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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...

City Council discusses Pullman reopening

Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman County are backing the application for transitioning Whitman County to Phase 2.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Councilmembers addressed the effects of COVID-19 on the city and the possibility of Pullman moving to Phase 2 of reopening during the city council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman C...

Local clinics offer telemedicine to patients

Pullman Regional Hospital's primary care clinic, which includes Pullman family medicine and Palouse pediatrics behavioral health, are offering telemedicine services due to COVID-19.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 1, 2020

Palouse River Counseling, Pullman Regional Hospital and WSU’s Cougar Health Services offer telemedicine services due to COVID-19.  Megan Guido, Pullman Regional Hospital chief marketing and community relations officer, said telemedicine is utilized through video or telephone where patients can...

OPINION: Let PRH nurses get unemployment benefits

OPINION: Let PRH nurses get unemployment benefits

GUS WATERS, Evergreen Columnist

April 15, 2020

The recent decision by Pullman Regional Hospital to cut staff salaries and working hours is a needed action to keep the hospital in functioning form, but staff members put in financial danger because of this decision should be eligible for unemployment benefits. Jeff Elbracht, the President of Pullman Reg...

Hospital temporarily reduces employee pay following COVID-19 preparations

Rueben Mayes, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation chief development officer, said  the Foundation has raised $330,000 for the COVID-19 fund.

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is preparing for COVID-19 by purchasing more equipment and lowering employee wages by 25 percent. According to a press release from PRH, the reduction will begin April 11 and will continue for 60 days. Pay was reduced because of the hospital’s commitment to a no layoff pol...

Residents step up to help at-risk community members

Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse expressed a need for toilet paper and computer webcams so their employees could work from home.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As developments with COVID-19 continue across the country, community organizations in Whitman County are stepping up to provide services for those in at-risk populations. Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, said the United Way of Whitman County launched a COVID-19 Community Relie...

Public services change in wake of COVID-19

Library Director Joanna Bailey says the library will be able to sign people up for library cards over the phone and all online resources remain available.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

Many public organizations in Pullman changed how they operate in the wake of multiple positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Neill Public Library Joanna Bailey, Neill Public Library director, said the library building is closed to the public and all online services remain available. People can also reg...

Hospital begins to test patients for COVID-19

Hospital begins to test patients for COVID-19

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

To combat the growing threat of COVID-19, Pullman Regional Hospital (PRH) opened a Triage and Testing Center for patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 on Monday. According to a press release by Megan Guido, chief marketing & community relations officer, PRH’s new testing center will be run...

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