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Briefs: Week of July 4

PeaceHealth makes changes to urgent care clinic

SPRINGFIELD – PeaceHealth has announced updates to the University District urgent care clinic’s operating hours.

It will open at 8 a.m. and accept new walk-in patients until 8 p.m. The new hours go into effect June 28.

The change in the clinic’s hours is due to low patient visits during late-night hours.

The clinic has been open until 11 p.m. since relocating to University District from West 11th, but since December 2023, the average number of patients arriving during late-night hours has steadily declined. Over the last six months, fewer than five patients a day on average arrive between 8-11 p.m.

The University District urgent care clinic will continue to accept all patients, regardless of whether they have insurance or are covered by Medicare/Medicaid. The clinic also will see any patient, regardless of whether their primary care physician is associated with another health care group, or they are unconnected to a primary care physician. In addition, PeaceHealth Medical Group continues to explore ways its new pediatrics clinic at Valley River Center can better serve the community and is continuing to build out the operations of the new primary care clinic in Pleasant Hill.

The urgent care is located on the ground floor of the PeaceHealth Medical Group building at 1200 W. Hilyard St., Suite 110, with convenient access from both the parking garage off Patterson Street to the west and Hilyard Street to the east. 

Blood Drive

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets. Blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. 

July 9: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bi-Mart Corporation, 220 Seneca Road, Eugene.

Book a time: & 1-800-RED CROSS. Donate blood and receive a $15 e-gift card through June 30.

County ranks 1 in ‘healthiest employers’

Lane County has been recognized as the #1 healthiest employer in Oregon (1500-4999 employees) by the Portland Business Journal.  

The County’s dedication to wellness: 1) supports the reduction in health care related costs, allowing Lane County to invest more of its limited resources into direct services for the community, and 2) increases employee productivity, engagement, recruitment and retention.  

The Live Well Center, Lane County’s employee health and wellness center, continues to help employees maintain and improve their overall wellbeing at a reduced cost to the County. The County is continuously looking for low-cost, creative and effective ways of engaging employees in their personal wellbeing. Also, highlighted in the award is Lane County’s proactive approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion by examining internal structures, policies, and experiences through the lens of equity.

Local emergency podcast ‘when it hits the fan’ debuts

Lane County Emergency Management has launched a new podcast, “When It Hits The Fan,” designed to equip listeners with essential knowledge and resources to be prepared and stay safe during a disaster. 

“Our goal with ‘When It Hits The Fan’ is to reach community members in a format that’s accessible and engaging,” said Tiffany Brown, Lane County emergency manager. “We want to provide digestible and actionable information that people can easily incorporate into their daily lives to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. We hope to foster a culture of preparedness and resilience within our community.”  Episodes are share monthly and, so far, include:

•“Welcome! And, what the heck is emergency management?” – An introduction to the world of emergency management.

•”What do you mean we should be two-weeks ready?!” – Practical tips for ensuring your household is prepared for emergencies. 

Find the podcast on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify and you can also listen at 

Dog adoption promo kicks off 

EUGENE — Greenhill Humane Society is running its annual Red, White & Woof dog adoption promotion to get as many adoptable dogs as possible into new homes through July 7.

During the Red, White & Woof promotion, all dogs will go home with a summer-themed gift including toys, leashes, splash pads. Greenhill is open every day with adoption meet and greets from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. To see all the pups up for adoption, visit



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