southern Oregon

Hospital Finances: Rogue Regional, Three Rivers, Sky Lakes, Mercy Medical, St. Charles

At all five hospitals, revenue increased while charity care went down in the latest installment of our series on hospital finances

April 10, 2013 -- Revenue climbed at five central and southern Oregon hospitals in 2011, even as they all reduced how much they spent on charity care. Expenses were up as well, and four of the five saw profit margins decline, according to financial details revealed in this fifth installment in a series examining the state of Oregon hospitals.

Abortion, physician-assisted suicide dominate forum

Some are concerned over potential changes to Ashland Community Hospital under Dignity Health

Republished courtesy of the Ashland Daily Tidings

Oct. 1, 2012 -- Physician-assisted suicide and abortion dominated audience questions during forums held Thursday and Friday on a possible partnership between Ashland Community Hospital and Dignity Health.

Several of the nearly 100 people who attended voiced their concerns over Dignity Health's stance against the Oregon Death with Dignity Act and banning direct abortions unless the mother's life is at risk.

Southern Oregon Providers Work to Embed Behavioral Health into Primary Clinics

The effort, initially funded by a 2006 grant, is now being extended to coordinated care organizations in southern Oregon

March 24, 2012—A quick, 15-minute appointment with a mental health counselor to talk about the effects of stress and anxiety when a person has an ulcer is radically different than a traditional hour long appointment with a counselor. But providers in southern Oregon are discovering that such appointments, which integrate mental healthcare in the same primary care setting, go a long way toward improving a patient’s health.

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