Health and Wellness

Pandemic in periphery

After three years of historic illness and changes, last week rang in the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19. As a result, Oregon’s pandemic measures will undergo similar changes. Ending the public health emergency comes as COVID-19 weekly cases and hospitalizations are down drastically from previous years.[Read More…]

Dozens of PeaceHealth beds closing, nurses laid off

Today, PeaceHealth executives announced they would be closing dozens of hospital beds at RiverBend in Springfield and University District in Eugene. An entire medical unit at RiverBend will also be shut down. PeaceHealth executives are “canceling or declining to renew” contracts for 36 full time travel nurses at Sacred Heart[Read More…]

PeaceHealth RiverBend set to expand

SPRINGFIELD — PeaceHealth is broadening its reach, joining with Lifepoint Health to build and operate a new inpatient rehabilitation facility in Springfield.  For Alicia Beymer, chief administrative officer for both the Springfield and Cottage Grove PeaceHealth operations, identifying community needs was easy – but addressing it came with challenges.  “We’re[Read More…]

‘Kraken’ variant emerges

Respiratory virus prevention steps such as masking and avoiding gatherings helped limit RSV, COVID-19,  and influenza transmission over the holidays, but health officials say Oregon isn’t out of the woods yet.  The latest COVID-19 variant, unofficially nicknamed the “kraken,” has the potential to be widespread in the state, compounding challenges[Read More…]



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