The Daily Evergreen

PRH employees test positive for COVID-19

The employees who tested positive will get tested again in three days.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen deputy news editor

October 15, 2020

Two Pullman Regional Hospital employees tested positive for COVID-19. The employees work in the same department and are quarantining, according to a press release from PRH.  Contract tracing has been implemented. Staff have been tested if they have been in close contact with those two employees,...

Local hospital will conduct COVID-19 testing for people with doctor’s orders only

People with doctor’s orders can get tested at PRH from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing costs $150, with or without insurance.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

October 7, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital will only see patients referred by physicians for COVID-19 testing because of WSU’s increased testing efforts. Jeannie Eylar, PRH chief clinical officer, said the hospital’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing was open from Aug. 21 to Sept. 25 as a response to the spike of COVID-...

PRH teaches health with art

WSU’s Children Center partnered with Pullman Regional Hospital for the Health Education and Art (HEART) Program in July. The program aims to help children understand and process the COVID-19 pandemic through art.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

October 1, 2020

A local partnership between Pullman Regional Hospital and WSU aims to teach children about health and wellness by integrating art into the learning model. The hospital’s Health Education and Art program, also known as HEART, helps children adapt to change and engage in learning through art. The...

Flu shots available to Pullman community

Flu shots are available from now until October.


September 30, 2020

WSU Cougar Health Services and Pullman Regional Hospital are offering flu shots to the community to minimize the chances of spreading another respiratory illness like the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students can get flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday until Nov. 6 at the Elson S. ...

PRH receives $31,000 to increase testing capacity

Multiple fundraising programs have raised $850,000 for PRH's COVID-19 emergency fund since March.

HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter

September 24, 2020

A fundraising partnership raised over $31,000 in donations for the Pullman Regional Hospital to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. The fundraiser was part of the All In WA COVID-19 relief effort and gift-matching challenge started by Jeff Bezos. It ran for two weeks in September, said Rueben Mayes,...

Drastic spike of COVID-19 cases impacts local hospital’s testing process

From Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, Pullman Regional Hospital conducted 1,687 COVID-19 tests, and 418 results were positive. PRH conducted an average of 121 tests per day.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

September 9, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital increased its testing in its COVID-19 Testing Center due to the return of WSU students in the community. The drive-thru center, which is a trailer situated at the back of PRH near its emergency department entrance, opened in March to keep possible COVID-19 patients outside o...

Local health department recommends people get tested for COVID-19

Pullman Regional Hospital is working with Palouse Medical to meet the demand for COVID-19 testing. The testing center is located in a trailer behind PRH by the emergency department.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

August 31, 2020

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines on COVID-19 testing, Whitman County Public Health has not. The CDC now states it is not necessary to get tested unless recommended by a local health department or a doctor, said Troy Henderson, Whitman County Public Healt...

Local hospital to seek public input before expanding its district

Rueben Mayes, Pullman Regional Hospital chief development officer, said the COVID-19 fund started March 24 to help pay for the hospital’s equipment, operations and supplies.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital has put on pause the consideration of enlarging its tax base by expanding its district boundaries.  PRH Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday evening to accept the strategic planning committee’s recommendation of engaging in a public involvement process before deciding on the exp...

Local hospital offers videos on mental health amid pandemic

Seven videos about mental health are available on Pullman Regional Hospital's YouTube channel.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is showcasing a video series that draws attention to the effects of COVID-19 on people’s mental health. The “Mental Health Impact of COVID-19” series covers topics that everyone can relate to, including sleep, day-to-day brain health, medical care, adult and pediatric factors, and impacts on WSU operations, said Chad Sanders,...

Local hospital reopens all services

Pullman Regional Hospital officials decided to reopen the hospital for elective procedures because they have met all the state guidelines.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is now offering elective surgeries after pausing certain procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  PRH Marketing Director Megan Guido said hospital officials decided to reopen for elective procedures because they have met all the state guidelines, including maintaining ...

Hospital requires patients to have doctor’s order for COVID-19 testing

Patients who want to get tested for COVID-19 must have a physician’s order.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital moved away from triage testing for COVID-19 and is now requiring patients to have a physician’s order before they can get tested for the virus.  Patients who want to get tested must first meet with their primary care doctor, said Diane Whittick, infection prevention specialis...

Local hospital considers expanding tax base

About 55 percent of the revenue from elective surgeries is not coming in to the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital will consider expanding the hospital district in order to broaden its tax base, which is the area where people living in it can be taxed by an institution. This will be discussed during the Board of Commissioners meeting in June.  Jeff Elbracht, PRH’s Board of CommisAsione...

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