examination speed, while reducing radiation exposure to the patient by half.

Simon concluded by stating “This is another example of the Hospital’s investment in technology, ensuring our patients have the best quality care, close to home.”

CT Scanner

Man apprehended after rolling Jeep, injuring passenger, on Moclips beach

MOCLIPS, Wash. – A Lake Tapps man remains in custody this morning on charges of Vehicular Assault and Hit and Run after allegedly leaving his passenger in an overturned Jeep on a beach about a mile south of Moclips Friday night.

The Washington State Patrol reports the 43 year old was apparently driving recklessly and doing donuts on the beach when he lost control of a 1979 Jeep CJ5 and flipped it on its side around 11:20 p.m. His passenger, a 43 year old Buckley man, was transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Drugs or alcohol are believed to have been involved, the accident reamins under investigation.

Westport rider killed in head-on collision on Westport highway

Updated with corrections to story
WESTPORT, Wash. – A man on a motorcycle with no lights on was killed on the Westport Highway last night. The Washington State Patrol has notified the family of 49 year old Kevin Crnich of Westport. He was struck when a car turned left in front of him on State Route 105 South of Twin Harbors State Park. A Northbound 1993 Mercury pinned the 1978 Yamaha on the southbound shoulder. A 35 year old McCleary woman who was a passenger on the bike was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The driver, an 81 year old Yelm woman was transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Both riders were wearing a helmet, the highway was closed for several hours last night while State Patrol investigated the incident, both a cause and any charges are under investigation.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital and MultiCare announce new partnership

ABERDEEN, Wash.– Grays Harbor Community Hospital and MultiCare Health System announced today they have finalized the formation of an affiliation network between the two health systems that will help improve services to Grays Harbor County and the surrounding region.

This affiliation network will bring together the resources of two strong health care providers who will work together to share clinical best practices and expand services in Grays Harbor County and the surrounding region.

“When we began our search for a potential affiliate, our Board was very specific about the qualities they were looking to bring to our community. These criteria included quality, patient-centered care, improving access to needed services and the ability and desire to share best practices – all from a community-based organization whose vision and mission would be in line with ours. MultiCare Health Systems was the clear choice for our board, physicians and executive leadership,” said Tom Jensen, CEO of Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “Their experience, expertise and commitment to community will certainly support our patients and medical community.”

Details of the relationship are still being worked out, and representatives from both health systems are working together to identify opportunities to collaborate.

The two health systems announced in May that they would partner to improve the health of the communities in Grays Harbor County. Grays Harbor Community Hospital will remain community owned and independent.

“We are honored to partner with Grays Harbor and look forward to helping to improve access to specialty care for area residents,” said Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System. “Our two systems have collaborated for years and we deeply appreciate their commitment to delivering high-quality, compassionate care.”

The two systems share a long history of serving their communities. MultiCare Health System, founded in 1882, operates five hospitals in Pierce and South King counties, including MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Grays Harbor Community Hospital, founded in 1890, operates two campuses; one providing acute care and the other a specialty medical center.


Grays Harbor Community Hospital above the cut on Consumer Reports surgical ratings

In the September issue of Consumer Reports Magazine, Grays Harbor Community Hospital received a top rating for surgery success and safety among regional hospitals. The report rated hospitals across the country using a five point scale ranging from better (5) to worse (1). Grays Harbor Community Hospital received a rating of 4, putting it in the top third of ranked hospitals in Washington State.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital rated above other regional hospitals, including Capital Medical Center and Providence St. Peter Hospital, both located in Olympia as well as UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill, located in Seattle.  “What this recognition from Consumer Reports means for communities like Grays Harbor is that you don’t have to go to Olympia or Seattle to receive the best quality care,” says Pete Scroggs Grays Harbor Community Hospital Board President.

The report is based on a Ratings method that examined the results of 27 different kinds of scheduled surgeries, giving each hospital an overall surgery rating. The analysis looked heavily toward the correlation with complications and recovery of patients after surgery, using data collected through medical claims and clinical records.

Aberdeen mayor recovering, hoping to come home today

ABERDEEN, Wash. -  Mayor Bill Simpson spent the last two nights at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, but says he’s feeling much better now. Aberdeen’s first lady Colleen Simpson tells us early symptoms caught what might have been an inflammation of Sweet’s syndrome in time. Simpson said he’s feeling fine, and should be home today.
Simpson was hospitalized for 12 days in 2011 when the rare skin condition, also known as acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis caused lesions on his legs.