Impact Your Health Eugene officials announced that its services are available for Creswell residents in need of free dental extractions. The service will be available at the Lane Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 14 by appointment only; no walk-ins.

The organization has provided more than    $1 million in free dental, medical, and eye care to thousands of people in Lane County. This year it is providing free dental extractions at the Lane County Fairgrounds in coordination with Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry and local Oregon Oral Surgeons. Each year it serves homeless individuals, veterans, and this year people affected by the wildfires. 

This year it is limited to free dental extractions with COVID-19 screening, medical clearance, temperature checks, social distancing, and hand-sanitizing stations. Less than 100 people will be allowed in the building at a time. All individuals entering the building will also be required to wear a mask.

 Call 541-937-2786 and leave a message. A volunteer will return the call to schedule an appointment. Event organizers still need volunteer dental assistants. Personal Protective Equipment will be provided for dental professionals including N95 masks, disposable gowns, and face shields

Pediatricians see COVID-fueled rise in childhood obesity, mental health issues

Kaiser Permanente pediatricians are seeing significant weight gain in children as they come in for their annual well-child physicals. Inactivity (lack of sports, play, PE, etc), stress, and unhealthy eating habits are combining to reverse recent improvements in childhood obesity rates. The percentage of children considered obese is expected to jump in 2020, after declining slightly in the past 10 years.

Doctors are also seeing a rise in mental health issues among children and teens, ranging from sadness and stress to anxiety and depression.

PeaceHealth Cottage Grove earns honors for patient care, clinical excellence

 

PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center was honored for providing outstanding patient care and setting a high standard in clinical excellence by Premier Inc., a healthcare improvement company.

 PeaceHealth Cottage Grove was named a finalist for the 2020 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare. Cottage Grove was honored with the QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare in 2016 and has been an award finalist for each of the past four years.

In addition to being named a finalist, Cottage Grove was recognized for achieving top performance among its Critical Access Hospital peer group in Premier’s Quest 2020 collaborative. These hospitals were evaluated for mortality, readmissions, affordability and safety. Cottage Grove also has received the Premier Supply Chain Excellence Award for the sixth straight year.

 Cottage Grove was one of 24 hospitals nationwide – and the only one in Oregon – to be a finalist for the High-Value Healthcare Award.

RiverBend using cutting-edge robotic technology to diagnose lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, in part because it shows no symptoms early on and by the time it is diagnosed it has spread to other parts of the body. More than 90% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer do not survive the disease.

To improve the outlook for our lung cancer patients, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is embracing innovative technology.

“RiverBend is proud to be the first medical center in the Pacific Northwest to use the Monarch Platform to enable earlier and less invasive diagnosis of lung cancer,” said Todd Salnas, chief operating officer for PeaceHealth’s Oregon network. “This latest addition to RiverBend’s suite of robotic tools underscores PeaceHealth’s commitment to finding new ways to diagnose and treat illness to better serve our patients and communities. 

“Our commitment to innovation has remained steadfast even through the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Monarch at RiverBend is the first in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and one of 60 in use throughout the United States, according to the manufacturer Auris Health, which is based in Redwood City, Calif.

Nursing homes, assisted-living facilites can have indoor visitors, with conditions

Licensed nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities that qualify may begin allowing limited indoor visitation for residents. The new guidelines went into effect Nov. 2.

Residents may have up to two visitors at a time to meet with in an approved area.

To qualify, a facility must:

* Have no suspected or current COVID-19 cases;

* Follow visitation requirements detailed in the policy and related guidance;

* Be in a community with a low or medium rate of COVID-19 exposure; facilities in communities with high incidents of COVID-19 may only have visitors indoors who qualify under the compassionate care policy.