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Briefly: Linfield College Pays $14.5 Million For New Home For Nursing Program

The new site is in Northeast Portland, the campus of the University of Western States, which specializes in chiropractic care. That university will be moving.

Linfield College is based in McMinnville, but for 35 years it's run a major part of its nursing program out of the space it leases at the Legacy Good Samaritan in Northwest Portland.

Nurses Say Bend Hospital Staffing Is Bad For Trauma Patients

Nurses' complaint triggers Oregon Health Authority investigation of St. Charles Health System in Bend.

A team of experts has investigated the operating room at St. Charles Bend, the state's only high-level trauma center east of the Cascades. This came after nurses filed another complaint with the Oregon Health Authority in late September.

Can Gov. Kate Brown Sell Oregonians On Her Vision For The State?

Oregon's governor has been in office four years yet faces a competitive race.

When Gov. Kate Brown was first swept into office by scandal, she benefited from comparisons to the man she was replacing, Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Reporters often characterized Kitzhaber as a lone wolf, a policy wonk, private.

Brown was different.

Briefly: Oregon Levies Its Largest Ever Civil Fine On Legacy Health

Legacy Health Systems is being fined $5 million — the largest civil fine ever imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

But Legacy said it’s fighting the penalty.

The fine comes after employees complained about being forced to skip meals and break times at Legacy's Meridian Park, Mount Hood Medical Center and Good Samaritan hospitals.

A statement from Legacy said it fundamentally disagrees with BOLI’s findings. It also said the investigation didn’t take into account the needs of patients and families, which sometimes require meal breaks to be deferred.

"Legacy Health has always been committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment. Legacy Health provides support for all of our staff in their work, including getting the meal breaks they are entitled to under the law. We remain 100 percent committed to ensuring the continued health and safety of our workforce," the health network said in a statement.

The statement also said Legacy will seek a hearing on the findings and vigorously defend itself.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries delivered notices of the fines to each of the three different hospitals. They said Legacy executives knew of the violations, but chose not to address them.

Legacy was fined more than a quarter of a million dollars last year for not giving staff breaks.

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Study: Urban/Rural Divide Narrows If Patients Get Same Treatment

Researchers at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that patients enrolled in the same study have similar outcomes -- regardless where they live.

Survival rates for cancer depend on where you live — at least partially.

Urban patients tend to do better than rural patients. Researchers have long tried to figure out how that divide happens in the first place.

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