Christen McCurdy

Debt restructuring, Plans for Nutritional Center Take Center Stage at OHSU

The Lund Report
At its board meeting last Friday, a plan was approved to restructure its variable rate debt to a more stable structure

December 6, 2011 – Oregon Health & Science University intends to restructure approximately $210 million of its variable rate debt, and replace old auction rate debt with a more stable funding structure following Friday’s board meeting.

Chief Financial officer Lawrence Furnstahl had urged the board to take advantage of favorable conditions -- annual fees for credit will drop by two-thirds, from 1.80 percent to less than .60 percent for a three-year commitment, saving the university approximately $2 million a year.

Health Coach Seeks to Improve Health of Cowlitz County Community

The Lund Report
The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund has provided a $221,000 three-year grant to the Highlands Neighborhood Association that’s focused on the social determinants of health, not healthcare

November 30, 2011 -- “The greater Cowlitz County thinks this is Tweakerville,” said Liz Haeck, driving around the Highlands neighborhood in Longview, Wash. to visit residents' homes and talk to them about their lives. “Everybody knows where there's a drug house on their block.”

As Haeck drove from house to house on a blustery afternoon, bringing Thanksgiving food boxes, candy and even dog biscuits, she talked to people about their lives, referring them to services that might help them out.

Northwest Mothers Milk Bank Halfway to its Fundraising Goal

The Lund Report
The group needs to purchase lab equipment before it can start processing donations locally

November 22, 2011 -- The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is halfway toward its fundraising goal of $400,000 – the amount the organization needs to open a physical location to process donations.

The bump is thanks to a $125,000 donation from Oregon Health Insurers Partnering for Prevention (OHIPP), a group of health insurers convened by the Oregon Public Health Institute.

Healthcare Advocates Urge Supercommittee to Oppose Medicare Cuts

The Lund Report
They’ve sent a letter to Congressman Greg Walden urging him to protect Medicare spending

November 17, 2011 – Nine healthcare organizations – most of which advocate for people with chronic illnesses – are speaking up about proposed cuts to Medicare.

A federal deficit “supercommittee” has one week left to cut $1.2 trillion within the next decade. While that committee may or may not meet its November 23 deadline, Medicare cuts are on the table.

Jack Friedman Suggests Single Payer System Would Be Ideal

The Lund Report
Speaking at a conference organized by the Healthcare Information and Management System Society, the CEO of Providence Health Plans said it’s not going to happen

November 17, 2011 -- As healthcare costs spiral out of control, “Medicare makes Social Security look like chump change in terms of what it's going to take to get future liabilities funded,” said Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plans, the keynote speaker at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference earlier this week.

Workgroup Focuses on Recruiting Primary Care Providers

The Lund Report
They also want to better define the role of community health workers, personal health navigators and peer wellness specialists

November 10, 2011 – Developing a strategic plan to recruit and retain primary care providers is at the essence of a workgroup led by Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center, which met recently.

Nursing Graduates Face a Changing Job Market

The Lund Report
A recent report from the Oregon Center for Nursing indicates there’s a nursing shortage, but new graduates are having a difficult time finding work

November 10, 2011 -- It took Jennifer Wieczorek, a 2008 graduate of Linfield College's nursing program, a year and a half to find a job using her degree – and she was the last person in her cohort to do so.

While in school, Wierczorek had a verbal agreement with Legacy Good Samaritan that she’d work there as an operating room nurse upon graduation. But it took longer than expected to pass her board certification exams, and by the time she did, Legacy didn't have a position for her anymore.

Pages

Subscribe to Christen McCurdy