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CASSIDY’S COLUMN: My Surgery Day Walk-through

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: My Surgery Day Walk-through

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 13-year old special needs student at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School. She is also our newest columnist… by Cass Huff Hello B-Town Readers! Recently, I’ve... [Read more]

Tony McLean named as new market president for CHI Franciscan Health

Tony McLean named as new market president for CHI Franciscan Health

CHI Franciscan Health announced recently that Tony McLean has been named market president for South King County. As market president, McLean holds responsibility for St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way... [Read more]

CHI Franciscan Health breaks ground for new $27 million medical pavilion

CHI Franciscan Health breaks ground for new $27 million medical pavilion

Ground was broken recently at 16705 1st Ave South, for a brand new, 48,000 square foot, $27 million facility for CHI Franciscan Health, which will include an urgent care clinic, a primary care clinic,... [Read more]

Franciscan Health System to increase investment in Highline Medical Center

Franciscan Health System to increase investment in Highline Medical Center

Nurses and healthcare workers – all members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW – announced Monday (July 28) that the Franciscan Health System (FHS) is planning to invest in Burien’s Highline Medical Center. A... [Read more]

Burien’s Highline Medical Center officially joins Franciscan Health Systems

Burien’s Highline Medical Center officially joins Franciscan Health Systems

Highline Medical Center in Burien is now part of the Franciscan Health System, becoming the sixth hospital in the Franciscan organization. “Highline’s affiliation with Franciscan creates opportunities... [Read more]

REPORT: Highline Medical Center Employee Raped Injured Woman

REPORT: Highline Medical Center Employee Raped Injured Woman

The Seattle P-I is reporting that a former Highline Medical Center employee has been charged with rape following allegations that he attacked a patient being treated there for a separate attack. The P-I... [Read more]

Burien’s Highline Medical Center to Team Up with Tacoma’s Franciscan Health

Burien’s Highline Medical Center to Team Up with Tacoma’s Franciscan Health

Highline Medical Center CEO Mark Benedum. Burien’s Highline Medical Center and Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System announced Wednesday (June 27) that they have agreed to explore a strategic affiliation. The... [Read more]

Highline Medical Center’s Cancer Program Receives Achievement Award

Highline Medical Center’s Cancer Program Receives Achievement Award

BTB Advertiser Highline Medical Center’s Cancer Care Program received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This award recognizes excellence... [Read more]

2nd Annual Burien Wellness Fair Coming To Town Square Park Sept. 11th

2nd Annual Burien Wellness Fair Coming To Town Square Park Sept. 11th

The city is sponsoring its second annual “Burien Wellness Fair,” a community health fair on Saturday, Sept. 11th, from 10am – 4pm at Burien Town Square Park, at SW 152nd Street & 5th... [Read more]

Sponsored Post There’s A New ER In B-Town. It’s Tops In The Nation For Patient Satisfaction.

There’s A New ER In B-Town. It’s Tops In The Nation For Patient Satisfaction.

We’d like to welcome our newest advertiser, Highline Medical Center, to the B-Town Blog. They opened a brand new emergency room earlier this year and the patient response has been over-whelming. Here’s... [Read more]

Highline Medical Center Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic Is July 28th

Highline Medical Center Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic Is July 28th

The Annual Golf Classic, presented by McKay Wealth Management, benefiting Burien’s Highline Medical Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th at Washington National Golf Club, located at 14330... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes From The Opening Of Highline Medical Center's New ER

PHOTOS: Scenes From The Opening Of Highline Medical Center's New ER

by Ralph Nichols An emergency room is one place no one (unless they work there) really wants to go. But on Saturday (April 10), a large crowd of visitors came for an inside look at Highline Medical Center’s... [Read more]

Grand Opening Of Highline Medical Center's New ER Facility Is April 10

Grand Opening Of Highline Medical Center's New ER Facility Is April 10

The Grand Opening Celebration for Highline Medical Center’s New ER and Patient Care Unit is coming Saturday, April 10th from 10am – 3pm at the main campus in Burien. Along with tours of the... [Read more]

Climb Eagle Landing Park’s Stairs For St. Jude This Saturday

Climb Eagle Landing Park’s Stairs For St. Jude This Saturday

A stair-climbing fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be taking place this Saturday, Feb. 27th at Eagle Landing Park, located at 14641 25th Ave in Burien. Eagle Landing Park... [Read more]

Red Wine & Decadent Dessert Event For Highline Medical Center A Success

Red Wine & Decadent Dessert Event For Highline Medical Center A Success

Story & Photos by Gina Bourdage Community members and local business owners stepped up to raise $1,675 for the completion of Highline Medical Center’s new ER at the “Red Wine & Decadent... [Read more]

"Dine For Highline" Jan. 21st & Help Build New ER At Highline Medical Center

"Dine For Highline" Jan. 21st & Help Build New ER At Highline Medical Center

On Thursday, Jan. 21st, several local restaurants will be hosting “Dine For Highline,” where a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Highline Medical Center’s “Campaign for... [Read more]

Advertiser Jim Coleman DDS Gathers Over 300 Stuffed Animals To Help Kids In Hospitals

Advertiser Jim Coleman DDS Gathers Over 300 Stuffed Animals To Help Kids In Hospitals

BTB Advertiser Jim Coleman, DDS recently held their annual Stuffed Animal Drive for children who end up in the Highline Medical Center Emergency Rooms, and this year received over 300 donations! The purpose... [Read more]

Update On Hit-And-Run Victim Jeff Kearney: Better, Showing Signs Of Old Self

Update On Hit-And-Run Victim Jeff Kearney: Better, Showing Signs Of Old Self

Here’s the latest update on Jeff Kearney, the well-known mentally-challenged man who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Nov. 17th in White Center (read our previous coverage here). According to... [Read more]

UPDATE: Now 10 Cases Of Probable Swine Flu In King Co.

UPDATE: Now 10 Cases Of Probable Swine Flu In King Co.

UPDATE 4/30 4pm: King County’s Public Health Department announced Thursday at 3:30pm that there are now 10 “probable” cases of swine flu in King County, out of 13 in the entire state.

Still no known cases in the Burien area, and none have yet been confirmed by the CDC.

The 10 probable cases of swine flu in King County include:

  • A male child of Seattle who was hospitalized and is improving
  • A male in his 20s from Seattle, not hospitalized and improving
  • A woman in her 30s from Seattle, not hospitalized and improving
  • 7 additional probable cases in King County as of 4/30/09, 3:30pm (Public Health is still investigating and has not yet announced the locations or status)

Also, because one of the victims was a student at Seattle’s Madrona School, both Public Health and Seattle Public Schools decided to close the school for seven days, starting today, to reduce the ability of the infection to spread. The school is scheduled to re-open on May 7.

As for the Highline School District, there are no known cases or planned closures yet, and here’s the latest statement from their website (which concerned parents should check often as this news is developing quickly):

The first suspected cases of swine flu have been detected in Washington State, and Highline Public Schools is monitoring the illness and is working closely with Public Health-Seattle and King County and the national Centers for Disease Control as a precaution.

If more cases are reported in our area, Public Health will advise the district on closing schools.

PREVIOUSLY:

Just after 9pm Wednesday evening (4/29), King County Public Health Department announced that three probable cases of swine flu (H1N1) have been identified in the county.

All three were reported to be in Seattle, with none reported as being in the Burien area.

Laboratory samples have been sent to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Public Health – Seattle & King County is awaiting final confirmation.

Also today, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic swine flu alert level to Phase 5 – its second-highest level, and one that includes the language “a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent.”

The CDC has determined that the swine flu virus H1N1 is contagious and is spreading from human to human.

Symptoms of swine flu include:

  • A fever of more than 100°F
  • Coughing
  • Joint aches
  • Severe headache
  • And, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea

“Now that swine flu is likely in King County, we expect to see more infections, but it’s too early to say how severe the illnesses will be. We are working to provide needed information and assistance to these people and their families. We are also working with health care providers and community partners to prepare in the event that the situation becomes more serious,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

“We’ve prepared for this day for the past four years, and now we must all do our part to reduce its spread,” said Ron Sims, King County Executive. “We encourage everyone to get prepared at home, find out about plans at your job, and take steps to protect yourself, your family and the community by staying home when you are sick, washing your hands often and covering your coughs and sneezes.”

“In the last few years, Seattle has prepared for pandemic flu. We will activate our Emergency Operations Center at the first level so our emergency operations personnel can coordinate procedures and communications,” said Greg Nickels, Seattle Mayor.

As of April 29, there are three probable cases of swine flu in King County, in addition to two cases in Snohomish County and one case in Spokane County.

The three King County residents with probable swine flu include:

  • A male child of Seattle who was hospitalized and is improving
  • A male in his 20s from Seattle, not hospitalized and improving
  • A woman in her 30s from Seattle, not hospitalized and improving

Officials did not release any other information, such as whether the victims had traveled to Mexico recently.

When should you seek medical care?

Use the same judgment you would use during a typical flu season. Do not seek medical care if you are not ill or have mild symptoms for which you would not ordinarily seek medical care. If you have more severe symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, body aches or are feeling more seriously ill, call your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and if you need to be evaluated.

Public Health will continue to work with health care providers to test flu patients who develop severe illness or are associated with clusters, but does not currently recommend testing for all flu patients.

If the following flu-like symptoms are mild, medical attention is not typically required: runny nose or nasal stuffiness; low-grade fever for less than 3 days; mild headache; body aches and mild stomach upset.

What can I do now to get prepared?

This is an excellent time to get prepared at home and work for a possible influenza pandemic. See www.kingcounty.gov/health/pandemicflu

Everyday behaviors to stay healthy

  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • To further prevent the spread of germs, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people

What is swine flu?

“Swine flu” is an influenza A (H1N1) virus normally found in pigs. There are many such viruses and they rarely infect humans. The virus currently causing human illness is a new type of swine flu that has developed the ability to infect people and be transmitted from person to person.

Although this new virus is called “swine flu,” it is not transmitted from pigs to humans, or from eating pork products. Like other respiratory diseases, it is spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes. When people cough or sneeze, they spread germs through the air or onto surfaces that other people may touch.

Rest assured The B-Town Blog will be following this story closely, and we urge all readers to be vigilant in following the directions listed above, as well as seeking immediate help if you suffer from any associated symptoms.

For more information and frequent updates: www.kingcounty.gov/health/swineflu, or call the Public Health Hotline: 206-296-4949.

Here’s a link to a PDF called “Pandemic Flu Planning Guide” which is probably now worth a read.