Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) Opens Satellite Office in Yakima
September 8, 2010
Spokane, WA

Spokane, WA – The Eastern Washington Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE), sponsored by St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in collaboration with Labor and Industries, has opened a new office in Yakima to better serve communities in Yakima County. COHE’s office is located in the Yakima Regional Office of the Department of Labor & Industries:

COHE- Yakima
15 West Yakima Avenues, Suite 100,
Yakima, Washington 98902
Phone: (509) 494-0342

This is in addition to the Spokane office at 601 W 1st Avenue.

Health care providers in Yakima County see over 6,000 state fund Labor & Industries claims annually, 75% of which are seen by COHE health providers. Due to the agricultural and manufacturing industries in the Yakima County, there has been need for more focused resources from Health Service Coordinators. Having an office in Yakima will allow increased customer service response including face-to-face interaction, which was not previously available on a regular basis.

Kari Isaak, Health Service Coordinator for COHE will be located at the Yakima office. Isaak will increase communication and cooperation between regional office staff and COHE’s health service coordinators. Isaak will also provide coordination services to providers, employers, and injured workers throughout Yakima County.

Dr. Daniel Hansen, Program Director of the Eastern WA COHE said, “The COHE has enjoyed a good affinity with our Yakima county customers and Kari’s presence as health services coordinator will magnify that.”

Yakima County currently has 182 participating COHE providers including four hospital ERs. Additionally, 82 employers and several labor unions currently participate in COHE.

For more information about the Eastern Washington COHE, visit


COHE is a service of Inland Northwest Health Services. Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center, and the community. INHS companies include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Community Health Education and Resources (CHER), Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit

Nicole Stewart
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