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Research shows prescription assistance reduces trips to hospital

Samuel Selinger

Samuel Selinger

Dr. Samuel Selinger, a retired cardiovascular surgeon, is dedicated to helping others as a Prescription Assistance Network activist and volunteer.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Lorraine Nelson

The research study group was small, but it demonstrated what Dr. Samuel Selinger figured it would:

If you help low-income patients obtain free or low-cost prescription medications consistently, their visits to the emergency room and admissions to the hospital decrease.

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Lean initiative serves dual purpose on campus

Six Sigma

Six Sigma

HPA instructor Anna Franklin, center, is the project coach and mentor for students Michelle Le, right, and Elyse Brokaw, left, on the Lean Six Sigma project to improve a process on campus.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Sarah Schaub

A student-led “Lean” project is helping streamline campus operations at WSU Health Sciences Spokane while preparing graduate students for leadership roles in health care management.

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Spotlight Student: Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

In October of 2011, Allison Perrine lost her mother to breast cancer. Since then, the nursing graduate has dedicated her life to helping those impacted by the disease.

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Mark Mansfield leading University District’s transformation

Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield

Photo credit: Dean Davis

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Kevin Dudley

What’s next for Spokane’s University District? Will it be the hub of innovation, collaboration and higher education for the region?

Mark Mansfield envisions it will.

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Spotlight Student: Angel Li

Angel Li

Angel Li

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

Angel Li wasted no time becoming involved with her university.

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Pharmacy students continue tradition of national leadership

Pharmacy students

Pharmacy students

WSU student pharmacists at the Midyear American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists convention in Anaheim, CA.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Lori Maricle

Leadership opportunities are built into the doctor of pharmacy program at WSU Spokane, some on campus in one of many pharmacy organizations, and others in the national arena where faculty have roles and contacts.

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Spotlight Student: Shannon Gaston

Shannon Gaston

Shannon Gaston

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

In November of 2015, a devastating wind storm blew out power to most of Spokane.

Shannon Gaston played an important role in helping students who were impacted.

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Former Indian Health Service director brings lifelong mission to Spokane

Yvette Roubideaux

Yvette Roubideaux

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Terren Roloff

As an American Indian teenager in Rapid City, South Dakota, Yvette Roubideaux (pictured above, second from left) experienced long waits when she went to the doctor at the local Indian Health Service clinic.

She heard from relatives who were frustrated at not knowing which physician they would see, and who were not happy with their care. 

It got her to thinking that maybe she could be one of the solutions to the problems in Indian health.

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