• Grays Harbor Community Hospital

    Community Hospital and Harbor Medical Group finalize managed Medicaid contracts

    In addition to the Public Hospital District initiative, and other cost saving measures, Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) and Harbor Medical Group (HMG) have been working since December to find the best Managed Medicaid Insurance Carriers to support their Managed Medicaid patients.  Harbor Medical Group Executive Director, Josh Martin said, “These Managed Medicaid partners must […]

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  • 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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org. 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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org/calculator/index.html. “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. 

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  • 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.

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  • Medical Director and Program Director Named to Wound Healing Center on GHCH East Campus

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Dr. Jessica Pierce has been named medical director of the Wound Healing Center opening in early November on Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s East Campus.
    Pierce will be responsible for reviewing patient care and results, evaluating new clinical products and providing oversight and guidance on policies and procedures.
    A new resident of Aberdeen, Pierce most recently practiced at Baylor University Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center. She holds a degree in Psychiatry and received her doctorate of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Pierce holds many academic honors, including memberships in several national Honor Societies. She completed her residency in family medicine at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Pierce has opened a family medicine practice in the Multi-Specialty Clinic at GHCH’s East Campus.
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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • GHCH Board of Directors Opposes Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033

    Aberdeen, WA – The board of Grays Harbor Community Hospital has passed a resolution in opposition to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033. Initiative 1033 will be on the November 3, 2009 statewide ballot.  
    After careful discussion, the board of directors found that I-1033 threatens the continued financial viability of GHCH and its ability to provide quality health services to the community.
    According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, the initiative reduces state general fund revenues that support education; social, health and environmental services; and general government activities by an estimated $5.9 billion by 2015.
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