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Expert column: Responding to fear with action: COVID is wellness pressure test

PORTLAND — COVID-19 is the pressure test for wellness across all institutions and communities. The virus has brought with it the fear, anticipatory anxiety, loss of control and a sense of hopelessness that can undermine a person's emotional and physical well-being over time. Read more


Column: COVID-19 brought unforeseeable challenges for hospital systems

When Deschutes County’s first case of COVID-19 was announced at a press conference March 11, Dr. Jeff Absalon stood before a room of reporters and elected officials and assured the community that St. Charles Health System was ready. Read more


Neighborhood watch group helps La Grande's vulnerable residents

LA GRANDE — The homebound of La Grande may be shut in, but they are not being shut out during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more


How to connect during social distancing, especially for vulnerable populations

When was the last time you felt truly connected? Read more


Dental industry changes with COVID-19

LA GRANDE — Like the medical industry, the dental industry faced changes in light of COVID-19. Changes in policy and procedure in the dentist office are underway all across the nation, including at offices in La Grande, to protect patients and employees. Read more


Dentists deal with restrictions on procedures due to COVID-19

Dentists know quite a lot about pain. Read more


Wallowa County’s Winding Waters Community Health Center reinvents the horse and buggy

A century ago, a rural doctor often was a lone practitioner who might have traveled by horse and buggy, rendering care to patients in their homes. At the end of a long day and a longer night, the physician sometimes fell asleep and the horse dutifully took the buggy and doctor home. Read more


St. Charles cardiologist answers the call for doctors in rural areas

Like he listens to the rhythm of a heart, Dr. Bruce McLellan concentrates on the engine clicks in his Cessna P210 to identify any irregularities. Read more


Staying on top of heart disease

LA GRANDE — Heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths each year in the United States, making heart health a top priority at many hospitals and doctors' offices. . Read more

Being ready for unexpected health problems while traveling abroad

Scott Fairley could outwalk most other mortals. Read more

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