Flu Season Update

EUGENE, Ore. — Local doctor’s offices are still getting inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. At PeaceHealth, H1N1 admissions have doubled in the past week. That was before school started and people went back to work. Health professionals say the risk increases in large gatherings so they are trying to eliminate people’s fear of vaccinations. … Continue reading »

Lane County Facing Doctor Shortage

EUGENE, Ore. — Insurance plans are starting to kick in for people who signed up on Cover Oregon, many of whom didn’t have insurance before. Now, the search is on for doctors to treat everyone. Peacehealth officials say there’s a major shortage of primary care doctors in Lane County, and with the influx of customers … Continue reading »

Walk/Run to Remember Loved Ones

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Walkers and runners are honoring lost loved ones today in an event hosted by PeaceHealth . Several people registered at Sacred Heart Medical Center to participate in the second annual Walk/Run to Remember. Organizers say the $15 registration fee will be donated to the hospice programs to help with the bereavement programs. … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth Pregnancy Programs Change

  SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Over the summer, PeaceHealth eliminated 55 positions in Lane County as a plan to reduce costs. Because of financial strains some programs were also asked to reassess their effectiveness. Months ago if you logged on to the parenting website, you would find a long list of classes being offered at different … Continue reading »

Cameron Merrill Memorial Blood Drive

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It was all smiles and some tears at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield Monday. The community came out to give blood in honor of a 2-year-old boy who lost his battle to cancer this year. Cameron was only 19 months when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He … Continue reading »

Hospital Recognized for Surgical Quality

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center was honored among other big named hospital Tuesday. Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of over 300 hospitals that’s part of the American College of Surgeon’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Quality care. Quality outcome. That’s what Sacred Heart Medical Center says it focuses on. “The award within … Continue reading »

Sacred Heart Honored for Surgical Care

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend was recognized for surgical patient care in 2012. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart was one of 37 hospitals to achieve the recognition. It ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals that participated in the respected American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. “I am … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth Cuts Nearly 500 Jobs

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — PeaceHealth announced Tuesday it will be cutting nearly 500 jobs in Oregon, Washington and Alaska in an effort to cut costs. Administrators say PeacHealth employs about 16,000 people across all three states. Oregon West Network CEO John Hill says the majority of the impact will be felt in southwest Washington; but local … Continue reading »

Hospital Plans for New Psychiatric Unit

EUGENE, Ore. — The Sacred Heart Medical University District is set to get a new in-patient psychiatric unit. The unit will be moved from the Johnson Unit, to the ground floor of the support services building. The ground floor is currently a parking garage. The goal of the renovation is to design a more efficient … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth Faces Financial Struggles

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s largest health provider is bracing for major cuts. PeaceHealth says it needs to find a way to fill a $130 million gap for the 2014 fiscal year. It’s suspending hiring immediately for open positions and reviewing them on a case by case basis. PeaceHealth’s president issued a statement today saying … Continue reading »

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