BBB: Shop safely this holiday season

DuPont — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday—the holiday shopping season is here, and Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Western Washington and Oregon is advising consumers to shop and give wisely.

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent an average of $407 last year and more than 100 million consumers shopped on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. [Read more…]

Strike ends, hospital workers return to work

By Julie Popper

TACOMA – The 1,100 workers who went on strike Tuesday seeking “better care and better jobs” are returning to work Wednesday. Spokespersons for the workers say they are stronger and more united, and intent on continuing their fight for CHI Franciscan to invest in care and caregivers. The workers maintain that CHI Franciscan, which they say made $165 million in profit last year, is cutting its commitment to frontline care, leaving patients and the community behind.

1,100 hospital workers on strike

TACOMA – CHI Franciscan should care for Pierce County patients, not Denver executives, according to 800 nursing assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, unit secretaries, dietary workers, housekeepers, sterile processors, and other service workers at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, and 330 service and technical workers at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood who went on strike this morning, standing up for better jobs and better care. They insist that CHI Franciscan, which made $165 million in profit last year, is cutting its commitment to frontline care, leaving patients and the community behind. [Read more…]

Young Entrepreneurs Academy to host information night

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber will host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Information Session (Wednesday, November 19, 6-7 pm) for students currently in grades 6-12, their families, and local business leaders to learn about the exciting afterschool program where middle and high school students launch their very own real businesses! YEA! will be hosted at the University of Washington Tacoma on Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm. [Read more…]

Soundpath Health adds Virginia Mason to provider network

Soundpath Health is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to add Virginia Mason to Soundpath Health’s network of physicians and hospitals effective January 1, 2015.

The agreement provides Virginia Mason patients additional plan choices for their Medicare benefits as well as expands access for Soundpath Health members to high-quality care providers. [Read more…]