Working Well

Employee wellness programs are on the rise, and Spokane is no exception. But can employers actually improve the health of their workers?
At the Spokane Regional Health District, there are no salty or sugary snacks in the vending machine, which is instead stocked with whole wheat crackers in the shape of bunnies and organic milk to wash them down with. There's a basket that employees can drop a dollar into and pick up a piece of fruit.

Prescription for Nurse Practitioners

With more ARNPs, patients may be left wondering who should provide their care
Kathryn Sander can care for patients from birth to death. As a family nurse practitioner for CHAS Health, Sander treats patients with a variety of illnesses, focusing on management of chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension.

Keeping Them Close

Kootenai Health's new partnership with Mayo Clinic enables some patients to get specialized care, right at home
Since last summer, the roster of Kootenai Health has been several thousand physicians deeper — sort of. Thanks to a recent partnership with the renowned Mayo Clinic, made official in August, the Coeur d'Alene-based health care provider now has access to the expertise, advice and best practices of Mayo's more than 4,000 physicians across a range of diverse specialties.


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