Health & Medicine

Health, Medicine

Tiffany Eckert

A Lane County teen, who lost his friend to suicide, has started a non-profit to focus on the issue. We first met this young man earlier this year as part of our series on Suicide Loss.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A medical non-profit facility in Eugene has expanded its hours and added a doctor. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this means the White Bird Clinic is now open to more Medicare patients.

PeaceHealth opened a same-day clinic in South Eugene on July 22nd.

Looking Glass

Last month, Looking Glass opened its newly remodeled Regional Crisis Center, which offers residential mental health treatment to vulnerable youth in Lane County.

Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon

PeaceHealth has remained steadfast in its plan to close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield, at the end of August. Thousands of Lane County residents have petitioned against the move. Now, members of the medical community have added their voices.

PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center

Lane County commissioners heard public comments Tuesday night from several people protesting the planned closure of Peacehealth’s Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield.

Rachael McDonald

The White Bird Clinic provides free or low cost health care for people with low incomes in the Eugene area. They've also been taking care of people's mental and physical health at the Oregon Country Fair since the first fair in 1969. 

Oregon Legislature

Starting in January, a new Oregon law will require pharmacies to provide visually-impaired patients with a device that’s programmed to read prescription information out loud.

The units are called prescription readers. They read a chip applied to medication bottles and convey information about dosage, side effects, refills, etc.

270-thousand children across Oregon will now get comprehensive vision screening in public school districts and preschools.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers have decided not to regulate kratom, a drug widely sold at convenience stores.

Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would provide free in-home visits from nurses to parents of newborn babies. 

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

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

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.

Matt Howry / Flickr

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.