Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Health professionals say despite some reports to the contrary, they’ve not found any actual cases of the novel Coronavirus in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on some preventative protocols in place at Sacred Heart RiverBend Medical Center in Springfield.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon parents have until February 19 to have their children up-to-date on their immunizations or claim an exemption.

In 2018, Tiffany Eckert reported on a Springfield boy who was looking forward to getting prosthetic arms built with a 3-D printer. This is an update to that story.

PeaceHealth Oregon has confirmed plans to cut 40 jobs across their four hospitals in Lane County. This over strong objections from the union representing hospital workers. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, many of the positions being eliminated are in the area of child delivery.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon has suspended all official travel to China, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Several health groups and Native American tribes are backing a bill to expand dental care across Oregon.

CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

On Thursday, The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Lane County Public Health got a “crash-course” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to identify the deadly virus.

Tiffany Eckert

Five of the nurse midwives who were fired when Peacehealth closed its birth center—have new jobs. McKenzie Willamette hospital has hired them to run a midwifery service in Springfield.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Parents of a 7-year old Eugene boy who died last week from a suspected case of the flu are warning other parents to pay attention and not dismiss signs of illness in their children. 


Nurses with Good Samarian Regional Medical Center in Corvallis have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with their employer.

Tiffany Eckert

White Bird Clinic has expanded services for more low-income Lane County patients. The 50-year old organization now has a new dental clinic in Eugene. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert toured the state-of-the-art facility.

Lane Transit District

Some Lane County residents on the Oregon Health Plan have access to free transportation to their medical appointments. Now, Lane Transit District is partnering with another provider to expand this service.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has expanded its smoke-free policy to prohibit the use of any tobacco products by anyone-- on all its properties. Implementation of the total tobacco ban, will include increased health services access to help people quit.

Douglas Public Health Network

Douglas County Public Health network has issued an alert for illicit opioid overdoses.  The action is based on a sharp spike in fatal and non-fatal overdoses occurring within recent days.

Schulke & Mayr GmbH

Oregon’s flu season has yet to hit the mid-way point. An uptick in influenza activity has health officials reminding “it’s not too late to vaccinate.”

Karen Olch

What will become of us when we die? For some, the answer may be immediate burial. A growing number of people want to be cremated. And- there is another after-death option-- WHOLE BODY donation. Oregon’s School of Medicine has a program which allows the deceased to become body donors for advanced medical education. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert brings us this story of a Eugene woman whose final wish was to give, what some call, the “ultimate gift.”

Oregon Nurses Association

Nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis say they’ve been working without a contract for nearly six months.

Oregon Nurses Association

More than 500 nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis have voted down a contract offer from Health Services executives. Issues in dispute include understaffing and forced overtime. 

HIV Alliance

In honor of World AIDS Day, HIV Alliance is promoting a new initiative to highlight how treatment leads to prevention.

The Greater Albany Public School District says all schools in the district will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Erika Westling / Influents Innovations

As e-cigarette consumption among teens increases, Eugene researchers are creating resources to prevent usage. An online, interactive program for fifth and sixth graders could help reduce child vaping.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

A director of a Springfield healthcare facility is the 2019 Eugene Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. The recipient is one of the first women of color to receive this honor.

Tiffany Eckert

About three weeks ago, Medicaid patients in Lane County were informed that by January 1, PeaceHealth primary care doctors and specialists would stop contracting with Trillium insurance plans and use Pacific Source instead. The move has created some confusion, but one Medicaid health care provider sees change as a good thing.

When PeaceHealth Oregon closed its Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in late summer— it left Lane County without such birthing services for the first time since the 1970’s.  On Wednesday, a community organizing group announced plans to open new, free-standing Birth Center in the Eugene-Springfield area.   

Tiffany Eckert

Health care providers are urging people to get vaccinated against Influenza. One of the most vulnerable populations is the homeless. White Bird Medical Clinic is hitting the road Friday to offer free flu shots at a another non-profit agency in Eugene.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), a $30,000 Environment Justice grant. The Eugene-headquartered organization will use the funds to help Benton County and Lane County farmworkers.

Tiffany Eckert

After a Lane County resident was diagnosed with measles earlier this month, public health officials started backtracking the patient’s movements. Four area businesses are identified as possible exposure locations. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

The City of Eugene now has the authority to file amicus briefs in federal lawsuits that ban abortions. That’s in accordance with a new resolution city councilors approved Monday night. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Lane County Public Health activated an incident command system in response to the two confirmed cases of measles in Oregon, Monday. Officials say more cases could start developing within the next few days.

Centers for Disease Control

Updated 10/28/19 at 5:30am to reflect new exposure sites from Oct. 21 in Lane County.

Original story: A Lane County resident and a visitor to Washington County have been diagnosed with measles. Their illnesses are linked to an individual with the disease who passed through Portland International Airport earlier this month.