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Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health announced Wednesday that it is changing its corporate name to Group Hawks to show support for the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to battle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The name change was announced Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday’s big game.

 

“Patients still can find the quality and affordable healthcare they’ve always experienced at Group Health, but at Group Hawks they’ll also find plenty of Seahawks fever,” said Scott Armstrong, Group Hawks CEO. “And Seahawks fever is a condition we have tested, and know from our evidence-based medicine approach, can have very positive patient outcomes.”

 

Medical experts at Group Hawks say these are the Seahawks fever symptoms to watch for:

  • Green and blue face paint
  • Irresistible urge to have the #12 prominently tattooed on limbs, face or other obvious body parts
  • A need to wear feathers
  • Sudden urges to yell “Go Hawks!”

 

Another January start to good health...healthy heart

Another January start to good health...healthy heart
The Workout...  The first two weeks have been better than I thought possible. Although 30 pounds heavier than my heart attack weight, my stamina is better than at any other time in the last 10 years.  The not smoking and walking everyday has paid off. Gaining that much weight proves my "one meal a day habit" is cured.  More intake needed to fuel the body also means more movement is needed to keep off the weight. My efforts to balance that have failed. Snacks and more meat and potatoes than needed have been half the problem, cardio exercise or lack of, is the other half.  The body is a machine according to Dr Keith Kadel, Cardiologist, and it needs to be used, revved up and put through the paces. We need to put blood through the heart and get it to all areas of the body.   The heart beats 100,000 times a day and if it can beat a little slower it runs more efficiently.

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center announced good news on Thursday regarding the levels of O-negative and O-positive blood. The only supplier of blood for area hospitals reported that the supply of these types of blood has reached safe levels.  INBC said that thanks to the donors who have rolled up their sleeve to give blood, they have seen nearly 500 type O donors since Monday. This is a huge response that has brought the blood supply up a remarkable 90% in the last few days.

INBC reminded donors the need for blood does not go on vacation. They urge donors who have made an appointment to keep them in order to ensure blood supply remains at needed levels. INBC needs 200 donors every day, with nearly 90 of those being type O.

Flu activity continues to rise in Spokane County

Flu activity continues to rise in Spokane County

The Flu claimed the life of a Spokane County adult this week—eastern Washington’s second flu-related death this season. The male resident was in his 60s.


"Sadly, this is an example of how serious flu can be," said Dr. Joel McCullough, Spokane Regional Health District’s health officer. “Your best chance at protecting your loved ones, and yourself, from flu is to get a flu shot.”


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses.


According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), so far this year, the dominant flu virus has been H3N2, and of the tested samples, about half have drifted slightly away from the vaccine formula. This is the same trend seen nationally.

 

Spokane agencies partner to issue cold weather health advisory

Spokane agencies partner to issue cold weather health advisory

With the coldest weather of the winter season so far expected today through Wednesday, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), City of Spokane and Spokane County are issuing this health advisory to warn the community about the dangers of exposure to cold conditions. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone, including animals, can be affected.

 

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Spokane County and the East Valley Community Coalition will hold a special event at CenterPlace Regional Event Center specifically focused on the issue of keeping dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of local youth.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will include an overview of the signs and symptoms of substance use, the goals and plans of the East Valley Community Coalition, and a sampling of the projects and services that will be offered in the community.  Coalition members will discuss their involvement in the community and the programs they can offer to provide information and skills training for parents and youth - all focused on protecting youth from early initiation of substance use.

The public is invited to come and hear about programs and services to keep dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of area youth.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.