H&H Briefs

Vancouver medical center gets technology grant

Vancouver-based Evergreen Medical Center received a health information technology award from the Washington Health Information Collaborative. The medical center requested and received $5,900 to upgrade its electronic medical record software.

The Health Information Collaborative is a public-private partnership that is made up of Oregon’s Healthcare Direct, a subsidiary of First Choice Health, the Washington State Health Care Authority, the Puget Sound Health Alliance and Seattle-based Qualis Health.   

The goal of the awards program is to enhance quality of care by allowing clinics to upgrade their technology to capture information that supports decision making, focusing particularly on medical records.

The program, in its third year, mostly targets medical care centers in small and rural communities. It has distributed $2.2 million to date.

Neurology clinic founder announces retirement

Vancouver Neurologists founder J. Bruce Bell has announced plans to retire, effective Jan. 1.

Bell founded the neurological disorder diagnostic and treatment center with Robert Kim in 1980, and has been practicing in the Vancouver area since 1967. His departure will leave six neurologists at the practice.

Bell received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed an internship at King County Hospital. There, he served his residence and was clinical instructor at the University of Washington.

Bell is board-certified in neurology and previously served as an associate clinical professor of neurology at Oregon Health Sciences University.