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The pertussis epidemic in Washington state continues to grow, with confirmed cases in all but eight counties. Statewide, 2,325 cases had been confirmed through June 9, compared with 171 during the same period last year. The majority of the cases are children and youth, ages 1-18, with the age group 10-13 having the highest rates per capita.

“The most vulnerable people are infants under 1 year of age, so we mostly worry about them because we can’t start immunizing them until 2 months old,” said Kerry Dobbelaere, clinical services program manager for Kitsap Public Health District. read more »


Dr. Roger StarkBy the time this issue of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal is published, the U.S. Supreme Court will have announced its ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

If that ruling upholds the health care reform law that Congress passed in 2010, then Dr. Roger Stark will be even more worried than he was a couple weeks ago when he dissected the Affordable Care Act in a presentation to a local business group. read more »


Annapolis Fitness Studio and Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co. recently opened in this renovated waterfront building next to the Annapolis ferry dock in Port Orchard.Kristi McGee or the other trainers at Annapolis Fitness will lead you through gentle yoga stretching or push you to your limit in a butt-kicking Body Combat workout. But they don’t do it in a gym.

The business that opened recently in a renovated waterfront building next to the Annapolis foot ferry dock in Port Orchard doesn’t have any exercise machines. No treadmills, no weight training benches, no racks of barbells — and no monthly memberships. read more »


Adair PalisAdair Palis, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Harrison Medical Center, was selected as one of 25 national healthcare leaders under the age of 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40” is one of several leader lists compiled by Becker’s. The list is a sampling of noteworthy industry leaders and is developed based on nominations and editorial research.

Palis, who has been with Harrison since 2002, served as chief information officer from 2005 to 2010, becoming the youngest executive at Harrison. read more »


MultiCare Health System patients now have a mobile app for accessing their medical records, reviewing test results and upcoming visit schedules, and sending messages to their physicians. The app, made available in January for Apple and Android smart phones and mobile devices, is integrated into MultiCare’s secure online patient portal, MyChart, which additionally allows patients to schedule appointments and request prescription refills.

The first version of the secure mobile app does not include the capability to schedule appointments or request refills, but expanded functionality is expected to be added in the future, according to Dr. Eric Herman, MultiCare primary care physician and medical director for Population Health Management. read more »


Mark Adams, MDFranciscan Health System has named Mark Adams, MD, its new chief medical officer. He succeeds Gregory Semerdjian, MD, who retired. Adams has been a physician executive with the five-hospital nonprofit organization since 2010.

“I am honored to have been called to serve in this leadership role with this great organization,” Adams said.

He is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon who previously held the position of vice president for medical affairs and associate chief medical officer. Before joining Franciscan, he served in medical staff leadership positions at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, including as chief of medical staff. read more »


Harrison Medical Center is evaluating the idea of partnering up with a larger health care system and reviewing proposals from both Washington-based and out-of state organizations. Ten proposals have been received by mid-March, including from faith-based, secular, nonprofit and for-profit providers.

“We’re pleased with the quality of the proposals we’ve received,” said Bob Cross, Harrison’s executive director of strategic development. read more »


Scott BoschThe American Heart Association Puget Sound announced the appointment of Scott Bosch, president/CEO of Harrison Medical Center, as the chairman of the Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at Seattle Center.

As chairman, Bosch will lead the charge of bringing the Puget Sound community together in the fight against heart diseases and stroke. Bosch will also be the driving force behind the fundraising efforts for the heart and stroke walk, which is expected to draw close to 10,000 participants and raise $1.6 million. read more »


Dr. Julie Rosenblatt has been a chiropractor since 1995 on Bainbridge Island. After taking two years off to pursue her Healing Waters Therapy practice, she has returned. The new center will continue to offer water therapy, but the main focus is now on chiropractic healing and Rosenblatt has added another chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Andruscavage to help meet client’s needs.

In addition, Integrated Wellness Center offers the same Erchonia Low Level Laser Therapy that Lance Armstrong uses as well as the protocol developed by Lance’s chiropractors. read more »

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