The heat is on in the West End! At last, we have video footage of the new revival of Miss Saigon, which began performances at London’s Prince Edward Theatre in May. Take a look at the absolutely epic trailer below, featuring such familiar Schönberg, Boublil and Maltby tunes as “The Movie in My Mind,” “The Last Night of the World” and “The American Dream.” The new production stars newcomer Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris and Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer. We’re prepared to swim across the Atlantic to catch this in person, but a transfer to the Great White Way would be great, too. View Comments
Facebook172Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence St. Peter HospitalProvidence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health have entered into a joint venture to form Olympia Behavioral Health LLC and have jointly submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) with the Washington State Department of Health to develop and operate an 85-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and adults in Thurston County. Subsequent to CON approval, Olympia Behavioral Health would open in early 2018 and would serve both voluntary and involuntary patients ages five and older. This new venture will benefit from Fairfax’s role as the leading behavioral health provider in the state and demonstrates both organizations ongoing commitment to providing quality care in our communityIf the CON is approved, Providence will transfer up to 20 psychiatric beds from the St. Peter Hospital license to the new freestanding hospital. This will not impact Crises Services at Providence St. Peter Hospital nor behavioral health services for patients who need it while receiving other services at Providence St. Peter Hospital.“Fairfax has been a leader in providing behavioral health services to the community for more than 85 years,” said Fairfax Chief Executive Officer Ron Escarda. “With that strength and depth of experience, we are excited to couple with Providence’s strong presence and commitment to the communities they serve. That is what makes our partnership unique.”Providence and Fairfax have already partnered on behavioral health services in Snohomish and Spokane counties. The partnership has identified two potential sites in the City of Lacey. The estimated size of the Thurston County facility would be approximately 55,000 gross square feet.“Thousands of adults and children in Thurston County alone have a mental health condition, and more than 10 percent of the patients who come to the St. Peter Emergency Center need behavioral health services (approximately 22 each day),” says Medrice Coluccio, chief executive for Providence in Southwest Washington. “This freestanding hospital will allow us to grow the existing services that Providence already provides and fill a gap in the community.”More than 22% of patients who visit the ER at Providence St. Peter need psychiatric services. The new facility will help fill the gap for these patients. Photo courtesy of ProvidenceOlympia Behavioral Health will build upon the Providence and Fairfax principles of caring for patients who need mental health services with compassion, kindness, dignity, excellence and respect, while providing a supportive environment and treatment to help them heal. The proposed hospital aims to be recognized as the premier regional provider of innovative, compassionate behavioral health services, which will enhance the health of the community. In addition, the new psychiatric hospital will continue to rely upon the long-standing, collaborative relationships that have been formed with other community providers and partner organizations in Thurston County to provide a seamless continuum of care.Providence and Fairfax share valuesFairfax Behavioral Health is proud to partner with Providence in this opportunity to greatly improve and expand access to behavioral health services in Southwest Washington. Providence and Fairfax have already established partnerships in Everett and in Spokane. Fairfax’s history spans 85 years and shares Providence’s commitment to the poor and vulnerable. This partnership aligns with Providence’s core strategy of “creating healthier communities, together,” which calls for identifying like-minded partners to meet the needs of the community.Providence St. Peter Hospital Crisis Services Department (located in the St. Peter Hospital Emergency Center) is the only one of its kind in the five-county service area of Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. It is regularly at capacity, and unable to accept additional patients from Thurston County and beyond.“The addition of a freestanding psychiatric hospital will be particularly crucial in assisting the surrounding rural communities that do not have the necessary staff or facilities to treat and care for this patient population,” added Coluccio.The free-standing hospital will provide much needed relief to the doctors and nurses at Providence St. Peter, working to meet the behavioral health needs of the entire region. Photo courtesy: Providence St. Peter HospitalBy partnering with Fairfax, Providence can expand access and develop services to meet the behavioral health needs of the community. The new hospital will be well connected with the providers and services available at Providence clinics and hospitals in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Mason counties, creating a seamless care experience for patients.“This is a wonderful opportunity for our two organizations to bring the full scope of our expertise and resources to address an identified need in southwest Washington,” says Ron Escarda, Fairfax Behavioral Health chief executive officer. “Fairfax is excited about having the opportunity to utilize its knowledge and expertise in the provision of behavioral health services to the Thurston County community, and working in partnership with Providence St. Peter Hospital to serve these patients and their families.”
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationWhile making plans for the big holiday feast, be sure to add travel prep to the Thanksgiving to-do list. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel during the busy holiday weekend.The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.Visit WSDOT’s online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on snow or ice.Apple Cup travelThose traveling to the Friday, Nov. 23, Apple Cup football game in Pullman should prepare for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra travel time. A detour on State Route 26 near Othello – the main route to Pullman from the west side of the state – will continue for the holiday weekend to allow concrete to cure. The detour adds 15 minutes to the normal drive, but travelers should prepare for delays during heavy holiday or game-day traffic. Westbound traffic on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass both Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, is likely to be heavier than normal with both game and holiday travelers, so please allow extra time or alter travel plans if possible.Mountain passesSR 123 Cayuse Pass and SR 410 Chinook Pass remain open as of Nov. 15, but check the winter closure webpage for updates before traveling because conditions could cause the passes to close before the holiday.SR 20 North Cascades Highway also remains open as of Nov. 15 and details about the road status and winter closure also are available online.On Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass travelers can receive text alerts for pass delays of 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.TollsIn the Puget Sound area, the SR 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 23. On the I-405 express toll lanes, travel is free for all on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the express toll lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.Other travel alternativesTravelers planning a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 21, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 23. Reservations are recommended on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday; check ferry schedules online or call 888-808-7977 for details.Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.Information about traveling via state-operated airports is available on line or call 800-552-0666.Check with local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.