Christopher Heun

Help Me Rebuild Nepal

The story of one traveler to Nepal who started his own organization to rebuild schools and train teachers in remote villages

OPINION- The earthquake in Nepal two weeks ago killed more than 7,000 people and damaged more than 16,000 schools. Aid groups estimate that roughly 5,000 schools were completely destroyed.

A First for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospitalists: Some Good News

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In bizarre twist, PeaceHealth Medical Group comes back to the negotiating table, announces new hires and changes to management of the physicians, who say they are severely understaffed, overworked, and frustrated.

After nearly a year of conflict between hospitalists and the administration at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, which physicians there believe has led to unsafe conditions that endangered patient lives, the administration announced a new management structure last week, along with an inten

Sky Lakes and Cascade – “One and the Same”

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The tenacity with which Sky Lakes Medical Center and Cascade Health Alliance in Klamath Falls have sought to squash competition in Klamath County alarms many independent practitioners.

“The monopolization of healthcare in Klamath County is just tragic,” said Becca Meek, a nurse practitioner and nurse midwife who runs Klamath Women’s Clinic and Birth Center.

Nurse Practitioners Shunned While People Wait for Care

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Spurned by Cascade, independent nurse practitioners want to help solve the primary care backlog in Klamath County. Sky Lakes Medical Center contends that it has added the necessary providers to care for the 50 percent more enrollees who joined last year. This article is the first in a two-part series on healthcare in Klamath County.

There is a long history of animosity and mistrust in Klamath County between independent nurse practitioners and the local coordinated care organization, Cascade Health Alliance, which dates back more than two decades.

How Does a University Decide to Vaccinate an Entire Student Body?

University of Oregon faces “monumental logistical effort,” and a potential bill as high as $7 million to offer vaccinations for strain of meningococcal disease that has killed one student and hospitalized three others.

Outbreaks of meningococcal disease keep popping up on college campuses across the country and attract plenty of media attention. But what doesn’t get much coverage is how different schools decide to offer vaccinations to their students.

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

OHA names state dental director after 9-month search

A big challenge facing Bruce Austin in the new position is to find ways to fit oral health into the larger healthcare transformation under way in the state.

The Oregon Health Authority has named Bruce W. Austin as its first statewide dental director after a nine-month search that struggled last summer to find candidates with adequate policy and public health experience.

The truth about measles in Oregon

Statewide, 95% of children have the measles vaccine, but nonmedical exemptions are rising. Private schools and charter schools are more likely to have “extraordinarily low rates” of vaccinations.

While it’s true that vaccination rates for schoolchildren in Oregon are among the lowest in the country, there is a finer point to consider: the risk of infection is not evenly distributed and is much more likely to be higher in private and charter schools.

What’s next after Cover Oregon?

OHSU president urges caution at Oregon Health Policy Board meeting as legislature moves quickly to dissolve the health insurance exchange.

Dr. Joe Robertson, the president of Oregon Health & Science University, sounded a cautionary note last week about the future oversight of the state’s health insurance exchange.

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