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OCN Offers Free Cultural Competence Trainings

The Lund Report

February 21, 2012 -- Between February and May 2012, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) will offer free in-person and webinar courses to current and student healthcare professionals who would like to increase their cultural competence skills with patients and co-workers as part of the Cultural Competence Network (CCN) event series.

Dr. Nancy Boutin Awarded Medical Society’s President’s Achievement Award

The Lund Report

SALEM — Dr. Nancy Boutin, a Salem radiation oncologist, has been awarded Marion-Polk County Medical Society’s prestigious President’s Achievement Award.

The President’s Achievement Award recognizes doctors who have accomplished a noble deed in their lifetime. As a 22-year veteran of the Salem medical community, Boutin was instrumental in starting and pioneering the Palliative Care program at Salem Health, which focuses on improving comfort and quality of life for patients who are facing life threatening or chronic illness.

COHO Praises Oregon Senate for Passing Health Transformation

The Lund Report

February 15, 2012 -- The Coalition for a Healthy Oregon praised the State Senate Tuesday for passing Senate Bill 1580, the health care transformation bill that will help strengthen the patient-provider relationship through better coordination of care.

“This is a monumental step in the right direction,” said Jeff Heatherington, President and CEO of FamilyCare, Inc. and COHO’s legislative director. “COHO strongly supports transparency and enhancing patient-provider relationships, which is the key to making health care transformation work.”

Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at Northwest Health Foundation Awards Over $2M to Improve Health

The Lund Report

February 10, 2012 -- As part of its annual grant initiative funding projects, The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund awarded more than $2 million in grant funds to aid 19 organizations that address the social determinants of health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund is a philanthropic partnership between Kaiser Permanente Northwest and the Northwest Health Foundation.

PCMA Launches New Oregon Ad Campaign: 'That's What PBMs Do'

The Lund Report
Focuses on Increased Safety, Savings, and Convenience PBMs Provide Consumers and Payers

February 7, 2012 -- The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) launched a new ad campaign in Oregon that highlights the core value proposition of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The ad campaign - "That's What PBMs Do" - focuses on key themes including:

PBMs lower costs for employers, unions, and consumers

PBM mail-service pharmacies improve safety, savings, and convenience

PBMs help patients make informed prescription drug decisions and improve adherence.

National Urgent Care Group Opens Second Center in Oregon

The Lund Report
Doctors Express Transforms Medical Care in Portland Area

February 7, 2012 -- Doctors Express, the first ever national urgent care franchise is expanding in Portland just 9 months after they established their first center in Lake Oswego. Renowned Portland physician Dr. Lou Perretta joined the group as the Medical Director and is partnering with former Intel Executive Guru Sankar to build and operate the new urgent care facilities, combining clinical excellence with business savvy and a singular focus on patient service.

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