have signed off on CHI Franciscan Health’s plan
32 beds to St. Anthony hospital in Gig Harbor.
The Department of
Health conditionally approved a
certificate of need for the expansion on Nov. 29,
according to documents posted online.
The $15.6 million project will build out the
unfinished fifth floor of the hospital, bringing St. Anthony’s
licensed bed count to 112.
CHI Franciscan proposed the additional beds to meet
growing demand for services. The facility is frequently at
full capacity, resulting in longer wait times and
patient transfers to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
“Building out St. Anthony will allow
us to afford better care for our patients in the greater Gig Harbor
community, with room to accommodate more patients with increased
access to local services,” Dr. Lance Bear, MD, chief of
surgery at St. Anthony, said in a news release.
The new beds are expected to open in early 2018.
This post was updated to include information from a
Wednesday news release.
medical marijuana overhaul law took effect
Friday, meaning unlicensed dispensaries in Kitsap
should by now be shuttered.
Medical marijuana patients have the
option of registering for a state database, which allows
them to buy products from recreational marijuana stores without
paying the heavy sales tax, among other benefits.
To sell to those patients,
recreational marijuana stores must obtain a
special endorsement from the state.
As of Tuesday, 14 of Kitsap County’s 17 licensed retail
stores had received the endorsement, according to Liquor and Cannabis
Click here for a statewide map of locations.
The Suquamish Tribe’s Agate Dreams store also will
begin serving medical marijuana patients later this month, a
store employee said Friday.
scrambled to get the medical marijuana patient database
operational in time for the July 1 deadline. The database
went live Friday, but the
Department of Health warned some stores may not be ready
to input patient information or issue “recognition”
In addition to sales tax-free purchases, these are the other
benefits provided to patients who register for the
medical marijuana database:
- Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for
- Purchase high-THC infused products.
- Grow more than four plants in their residence.
- Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal
penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative
Flu season is upon us.
Hospitals, longterm care facilities and physicians are
reporting an increased number of influenza cases. One person
in Kitsap County who died recently tested positive for the flu.
Flu viruses have adapted, making the current flu shot
somewhat less effective this year. Kitsap Public Health
District is still urging residents to get the vaccination, as
it still covers a number of flu strains and may offer some
protection from the adapted strains.
The district offers low-cost flu shots for children (more
information below). Free flu shots for moms are available through
a program offered at Rite-Aid. The Department of Health
has a flu
vaccine finder tool on its flu information page.
A full news release from the health district is posted below and
downloadable here: Continue reading
Kitsap County store
clerks led the state last year in their willingness to illegally
sell cigarettes to minors.
That’s according to a report released Thursday by the
state Department of Health. The annual Synar Report uses
unannounced compliance checks to track illegal tobacco sales.
During the checks, underage teens, working with law enforcement,
attempt to buy cigarettes from randomly-selected retailers.
The Liquor Control Board
carried out 28 random checks in Kitsap last year. Nearly 40 percent
of the checks resulted in illegal sales to minors. That figure
eclipsed the statewide average of 15 percent and landed Kitsap atop
the list of worst offenders for the year. (Click on the graphic to
DOH spokesman Tim Church cautioned that the small sample size
means sales at a few stores can sway the numbers from year to year.
Local health agencies should use the data to identify compliance
trends over time, he said.
The trend in Kitsap isn’t encouraging. The county’s compliance
rate steadily worsened since 2010, when about 9 percent of random
checks resulted in sales.
“It’s bad news for Kitsap County for sure,” Kitsap Public Health
District Administrator Scott Daniels said. “It’s bad news for
health of the kids who buy tobacco, it’s bad for the whole
community.” Continue reading