Dr. James Lewis selected as Snohomish Health District’s next health officer

The Snohomish Health District has a new health officer — Dr. James Lewis. He will take over the health officer role from Dr. Chris Spitters, who is stepping down after more than 20 years with the district. Lewis, who is set to start Aug. 1, is currently a medical epidemiologist with Public Health – Seattle &…

Eligible donors urged to give blood as national blood shortage continues

The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with the Washington State Blood Coalition, is encouraging eligible donors to give blood this summer. In addition to celebrating World Blood Donor Day on June 14, blood centers in Washington state are preparing for the summer months ahead—which is a critical time for blood donations. “Blood donations…

Washington part of multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter

The Washington State Department of Health is working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a case of salmonella that is likely linked to consuming contaminated Jif brand peanut butter products. The Whitman County resident, who was not hospitalized, has a confirmed case of salmonella ssociated with a nationwide peanut butter outbreak involving 11…

USDA: Keeping infants safe in midst of formula shortages

There are few things that worry a parent more than their children’s health and safety. The ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February, has left many caregivers feeling concerned and anxious about their options for safely feeding their infants, the USDA Food and Nutrition…

Tubie Friends online fundraising auction to benefit children begins Thursday

Beginning Thursday, people can purchase items such as an 8-pound block of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Funko figurines, two hours of kayaking on Lake Union, a Harry Potter gift set, a “Chick Flick” gift basket, and even a unicorn encounter while donating to a charitable cause. Tubie Friends, a South Snohomish County-based nonprofit organization that helps…

Meet the new business: Eye Associates Northwest

Business name: Eye Associates Northwest Products and/or services: Ophthalmology How long in business: Since 1993 — new location in Edmonds Tell us about your history: Rooted in the Pacific Northwest for over 80 years: Eye Associates of Seattle and the Eye Clinic of Seattle had roots in practices established by individual physicians in the 1930s. Dr. H. Frederick…

Reminder: Verdant to present opioid crisis community roundtable March 10

Snohomish County has the second highest rate for opioid deaths in Washington state, and these numbers are continuing to rise. The Verdant Health Commission invites community members to join them at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10 for a local update on the opioid crisis. Participants will share data and information surrounding opioids and overdoses in Snohomish…

Powdered infant formula recall expands following reports of bacterial infections

Abbott Nutrition has expanded its voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan, because of possible Cronobacter contamination, the Washington State Department of Health said Wednesday. Parents and caregivers should not feed their babies recalled Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered formulas. Recalled powdered infant formulas include Similac…

Attorney general sues Providence-Swedish group, alleging it improperly pushed collecting payments from low-income patients

The Washington State Attorney General is suing Providence-Swedish Health Care Group, which includes Swedish Edmonds hospital. The lawsuit alleges that Providence-Swedish has failed “to ensure that eligible low-income Washingtonians receive the discounts to which they are legally entitled.” The attorney general also alleges that the hospital chain is “aggressively collecting money” from low-income patients who…

Commentary: Finding ways to help our health care heroes

Growing up, I always enjoyed watching superheroes like Superman defeat the bad guys. Lex Luthor’s evil plan would be foiled once again, and the world would be saved. However, in the real world, superheroes don’t always wear capes when they save lives. Doctors are our superheroes, and we must protect them as they protect us….

Washington part of multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to packaged salads

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday that the state is part of an E. coli outbreak affecting six states. The seven cases of E. coli found so far in Washington are likely linked to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens purchased at QFC and Fred Meyer stores in Washington state. Consumers with Simple…

County health officer Dr. Chris Spitters announces his departure next year

After 24 years with the Snohomish Health District, Dr. Chris Spitters has announced that he will step down next year. He has served as the county’s chief health officer since March 2020. “There is no work-related reason for my choice to resign from the health officer position, and I am not leaving for another role,” Spitters…

Sponsor spotlight: Say hello to Bodyworks Massage — and enjoy self-care at its finest

Say hello to a new therapeutic business in downtown Edmonds — Bodyworks Massage — and say goodbye to chronic ailments, pain, and swelling. Increase mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Paired with LED facial panels scientifically proven to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes and scars, Bodyworks offers self-care at its finest. Relax, renew…

Announcing new advertiser Bodyworks Massage

Welcome to our new advertiser Bodyworks Massage. Come experience the new buzz around town and eliminate chronic pain and boost your immunity. Relax, renew and recharge with Grand Opening Specials at www.BodyworksEdmonds.com.

Pop-up blood drives scheduled in South Snohomish County Nov. 30-Dec. 14

The need for blood in the community is rising and to meet that challenge, Bloodworks needs all donors to step up. So book your next donation now to make sure patients get the fighting chance they deserve. All types are urgently needed, but Type O is especially in demand. Upcoming events – Nile Shrine (Mountlake…

Verdant accepting health grant applications through Nov. 19

Community groups and organizations are invited to apply to the Verdant Health Commission for grants that are focused on the health needs of residents in South Snohomish County. Applications can be submitted through Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. For the first time, all grant applications will be accepted using a web-based Grant Portal, available…

County COVID briefing: Demand exceeding supply for kids’ vaccine

It’s a slow start to vaccinating children 5-11 years old against COVID in Snohomish County. Not because parents are reluctant to get their kids the shot, County Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters told reporters during a Tuesday media briefing. It’s because there is not yet enough vaccine for children anywhere in the state. Spitters…

Department of Health: Booster doses now available for all three COVID-19 vaccine types

The Washington State Department of Health is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. Last month, health care providers began offering booster…