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Rite Aid Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life

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April 25, 2012 – The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $5,000 grant to Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life, located in Portland, OR. Lines for Life will use the grant to purchase program materials for the Our Data, Our Voice program, a teenager-led initiative which focuses on combating and preventing teenage substance abuse and suicide.

Regence to Discontinue Select Individual Products in Oregon

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Product changes expected to improve premium affordability

April 25, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon has notified the Oregon Insurance Division and the Oregon Family Health Insurance Assistance Program of an upcoming discontinuation of select Individual insurance products.

Beginning October 1, 2012, Regence will commence a 12-month rolling discontinuation of the following plans in the Individual market:

Ashland Community Hospital in Negotiations with Dignity Health

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Its board of directors agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations to form a partnership

April 25, 2012 -- On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the Ashland Community Hospital (ACH) Board of Directors agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with Dignity Health with the goal of forming a partnership that will strengthen both organizations and enable ACH to continue to provide high quality healthcare services to Ashland, Talent and the surrounding area for generations to come.

Exceed Enterprises Receives $20,000 Grant from Kaiser Permanente

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April 24, 2012 – Exceed Enterprises has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program to help pay for an instructor’s salary to launch our Work Assessment & Readiness Program that will provide vocational training, skill development and job readiness for people with disabilities.

ZoomCare to Open Five New Neighborhood Clinics from Salem to Vancouver Washington

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Innovative Oregon company increases access to high quality affordable healthcare

April 24, 2012 -- ZoomCare plans to open five new neighborhood clinics over the next several months in Multnomah Village, downtown Portland, East Burnside, Salem and Vancouver. The six year-old company plans to open the Multnomah Village clinic on May 10, beginning a steady expansion that will bring ZoomCare to a total of 15 clinics, an increase over today’s 10 clinics (nine in Portland and one in Seattle).

OHSU Appoints Michael Tom as Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director

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April 17, 2012 -- Oregon Health & Science University has named Michael Tom its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director (AAEO). The AAEO department at OHSU plays an important role as a resource for patients, staff, faculty, students and employment applicants to support diversity and prohibit discrimination across the university's missions of patient care, education, research and outreach.

Oregon Selected For a National Pilot Project to Improve the Use of Psychotropic Medications Among Children in Foster Care

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Multi-year quality improvement initiative awarded based on state’s progress

April 13, 2012 -- Oregon continues efforts to ensure the most appropriate use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system. Based on this progress, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today that Oregon has been chosen as one of five states that will be part of a national pilot project focused on improving use of medication among children and adolescents in foster care with mental and behavioral health needs.

Bend's Volunteers in Medicine Announces Winners of Its Annual Heart of Healthcare Award

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Recognizing Central Oregon medical professionals who donate care to the medically underserved locally, nationally or internationally

April 13, 2012 -- Bend's Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) today announced
the winners of its annual Heart of Healthcare award. The two recipients are Dr. Catherine Quas, a pediatric dentist/orthodontist at Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics; and Dr. J. Randall Jacobs, director of the Bend Memorial Clinic's Urgent Care Department.

"At our clinic in Bend we work every day with Central Oregon medical

Carole Romm Retires from Central City Concern

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April 13, 2012 -- Carole Romm retired from her position as Public Affairs Director at Central City Concern on March 2. She continues her work at CCC as co-leader of HEARTH (Housing, Employment and Recovery Together for Health), a research partnership with PSU and OHSU which is funded by the NIH and Northwest Health Foundation.

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Appoints Deputy Director

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April 5, 2012 -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today that Director Patrick Allen has appointed Jean Straight as deputy director of the agency.  

Straight has served in state government for 15 years, most recently at the Oregon Youth Authority, where she has been the assistant director in charge of business services since 2008. She also worked for the Secretary of State’s office as deputy and in a number of management roles.


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