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'Breakthrough cases' of COVID-19 in four Oregonians after fully vaccinated: Should we be alarmed? Expert says "No"

| Feb 18, 2021 | Oregon

Dr. Louis Picker, associate director and professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, said there is no reason to be alarmed about “breakthrough cases” of COVID-19 after vaccination.      A “breakthrough case” is an infection from an illness in which the vaccinated...[ Read More ]

Three hospitals in Oregon make Healthgrades' top 100 hospitals list

| Feb 17, 2021 | Oregon

Three hospitals in Oregon were named to Healthgrades' America’s Best 100 Hospitals 2021. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland made the top 50 list, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas and Providence Portland Medical Center made the top 100 list.     Kaiser Sunnyside was also named among America’s...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Herd immunity, Rep. Moore-Green, Workforce report

| Feb 9, 2021 | Oregon

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It's a long way from our first story on Oregon health care back in 2012! If you'd...[ Read More ]

Oregon state officials brace for chaos in the vaccine rollout while Gov. Brown continues to receive criticism

| Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon officials at the state and county levels are bracing for chaos in the vaccination rollout as seniors who are living independently are now eligible for the vaccine, beginning with those who are 80 years and older. Meanwhile Gov. Kate Brown continues to receive criticism from the House and Senate...[ Read More ]

Representative Moore-Green is focused on access to care and mental health policy in 2021

| Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

Representative Raquel Moore-Green says she is focused on setting the foundation for assessing Oregon’s resources to address mental health issues in her role as the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health and as a member of the House Health Committee this session.     She says that her...[ Read More ]

OHA releases health care workforce needs assessment

Emily Boerger | Feb 8, 2021 | Oregon

The 2021 Oregon Health Care Workforce Needs Assessment report finds the state’s health care workforce needs increased diversity and better geographic distribution. The Oregon Health Authority released the biennial report, which focuses on evaluating diversity in the work force and specific needs in underserved parts of the state, on Wednesday....[ Read More ]

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