RiverBend Now Offers Pediatric Surgery

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new program at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend offers a service that used to be available only in a city hours away from Lane County. Not long ago Portland had the only surgeons specialized in pediatrics in the entire state. But a year ago, Sacred Heart Medical Center brought one … 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 »

RiverBend Welcomes New Year’s Baby

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Leanna–that’s the name of the first baby born at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend hospital this new year. Leanna’s mom, Rita, gave birth to little Leanna at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday. She weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces. Rita’s due date was actually Dec. 31. The family says they were so focused on … 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 »

Sacred Heart Has Lowest Readmission Rate

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has the nation’s lowest re-admission rate for heart failure, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The CMS did a nationwide study between July 2008 and June 2011 and found that RiverBend has a 19-percent readmission rate for heart failure. That’s the lowest … 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 »

Oregon Hospital Infection Rates Less Than National Average

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The chances of you getting an infection at an Oregon hospital is significantly lower than the national average. As of last year, hospitals are required to report more types of infections. And those numbers show infections in Oregon hospitals are about 20 to 40 percent less than the national average. Most surgery … Continue reading »

32nd Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion at Riverbend

By Melissa Frey SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Families of all ages joined to celebrate life at the 32nd Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend Saturday. They’ve survived one of the most trying times of their lives and can now look back and celebrate. “Not being able to, you know, … Continue reading »