Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

With temperatures in the Willamette Valley hitting the mid-90s, medical providers and safety officials warn citizens to take precautions before exposing themselves to harsh weather.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Kaiser Permanente Northwest entered the Lane County health care market in 2016. The medical provider now serves about 5,000 members in the Eugene-Springfield area as well as over 17-hundred Medicaid patients.

Kaiser recently announced plans to expand and relocate to a new medical office in north Eugene.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Mounts says the space will be about six times larger than their current office and will offer new services like on-site labs and imaging.   

Tiffany Eckert

Friday afternoon, about 200 moms, dads, and children marched along the sidewalks outside PeaceHealth Medical Center RiverBend in Springfield. They rallied in protest of the hospital’s planned closure of the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center.

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Eugene’s low-income residents can soon get improved -and more accessible- care for their teeth and gums.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the White Bird Clinic is building a new dental facility.

PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center

On May 7th, PeaceHealth Oregon announced plans to close their Nurse Midwifery Birth Center by the end of summer. The hospital also made public a partnership with a Eugene-based physician’s group to provide Lane County mothers and families with a range of birth plan choices.

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert follows up on the controversial Birth Center closure plan and speaks with the CEO of Women’s Care about their plans to pick up where PeaceHealth expects to leave off.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has a dubious distinction right now. It’s top-ranked nationally as the worst for allergies, according to

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The modern American diet – with its on-the-shelf processed foods in grocery stores, Big Macs and Doritos Locos Tacos at drive-through eateries – has sparked super-sized health problems. That’s bad in itself, but data shows Native Americans suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than the general population, and diet is a factor.

There’s been a push among tribes to promote traditional, indigenous foods to offset these issues, as well as instill cultural identity among members.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this effort isn’t without its challenges.

Tiffany Eckert

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and each week KLCC has been addressing a topic surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we’re talking about decriminalizing mental illness and the importance of community.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Some terminally ill patients could bypass the 15-day waiting period for the Death With Dignity Act under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.

PeaceHealth Oregon abruptly announced last week that their Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield will close at the end of August. Soon after, a consumer advocacy group for the Birth Center started a petition to save it.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each week, KLCC addresses a topic surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we’re talking about the mental health of children in Lane County.

Sue Trezona

PeaceHealth Oregon announced last week it will close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield at the end of August. Some midwives say this will have a significant impact on the Lane County midwifery community and options for expectant mothers.

Sue Trezona

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks with retired midwife Sue Trezona who has delivered 3,029 babies in Lane County. Trazona reflects on the history of midwifery in Eugene and the future of the practice following the announcement that PeaceHealth Oregon plans to close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield by the end of August.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart

PeaceHealth Oregon, the largest health care provider in the region, has announced plans to close its Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield at the end of August.

Tiffany Eckert

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the coming weeks, KLCC will address a variety of topics surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we look at how Lane County Public Health works to prevent and treat mental health issues in a diverse population.   

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Members of the Oregon House will vote on Monday on a bill that would end non-medical vaccine exemptions for Oregon school students.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Expanded walk-in services and a telephone crisis line are part of White Bird Clinic’s new crisis center being developed near Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood.

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For the past 20 years a local nonprofit has helped Lane County immigrants find support and build community through gardening. KLCC’s Melorie Begay caught up with one family that cooks with food they grow as a way to keep their culture alive.

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Terminally ill patients who want to end their own life would have additional options under a measure up for a vote Monday in the Oregon House.

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The City of Eugene’s latest budget includes more than $280,000 to boost a mobile crisis intervention program that serves the area.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Affordable Care Act and the cost of prescription drugs are the focus of several town hall meetings this week with Congressman Peter DeFazio.

The Oregon Health Authority announced Friday a third-party review is underway to consider expanding Medicaid coverage for certain chronic pain conditions.

Paul Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon House voted Thursday to remove the requirement to have a prescription to buy certain medicines that some people use to treat allergy symptoms.

Recorded On: April 5, 2019

Air Date: April 8, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Recorded On: March 29, 2019

Air Date: April 1, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Oregon is again considering a single payer health care bill, and two state senators and three state representatives from Lane County are sponsors of a single payer bill.  Is single payer healthcare worth the trouble? What problems will it solve? What problems will it create? Should we encourage our Lane County legislators to continue to embrace the concept or reject it?

Rachael McDonald

A team of medical providers from Oregon and Washington recently returned from McAllen, Texas where they volunteered at a respite center administered by Catholic Charities. The center, which serves about 300 refugees per day, provides shelter and basic services, including medical care, to migrants who’ve been detained at the U.S. Mexico border.

Senate Bill 293 is making its way through the Oregon legislature. It's designed to get more Native Americans into medical careers in tribal communities across the state.

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Flu season saw a spike in late December but in Oregon, health officials report we’ve just hit the peak.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Supporters and opponents of a proposed expansion of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act spoke out at a hearing at the state capitol Tuesday. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

More people used Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to end their life in 2018 than in any other year since the law took effect in 1997. Now, state lawmakers are considering proposals that would expand the law to make it easier for someone to seek medical aid in dying.