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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 »


The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has finished the certification process for insurance carriers that will be able to sell individual insurance plans on the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange, starting Jan. 1. Individuals will be able enroll in plans starting Oct. 1, while finding out what kind of federal government subsidies they may qualify for.

In Kitsap County, six carriers were approved: BridgeSpan, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Group Health Cooperative, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and Premera Blue Cross. In total, eight carriers will be offering 38 health plans for families and individuals in the state through the exchange, which was testing its new system in September. read more »


Dr. Jennifer Thornton and other care providers will be working in the dental van donated for the Day of Hope by the Washington Oral Health Foundation.More than 1,000 people are expected to flow through Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo on Oct. 19 — not for worship services but for a special outreach event called Operation Day of Hope.

Now in its fourth year, Day of Hope is a way for the congregation to extend a helping hand to people with a variety of needs, ranging from winter clothing and haircuts to legal assistance and groceries.

Local medical professionals are also part of the event, offering medical and dental clinics. read more »


Pet therapy can help with healing, recoveryDarrell Rice loves dogs and has always owned one. But since living at Martha & Mary’s long-term care facility in Poulsbo for the past five years, he’s missed having a pet around.

That’s why Tuesdays are special. He gets regular visits from Poncho, a golden retriever owned by volunteer Kari MacKenzie.

“Poncho rubs me the right way all the time,” Rice said. “He’s so kind and an easy dog to be around and enjoys being with people.” read more »


Dr. Michael Anderson is the new chief medical officer at Harrison Medical Center.Rear Adm. Michael Anderson has served all around the country and the world during his 34-year career with the Navy and Marine Corps, moving every three years on average. But when it came to retirement, it was the Kitsap Peninsula that he and his wife, Paula, wanted to call home.

In fact, it was a position with Harrison Medical Center that convinced Dr. Anderson to retire as the medical officer and health services director for the Marine Corps. read more »


Visitors tour an operating room for joint replacement surgeries during a recent open house at the newly opened Orthopaedic Center at Harrison in Silverdale.The Orthopaedic Center at Harrison is hosting an orthopaedic health talk series entitled “Is it time?” The free seminars help attendees learn more about joint replacement and spinal surgery from surgeons, who will talk about treatment options and detail what to expect from both the surgery and the recovery process.

All health talks will be hosted at the newly opened Orthopaedic Center at Harrison in Silverdale, 1800 NW Myhre Road. read more »


Dr. Melissa Lo is an obstetrician/gynecologist with The Doctors Clinic in Silverdale, and a board member of the Kitsap County Medical Society.Dr. Melissa Lo, an obstetrician/ gynecologist at The Doctors Clinic, recently became president-elect of the Kitsap County Medical Society, which also placed her in the role of president for the society’s foundation. As the leader of the foundation, Lo will steer the charitable arm of KCMS as it continues to support various programs and efforts related to medicine and fitness.

The new responsibilities will add to an already busy schedule for the mother of three who regularly works on call to deliver babies read more »


PR Newswire

TACOMA — Franciscan Health System has introduced Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, a healthcare service that allows anyone in the system’s service area to receive care for a wide range of common conditions 24/7 via phone or video chat on smartphone, tablet or PC.

Tacoma-based Franciscan, which is implementing an affiliation with Bremerton-based Harrison Medical Center, is one of the first hospital systems in the U.S. to provide virtual urgent care to the public.

Utilizing the service will cost $35 per visit, which is less than the cost of an average office visit and a fraction of the average cost of an emergency room visit. read more »


Tanya Spoon examines children during one of her visits to Sierra Leone with Children of the Nations. (Courtesy Photo)Some people spend vacations traveling, others perhaps prefer to catch up on home remodeling or other projects. For many Kitsap medical providers, however, vacation time is an extension of their professional lives — helping others, only not as close to home.

Whether they are physicians, surgeons, dentists, nurses or medical technicians, these local professionals choose to spend their time doing pro bono medical work overseas. read more »

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