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OHSU Halts Oregon's Only Heart Transplant Program

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The academic medical center has lost or is losing half its team of transplant specialists. The departures follow management shakeups at OHSU.

UPDATED: Aug. 29 at 12:05 p.m.

Oregon heart transplant patients have to go elsewhere for now.

Briefly: Nurses In The Dalles Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association, who've been working without a contract since the end of June, appear to have resolved their differences with management at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles appear to have resolved their labor dispute with management.

They've reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, the Oregon Nurses Association announced. Its members will vote on the deal next week. 

Briefly: Kaiser Lands $1.4 Million For Opioid Study

Researchers will look at the role of opioids in suicides to help tools for clinicians in hopes of preventing more people from taking their lives.

Kaiser Permanente's research center in Portland has landed a $1.4 million grant to study the role of opioids in suicide.

Briefly: Feds Give Oregon Community Health Centers $2.3 million

The yearly grants mark a slight decrease from last year.

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced Wednesday it was giving Oregon nearly $2.3 million this year in grants to community health centers.

That marks a slight decrease from last year's total of nearly $2.5 million.

Moda Negotiating A Major Infusion of Capital

Confidential sources tell The Lund Report that a deal is in the works that could eventually lead to another insurance company holding a majority of seats on Moda's board.

Speculation has swirled for years that Moda Health, Inc. would fail or be taken over.

Now it looks as if it will be the latter. 

Portland Faces New Measles Threat

For the second time this summer, Oregon health officials are trying to limit a potential outbreak.

Oregon health officials announced a new measles threat in the Portland area on Saturday. 

Briefly: Oregon Center for Public Policy Hires New Executive Director

Alejandro Queral, who moves into the position Aug. 30, impressed the search committee with his varies skills and commitment to collaboration.

 

The Oregon Center for Public Policy, a think tank in Southwest Portland, has hired a new executive director.

Alejandro Queral will take the reins Aug. 30, after leaving his current position as director of community investments for United Way Columbia-Willamette.

New Toolkit Aims to Stem Violence In Hospitals

A total of 170 nurses, nurses aides and other hospital staff in Oregon were injured between 2013 and 2015 in attacks, mostly by patients.

When it comes to workplace violence, hospital nurses, aides and other staff members are among the most vulnerable.

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