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

Born Robert “Bruce” Worth in 1949, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and later Portland, Oregon. He remained in the state to study pre-med at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then attended medical school at the University of Oregon in Portland. He became an intern at the University of California, Los Angeles where he met his wife Bette. The two moved to Grays Harbor in 1980. He took over a family practice in Aberdeen at that time and was soon assigned Medical Director of HarborCrest, CareUnit at that time. In 2008, Worth was awarded Physician of the Year and he continues to serve the community through his family practice and HarborCrest.

The R. Bruce Worth, M.D. Chemical Dependency Treatment Center at HarborCrest has a team of professionals dedicated to assisting with life changes that support long-term sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle. The program and its team have been nationally recognized as an excellent treatment option for those seeking help for their chemical dependencies. In 2012, Professional Research Consultants (PRC) awarded HarborCrest Behavioral Health with the honor of “Top Performer” for Overall Quality of Care of an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. This means that amongst other inpatient behavioral health units around the country, HarborCrest ranked the highest in customer satisfaction.

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About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a community of over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.  Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital.  Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center.  GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics.  Learn more at www.ghchwa.org or www.twitter.com/ghcares.

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

For example:
• A family of 4 making less than $32,500 can qualify for free health coverage through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid);
• A family of 4 making up to $40,000 can qualify for an estimated $985 in tax credits per month; and
• A family of 4 making up to $90,000 can qualify for an estimated $436 in tax credits per month.
• Subsidies are available for a family of four making up to $94,200 a year.
http://www.wahbexchange.org/info-you/individuals-and-families/
Supporting Medicaid expansion and enrollment have both been high priority issues for hospitals. Providing health care—especially emergency health care—to uninsured patients usually results in a significant burden on the family, and can be costly for the hospital as well. The cost of care for the uninsured gets shifted to other paying patients. If more people have health coverage that covers the cost of health care services, and provides them with access to preventative care, the entire community is better off.

Additional Resources to compare plans and sign up for health coverage
Online: www.wahealthplanfinder.org 
Phone: Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center: 
1-855-WAFINDER or 1-855-923-4633
Email: [email protected] 
To find in-person assisters and brokers: www.wahealthplanfinder.org 
For more information about what Washington state hospitals have been doing to support Medicaid expansion and the Exchange’s outreach and enrollment activities, visit http://www.wsha.org/coverageishere.cfm


About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a community of over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital. Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center. GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics. Learn more at www.ghchwa.org or www.twitter.com/ghcares.

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.

Multicare

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

“Our surgery ratings give patients more information so that they can make informed choices before surgery” says John Santa, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of Consumer Reports Health. The study found that rural hospitals often outperform other hospitals, on average. This Rating is a positive step toward transparency among health care services and shows the success rate of Grays Harbor Community Hospital Surgeries to be among the best.

“It’s wonderful to be nationally recognized for the hard work and quality care that we consistently do at Grays Harbor Community Hospital” Dr. Nicholas Hallak, Chairman of the GHCH Surgical Department. “It’s good for people to know that community hospitals are achieving results that are comparable or even better than the larger hospitals.”

“This recognition should also be shared with the entire staff of Grays Harbor Community Hospital; the surgeons, anesthesiologists, clinical and non-clinical staff. They all work together as a team to support and care for each patient.” said GHCH CEO Tom Jensen.

About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.  Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital.  Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center.  GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics.  Learn more at www.ghchwa.org or www.twitter.com/ghcares.

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.