South Lane Co. Fire Board cancels 2nd meeting in a row

COTTAGE GROVE — There have been no board meetings since the June meeting in which South Lane County fire chief John Wooten was reinstated without disciplinary leave after the controversy around his social media posts. 

Both July and August meetings were canceled; there was no specified reason for the July board cancelation and the meeting in August was canceled because there was no quorum, said Leesa Martindale at the district. 

There are four fire board members remaining after Jennifer Radcliffe’s resignation in June; three would be the minimum number of people required for an organization to conduct business.

The next tentative board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

RiverBend earns 9th straight ‘Golden’ honor award 

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend received national recognition for its success and commitment to providing excellent care for stroke patients, according to nationally recognized, evidence-based practice guidelines.

This year marks the ninth consecutive year the RiverBend stroke team has earned the award, and the fourth year of recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. 

These dual awards come after RiverBend earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) GL-Healthcare – the highest level of certification a stroke center can achieve. RiverBend is the only stroke center with this certification between Sacramento and Portland.

RiverBend’s Stroke Team addresses the full spectrum of stroke-care diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education, and has established clear metrics to evaluate outcomes, officials said.



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