Melorie Begay/KLCC News

A new mobile app developed by PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon takes users on a guided tour highlighting Black History throughout Eugene. The program includes audio, video and descriptions of several events and landmarks.

St. Vincent de Paul

Newly-discharged PeaceHealth patients who are homeless now have an option for safe shelter. 

Tiffany Eckert

Hospital caregivers at PeaceHealth RiverBend began receiving  vaccinations against COVID-19 Monday morning. KLCC was there to document the first shot given.

Atrium Health

Lane County Public Health announced Friday, at least 6,028 residents have tested positive since the first cases of the novel coronavirus were diagnosed in mid-March. Since then, case numbers have increased exponentially.  On Friday, state labs confirmed an outbreak at the Eugene Mission adding to the county's case count.


With concerns about hospital capacity and staffing, local hospital officials are urging the public to stay vigilant about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.

PeaceHealth Oregon Network

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the largest hospital in the Southern Willamette Valley has been preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. That has yet to come, but with winter approaching, hospitals remain at the ready.

Karen Richards, via Zoom

St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield started planning last summer to turn its warming kitchen into a commercial one. While the coronavirus hasn’t changed the project’s scope, it may shift the use.

Christoffer Poulsen MD

Peacehealth Oregon has begun testing patients for COVID-19 who come in with an emergency that requires hospitalization. The medical system uses “point of care” tests to quickly identify carriers of the virus and stop potential spread.

On Tuesday, health officals announced two presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Lane County. One is in a 69-year-old man, who is in stable health and quarintined at home. The other is in a 60-year-old woman who died on March 14 at Sacred Heart Riverbend Medical Center in Springfield.

PeaceHealth hospitals have been preparing for an influx of patients. That includes mobile medical units outside emergency departments.

PeaceHealth Oregon

With the number of novel coronavirus cases on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, PeaceHealth hospitals have implemented voluntary visitation restrictions. The controls are more about prevention than panic. 

PeaceHealth Oregon

The Western Lane Health Network (WLHN) recently opened two centers -on school grounds- to offer early intervention and behavioral counseling to children and teens on the central Oregon coast.

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.


Lane County’s largest hospital network will cancel contracts with two insurers on January 1, 2020. PeaceHealth will no longer be “in-network” for patients with Health Net or Trillium plans.

Four Oregon healthcare organizations have committed $2.68 million to help fund an affordable housing complex in Eugene.

The 51-unit apartment building will go up on the north side of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, across the street from Autzen Stadium. The site is adjacent to Lane County Behavioral Health. Chronically homeless individuals will become tenants and receive round the clock support services.

Jennifer Jordan is with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. They contributed $500-thousand dollars toward the permanent housing project.

Tiffany Eckert

PeaceHealth Medical Center, University District in downtown Eugene remains on a “modified lock down” status after a patient threatened staff on Tuesday morning. Hospital officials say access restrictions will stay in effect through the duration of investigations.

Tiffany Eckert

At the end of this month, PeaceHealth will close its free-standing Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield. Despite public outcry, hospital administration has shown no sign of changing the decision they announced on May 7th. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, some expectant mothers are now having to make new birth plans and decide where and with whom they will deliver their babies.

Tiffany Eckert

At the end of this month, PeaceHealth will close its free-standing Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield. Despite public outcry, hospital administration has shown no sign of changing the decision they announced on May 7th.

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

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.

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.

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.

Tiffany Eckert

Health care professionals representing all major labor unions at PeaceHealth RiverBend and University District hospitals rallied Thursday to stop a plan to outsource physician services, increase shift hours, and lay off staff. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked one of the hospital physicians to explain the current dispute.

PeaceHealth Rides

If you’re in Eugene, you may start seeing blue bike rack stations around town soon. And in a couple weeks, you can get access to them. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson has more.

On the first day of testimony, a Lane County jury heard evidence involving the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete who died in 2015 during an outbreak of meningicoccal disease.

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Tiffany Eckert

As part of a community-wide plan to improve health in Lane County-- hundreds of residents from all walks of life-- got together Wednesday night to simultaneously vote on which health issues they consider top priority. Electronic votes were tallied and KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was there for the results.

Meeting Date: June 20th, 2014

Air Date: June 23, 2014

Some 30,000 Lane County residents who had no health insurance last year are now covered by the Affordable Care Act. To provide care to the newly insured requires meeting challenges, not least of which is the nationwide shortage of primary care physicians.

Northwest Mothers Milk Bank

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend will now accept donations of breast milk. It's the first hospital-based project of its kind in Lane County. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports how the new milk drop site works.

Midwives and health care practitioners have long known mother's milk is the best food an infant can get. But, sometimes a woman can't produce milk for her new born. That's when other mothers can help.

Registered nurse and lactation consultant Jana Langeliers coordinates the donor milk drop site (at PeaceHealth Medical.)


PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend is implementing a new surgical safety program developed by the US Department of Defense. The first training is Friday at the Springfield hospital

Riverbend has earned industry recognition for surgical patient care as well as “middle of the road” scores on a national hospital safety ranking. Hospital staff says they want to get medical error rates to “near zero.” They believe TeamSTEPPS will help.