RiverBend up for Beauty Award

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is up for an award as the most beautiful hospital in America. There are 70 hospitals nationwide running for Soliant Health’s top twenty most beautiful hospitals. Rather than panelist deciding the winner, patients, hospital staff and the community will decide. To vote for Sacred Heart Medical … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth & CHI Suspend Joint Venture

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — PeaceHealth and Catholic Health Initiatives will not be partnering. The two suspended talks on a proposed joint venture. PeaceHealth says this was not personality driven, nor was it a disagreement over philosophy, but rather the inability to come to an agreement on technical financial issues that had to do with contracts and … Continue reading »

Fines for High Hospital Re-Admission

EUGENE, Ore. — As part of President Obama’s health care law, hospitals will pay stiff penalties for high re-admission rates. Those numbers include any patients who go back into the hospital within 30 days of getting out. The government is analyzing reports. KEZI 9 News checked with Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, whose readmission … Continue reading »

Bomb Scare Cleared at SHUD

EUGENE, Ore. — A bomb scare had EPD clearing the streets along the Sacred Heart University District Hospital near 13th and Hilyard Friday night. Officers say 30-year-old Michael Cole walked into the hospital claiming to have explosives in his backpack. The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit was called to the scene.¬†Using a robot, the team set … Continue reading »

Sacred Heart Honors Therapy Dogs

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some special visitors made the rounds at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend Sunday afternoon. That was where the hospital held its Annual Holiday Woof Party in honor of pet therapy dogs. The hospital wanted to commend some pooches and their owners for their service to all the Sacred Heart patients. About … Continue reading »

Eugene Nurses Nominated for Award

EUGENE, Ore. — The March of Dimes has announced the names of 183 finalists in its annual Oregon Nurse of the Year award, and 11 of those finalists live in Eugene. Eight of those finalists work for PeaceHealth and three work for McKenzie-Willamette. The March of Dimes says it chooses finalists based on their constant … Continue reading »

Simulation Tests Local Trauma Response

EUGENE, Ore. — Local trauma response teams got some hands-on training in the form of a simulated car crash Tuesday morning. EMS workers responded to the simulated accident, which consisted of actors and mechanical dummies to represent injured victims. Sacred Heart’s staff also got a piece of the action when those pretend victims were transported … Continue reading »

Reported Hospital Errors Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon hospitals reported more errors than ever before last year. The Oregon Safety Commission says 142 errors were reported in 2011–that’s up from about 125 in 2010. Of those, 88 involved serious harm to patients, but since individual hospitals were not named specifically in the report, we don’t know where most happened. … Continue reading »

Telemedicine Providing Critical Access

FLORENCE, Ore. — Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence was recently ranked one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the country, out of more than 1,700 rural hospitals. One of the reasons for the high ranking is telemedicine, which proved to be lifesaving for Carlton Schaffer, who suffered a stroke. Schaffer’s wife, Arlene, said … Continue reading »

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