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A new Behavioral Health Hospital serving Eastern Washington

Providence Health Care and Universal Health Services (UHS)/Fairfax Behavioral Health are celebrating the next step in their joint venture to build a 100-bed freestanding behavioral health hospital on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus. Members of the community are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital May 1, 10:30am, at 5th & Browne in Spokane. The new hospital is expected to be ready for patients in the fall of 2018.

Construction of the three-story building will begin immediately. In addition to patient rooms and treatment areas, the design includes a gym, courtyard, kitchen, natural lighting, dedicated parking and ambulance bay.

The hospital will increase both inpatient and outpatient capacity to meet the health care needs of the region while helping to lower the overall cost of care. It will serve adult and pediatric patients needing short-term hospital care for mental health illnesses. It will be well connected with the providers and services available at Providence clinics and hospitals in Spokane and Stevens counties, creating a seamless care experience for patients.

Providence Sacred Heart has been caring for behavioral health patients in the region for more than 45 years. Fairfax, an affiliate of UHS, the nation's largest facility-based provider of behavioral health services, has more than 86 years of experience meeting the behavioral health needs of the residents of the state of Washington.

The Washington State Department of Health approved the Certificate of Need for the two health care providers to move forward with construction on the 100-bed hospital in March 2016. Planning and design work began immediately.

The general contractor is Bouten Construction of Spokane. The architects are NAC and Boulder Architectural Design. Cost of construction is approximately $29 million.

NCAA March Madness coming back to Spokane in 2020

The NCAA has announced the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena will be among the host sites for first- and second-round games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2020. The University of Idaho will be the host school for those tournament games played here.

New Starbucks replaces Taco Time at Ruby and Sharp

Taco Time at Ruby and Sharp is gone...with Spokane's newest Starbucks in its place. Because of the location, on the busy Ruby/Division couplet and close to GU, this Starbucks has longer hours than most others in Spokane. Monday-Friday 4:30am-10pm and Saturday & Sunday 5am-9pm.

March for Babies this Saturday

The 2017 March for Babies is this Saturday, April 29 starting at the McKinstry Parking Lot, 850 E Spokane Falls Blvd. 9am Registration, 10am Start.

Join in helping give all babies a fighting chance. The money raised from March for Babies helps fund research, education and local programs to help women have healthy pregnancies and help more babies be born healthy. It's a 3 mile walk through Riverfront Park. Enjoy food, music and fun afterward. Everyone is welcome. Register online at www.marchforbabies.org.

For more information contact Darah Heinemann 509-328-1920.

Scream for Brain Freeze Ice Cream May 6

Brain Freeze Creamery will hold their First Annual People's Flavor Awards Saturday, May 6 at 11am, at the Kendall Yards Welcome Center, 1335 West Summit Parkway. You get to taste and vote on the top 20 flavors submitted by customers. There will be 4 flavors in 5 categories. 1 winner per category and 1 overall winner.

The $7 ticket price gets you unlimited tastes for the event, plus $1 from each ticket will be donated to the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest.

Go to brainfreezecreamery.com/1st-annual-peoples-flavor-awards for tickets and more information.

EWU and St. Luke's partner on new Outpatient Therapy Clinic

Eastern Washington University (EWU) and St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute are partnering on a new outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinic to provide additional patient access to quality care and valuable hands-on training for university students.

The collaborative clinic is located inside the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic (STHC) in Spokane's University District. EWU and St. Luke's celebrate the grand opening from 5-6pm, Wednesday, April 26, inside the STHC at 624 E. Front Ave.

The 5,400-square-foot clinic with state-of-the-art physical, occupational and sports injury rehabilitation equipment will serve patients from the community while St. Luke's therapists collaborate with EWU faculty to incorporate student learning into their daily routine.

"This great partnership with St. Luke's gives us a way to offer students clinical experiences earlier in their programs while providing a critical service to the community," says Laureen O'Hanlon, dean of EWU's College of Health Science and Public Health. "Eastern students will be receiving a cutting-edge education that positions them well to be leaders in their fields."

The clinic will be St. Luke's tenth outpatient clinic in the community. To begin, it will be staffed with three full-time St. Luke's employees: admissions coordinator, physical therapist (PT), and occupational therapist (OT). A clinic observation room will allow EWU PT and OT students to observe treatment sessions without disrupting the delivery of patient care.

"St. Luke's remains committed to providing a space where students going into the field of rehabilitative care are able to hone their skills through observation and hands-on experience," said Nancy Webster, St. Luke's hospital administrator. "Building on existing collaborations with Eastern Washington University and other universities at our inpatient rehabilitation hospital, this new outpatient therapy program ensures the next generation of skilled therapists and provides additional therapy care to our communities."

Administrators say the clinic follows new health care trends, where health care providers from different specialties work together with patients to deliver high quality care. This inter-professional practice can improve current treatment methods and offer collaborative opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

The Spokane Teaching Health Center is a nonprofit organization formed by Providence Health Care, Empire Health Foundation and Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane. Providence operates medical residency programs and patient care for the STHC. For more information go to www.stlukes.org.

One Tree Hard Cider to open new tasting room in Downtown Spokane

According to our friends at Inland Northwest Business Watch, One Tree Hard Cider has leased an approx. 1600- square-feet of storefront space at 111 S. Madison in the New Madison Hotel building. The space will be fully remodeled and should open sometime in June, joining several breweries, wineries and cider producers who already have set up shop in the city center. After the new location opens they will shut down their tasting room space at their production facility in Spokane Valley to make room for new production space.

Until then that tasting room will be open at 9514 E. Montgomery Ave. Suite 25. One Tree Hard Cider is a fast growing hard cider producer with several flavors like huckleberry, lemon basil and more, sold primarily in bottles from a number of grocery stores and specialty stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Illinois. The new Downtown cider house will also be able to do growler fills.

For more information on One Tree Hard Cider, visit www.onetreehardcider.com.

VENIA (formerly Vein Clinics NW) adds new Dermatology Specialist

Douglas Stafford, MD, owner/operator of VENIA (formerly Vein Clinics NW), announces Carolyn Selbicky, RN, DNC has joined his practice. Carolyn has over 45 years of experience in the field of Dermatology and holds a Dermatology Nurse certification. She has distinguished herself in aesthetic assessments and creating principled and practical treatment plans focused on rejuvenation for all age and skin types, including acne.

Carolyn was instrumental in the implementation of cosmetic services throughout Kaiser Permanente Medical Group of Northern California. She holds certifications in Candela gentle laser, gentle Yag, V-Beam Perfecta, Reliant Fraxel, Palomar IPL, and Lux 1540 as well as Botox, Restylane, Dysport and Juvaderm.

Carolyn is a past President of the California Dermatology Nurse Association and was the Vice President of Nursing Services for Monarch Laser Company. She is designated as a primary resource for professionals who have questions or concerns in laser applications or outcomes having personally provided over 30,000 procedures. Dr. Stafford is thrilled to welcome Carolyn and her breadth of experience to Venia, she will begin providing treatments on May 2.

For more information about Venia go to VeniaMD.com.

SCORE Workshop this Wednesday on QuickBooks Financial Management

This Wednesday, April 26, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Spokane Score Chapter 180 presents a workshop on Quickbooks Financial Management for Small Business. A QuickBooks expert will guide you through using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping and financial management tool. Learn tips and shortcuts and get answers to your QuickBooks questions. Learn the keys to financial management, along with resources and financial management practices. This workshop is especially valuable for those who are already in business.

To be held at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. For more information including costs, and to register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

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