Can we all just stop pimping our children? Stop selling them out for “Like” and “Share”? Quit scurrying to gather “views”?
WALLA WALLA — Dr. Jonathan Hibbs has no doubts speaking out against the Department of Veterans Affairs is risky, despite that he resigned last month after eight years of treating veterans in Walla Walla and Yakima.
WALLA WALLA — This summer Dr. Carolyn Clancy, interim undersecretary for health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, sent a message to all hands systemwide.
WALLA WALLA — Apart from hardships veterans have in obtaining medical services, the Yakima Community Bases Outpatient Clinic also doesn’t get the staff it needs, according to Dr. Jonathan Hibbs.
Two doctors who quit Walla Walla VA’s operational area tell of a dysfunctional agency more interested in policy than people.
A wounded Vietnam vet who became a VA clerical worker talks about endless challenges for medical treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Hibbs, who spent eight years working in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, wrote an impassioned letter to colleagues about why he felt compelled to resign. On July 25, Hibbs left his job as medical director of the Yakima Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which operates under the authority of Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His letter follows:
Walla Walla University has learned its four-year nursing program will no longer be accredited.
WALLA WALLA — When Tom Skerritt decided to take his show on the road, Walla Walla was the natural choice.
WALLA WALLA — A Milton-Freewater woman was arrested after a traffic collision that injured a Walla Walla man Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Poplar and Palouse streets.
WALLA WALLA — People considering suicide in Walla Walla County should be able to talk to a local mental-health professional, and fast.
A Walla Walla County resident is suspected of having contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, health officials said Friday.
A West Nile virus infection is suspected in a Walla Walla County resident, health officials said Friday.
The possibility of being jailed recently caught my daughter’s attention.
WALLA WALLA — Local VA officials are puzzled by a USA Today news report Wednesday that said almost 19 percent of staff who schedule appointments at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center were instructed to manipulate data on how long military veterans wait for medical appointments.
WALLA WALLA — Bill Curry is the first one to say he takes a lot of medication for his psychiatric issues.
WALLA WALLA — Heidi Higginbotham’s work days are one straight line after another.
Let me be very clear — I love history.
“There is no better lesson than failure,” says Dan Thiessen, executive director of Walla Walla Community College’s Wine Country Culinary Institute. “You’ve got to let them fail.”
Loggers in the Blue Mountains outside of Milton-Freewater discovered the skeletal remains of Byron Jeffrey Fusselman, reported missing in November 2005, a few weeks before the young man would have turned 20.
WALLA WALLA — A former Walla Walla University finance professor and self-employed bookkeeper will spend time in federal prison on a charge of wire fraud in connection with the theft of more than $800,000 from a local dentist.
WALLA WALLA — The Washington state veterans nursing home slated for Walla Walla is once again on track and, if all does as expected, with full funding.
WALLA WALLA — Noel Shannon of Milton-Freewater is missing part of her left leg, but her courage and spirit have doubled, her mom said this week.
WALLA WALLA — Alarmed that measles cases in Washington state have climbed to 27 so far this year — more than the past five years combined — public health officials in Walla Walla County and elsewhere are raising concerns about people who aren’t vaccinated.
Using her keys as a primitive scalpel to cut off her own leg was one of the options Noel Shannon considered the night she lay trapped under her 1996 Toyota truck.
He was best known for his intricate paintings of nature that appeared in national magazines and elsewhere.
WALLA WALLA — The Valley lost some of its creative color on Friday with the death of Norman Adams, a Walla Walla-based artist known nationally for his illustrations or nature and wildlife.
MILTON-FREEWATER — To tempt people to invest in Milton-Freewater’s future, Norm Saager is offering a glimpse of its brick-and-mortar history through the work of high school students and their art teacher.
They say they expected Medicaid expenditures on braces for youths would have leveled off instead of spiking.
Washington spent $27 million in 2013 on orthodontics for eligible patients 20 years old and younger.
WALLA WALLA — She’s doing it for family, but Wilma Schmerer is betting others will be eager to take a look.
If you have eaten at our house in the past three years, partaken in a potluck dish I contributed or nibbled on snacks I ferried to work, let me say I am heartily sorry.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Behind curtained scaffolding, single-paned windows and bricks patinated with decades of exposure, a timeworn lady sits, waiting for another chance to be useful in her community.
WALLA WALLA — Two area medical providers were surgically joined together this week.
Gabriel Scheel is spunky. The youngest of five boys, the Assumption School preschooler is tough enough to lay some hurt on his brothers when the Scheel boys roughhouse.
WALLA WALLA — The county is once again without a psychiatrist to treat eligible Medicaid patients, but those in charge are hopeful the hole will soon be plugged. In the meantime, a solid umbrella of staffing is in place to weather the storm, said Rick Weaver, executive director of Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health.
WALLA WALLA — A local hospital is now affiliated with Kadlec Health System in Tri-Cities.
WALLA WALLA — The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been listed as one of 81 VA sites slated for further review, out of a total of 216 medical centers recently visited by auditing teams.
So I recently became accidentally addicted. Totally unintentional and, like addictions do, this one got me at my most vulnerable moment.
A retired OSP detective who grew up in Milton-Freewater writes a book about life behind the badge.
WALLA WALLA — Shari Davis finally has some answers.
WALLA WALLA — A longtime Blue Mountain Action Council director has been chosen as the nonprofit agency’s next chief executive officer.
WALLA WALLA — It’s not all in your head, even if it is in your nose.
WALLA WALLA — A former Walla Walla University professor of finance and economics has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $800,000 from local dentist Dan Laizure.
Trysten Allen Fortune will always move forward.
Despite a past of drugs, crime and incarceration, Joe Field says he wants nothing more now than to be the best father of five he can be. “I’m committed to that.”
Jake Marly said he thinks he understands why Joe Field and his attorney point to Marly’s felony conviction to call “foul” in a battle with the Little League organization here.
WALLA WALLA — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki answered questions and responded to concerns about scheduling of medical appointments and services within the VA care system today in front of the Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.
WALLA WALLA — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki ordered “face-to-face” audits of every Veterans Affairs clinics earlier this month, and Walla Walla’s turn came Wednesday, officials said.
It takes a village to raise a child, as the saying goes. Sometimes it takes two.
WALLA WALLA — A director placed on administrative leave last week at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs medical center had a troubled run here, as well.
Let’s start this column on a need-to-know basis, and it’s going to get a little graphic here.