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Rodika Tollefson

The science and best practices in prenatal care is evolving, as in any other medical field, and one of the latest tools is noninvasive prenatal testing, or NIPT. It’s a blood test used to screen for chromosome-related conditions such as Down syndrome, and it can be performed at 10 weeks of pregnancy. read more »

 

When Asani Development was looking to create the concept for a new residential development on Bainbridge Island several ySerial solar entrepeneurears ago — in the midst of a slow real estate market — the development team knew they would have to come up with something unique. As they were exploring ideas for sustainable living including energy efficiency, Washington state adopted a new program to incentivize use of solar energy.

“Solar incentives were adopted (by the state) so it made economic sense. We decided it would be a very interesting challenge,” said Marja Preston, president of Asani and the lead of the team that developed what is known as the Grow Community.

The goal was to make the entire neighborhood a net-zero energy community and follow the principles of the One Planet Living program.
There were multiple challenges but one in particular was a question of economics. “For solar, there was only one manufacturer in the state and it was expensive,” said Kelly Samson, one of the original Asani developers of Grow. read more »

 

Photo by Rodika Tollefson Dr. Patricia Burkhart with the low-dose CT scanner at The Doctors Clinic. As a radiologist, her work is typically behind the scenes, reading the images on her computer.The Doctors Clinic has been using a low-dose radiation scanner for the past year — the only technology of its kind on the Olympic Peninsula. The computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows the radiation dose to be reduced up to 60 percent. read more »

 

Hybrid operating roomA hybrid operating suite that opened at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton allows vascular and heart physicians to work together on complicated cases. Double in size of the typical operating room, the hybrid OR is part of the Heart & Vascular Center and is outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment, including advanced imaging technology, for both surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. read more »

 

Photo by Rodika Tollefson. Dr. David Stedman is a longtime chiropractor in his hometown of Silverdale.For as long as he’s been in practice, Silverdale chiropractor Dr. David Stedman has been giving his patients information about being healthy. read more »

 

When major disaster strikes somewhere around the country or beyond, chances are that a team of Kitsap medical providers is among those deploying for help. For 20 years, local physicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, EMTs and medical assistants — volunteers with the Silverdale-based nonprofit Christian Medical Response Team — have provided medical care for major events as well as responding to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. read more »

 

Food shedThe Food Shed is coming back to Kingston, at a new location that co-founders Leslee Pate and Pam Buitenveld say is more central than before. The slow-food café, which was previously located on a Kingston farm, closed about a year ago and the two women had scaled back to only catering and events while looking for a new space. read more »

 
A Q&A with Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer has served four terms in office and been in law enforcement 43 years, but he has decided not to run for re-election again.Steve Boyer, Kitsap County’s sheriff for the past 15 years, announced recently that he will retire at the end of his fourth term this year. read more »

 
Legal Issues for Business

The 2014 state legislative session ends March 13 and lawmakers are running out of time to pass bills from the opposite house. Here’s a look at a few of the discussed issues that have a potential impact on businesses:

House Bill 1313 would require employers with five or more employees to provide a minimum number of sick leave days (five, seven or nine, depending on workforce size.) The bill passed in the House and at press time was scheduled for a hearing Feb. 26 in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. Washington Policy Center, which opposes the bill, estimates that the mandate will cost employers in the state $442 million.

A similar bill, HB-2238, would have required employers with 24 or more employees to provide up to three weeks of paid vacations to employees working 20 or more hours a week. The bill died in committee. Both HB-1313 and HB-2238 were co-sponsored by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo), who represents the 23rd Legislative District. read more »

 
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