The Lund Report Launches Challenge Grant

Generous donors have contributed $40,000 toward a challenge grant. Please help us match that.

The Lund Report has big plans for hard-driving, in-depth reporting on the health-care industry and its major players -- from hospitals and insurance companies to the Oregon Health Authority, Legislature and pharmaceutical industry.

We will continue to provide you with stories on public spending, profits, state health care policy and industry trends that dive deep and maintain the highest journalistic standards.

As a longtime newspaper reporter and The Lund Report’s new editor, I am deeply committed to ensuring that our reporting is accurate, fair and comprehensive. Our goal is to provide readers with background not available elsewhere and to put stories in a wider perspective.

We’ve already done that since I started as editor in July. We broke the story of Moda’s impending $155 million deal with Delta Dental of California; our coverage of the Unity Center for Behavioral Health explored how financial incentives might have affected care; and our stories on the implosion of the heart transplant unit at Oregon Health & Science University looked at what was happening inside the institution to cause the breakdown. We're also following the money, starting with a report on the salaries of coordinated care executives and the flow of big pharma money to Oregon lawmakers, a story we will post this coming week.

And we’re just getting started.

In mid-September, I hired another former Oregonian reporter, award-winning writer Jessica Floum, as a staff news and investigative reporter, and in recent weeks brought on a former Register-Guard reporter and editor, Christian Wihtol as a regular contributor. I’ve also launched a nationwide search for a full-time legislative reporter who will offer in-depth coverage of the upcoming session in Salem and keep you informed of other news and developments.

We have ambitious journalistic goals and plan to grow, but we need your help to thrive. Thanks to generous supporters, we have a challenge grant of $40,000 that we’d like to match by the end of the year.

Please Donate

Any contribution will help -- and because we’re a 501(c)(3), your donation is tax deductible. You can send a check to us at our office at 1355 NW Everett St., #100, Portland, OR 97209 or donate with a credit card. We’d be happy to send a receipt.

Your money will not be wasted. Good journalism, so important in these times, takes time, skill and knowledge. That’s what we’re offering -- not quick clicks. We want to keep you informed about health care. It affects everyone, and the system is a mess.

The United States spends more than any other industrialized country on health care -- nearly 20 percent of gross domestic product or more than $3 trillion a year -- but is on the bottom of the heap when it comes to life expectancy.

Clearly, we can do better. That’s what our coverage is all about -- shining a light on a sector that needs scrutiny.

Thank you for your help.

You can reach Lynne Terry at Lynne@thelundreport.org or 503-349-2765.