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OHSU Doernbecher and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Partner to Bring Nationally Ranked Neonatal Care to Southwest Washington's Sickest Infants

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January 26, 2012 -- PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (PHSW) and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital have joined forces to ensure critically ill newborns and infants in the region receive the highest quality, most advanced medical treatment close to home. 

Dr. Charles Kilo Believes Competition Drives Up Healthcare Costs

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Calling himself a dyed in the woods capitalist, he suggests we focus on the social determinants of health rather than spending more on healthcare services

January 18, 2012 -- As policymakers wrestle with transforming Oregon’s healthcare system to control costs and improve quality, competition stands in the way, according to Dr. Charles Kilo, chief medical officer at Oregon Health & Science University.

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

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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.

Yale Chooses Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center for Review of Bone Growth Product

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Center will analyze data on patients given controversial product as part of spinal surgeries

December 5, 2011 -- Yale School of Medicine has chosen the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University as one of two research centers that will independently review all clinical studies of a controversial product used in spinal surgeries to promote bone growth.

The selection of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center comes after Yale had entered into an unusual agreement with Medtronic, the manufacturer of the bone growth product — called bone morphogenetic protein-2 — to independently review the product.

Less Paperwork, More Patient Focus Can Dramatically Improve Care, Expert Says

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Inefficiency continues to plague the medical system, according to Dr. David Reuben director and professor geriatric medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine

November 16, 2011 -- Surveys of doctors show that now more than half think that providing higher-quality medicine may lead to losses in their earning power, a belief that may help explain why an exceptionally high number of patients don’t get recommended care, according to Dr. David Reuben MD, who spoke at the OHSU Foundation for Medical Excellence annual lecture earlier this week.

OHSU Mirror Therapy Expert to Provide Free Training in Vietnam

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Pain specialist wins grant to teach therapy for amputees in nation with high prevalence of people who've lost limbs

November 16, 2011 -- Oregon Health & Science University's Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is an international expert on a novel therapy for "phantom limb pain" — real pain suffered by people who have had an arm or leg amputated. Darnall has studied and treats people with "mirror therapy," which lessens or eliminates the pain by tricking the amputee's brain into believing there was no amputation.

Thomas Aschenbrener Honored by OHSU

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He joined nine other leaders who helped establish Oregon as a national leader in nursing education

May 20, 2011 – Thomas Aschenbrener, president of Northwest Health Foundation, was honored for his exceptional leadership in advocating for nursing, for supporting nursing education and for his longtime commitment to public health in Oregon by the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University.

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