Oregon needs more financial aid for nursing students and more educators, experts say

Nurses staff a mobile vaccine clinic in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) More scholarship money and perhaps tax credits would help stem Oregon’s nursing shortage, according to nursing students and deans of Oregon nursing schools. In an one-hour online discussion on Wednesday, they told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, that having[Read More…]

Lawmakers propose plan to expand access to primary health care, including visits to therapists

An empty waiting room at a Salem medical clinic(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that aims to expand access to primary health care for thousands of Oregonians. House Bill 4083 would require insurers selling individual and group plans on the federal health insurance marketplace by 2024 to offer[Read More…]

Patients responding well to treatment following first cases of drug-resistant yeast in Oregon

Salem Hospital (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) One of the Salem Hospital patients infected with a strain of drug-resistant yeast is responding well to treatment, and two others have shown no signs of infection despite testing positive for the fungus, health officials said. Salem Health and the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday[Read More…]


Oregon health officials urge boosters, say Omicron surge will see thousands hospitalized by February

A nurse cares for a Covid patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) State health officials warned Friday the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is expected to put thousands of Oregonians in the hospital by February – more than double[Read More…]


Covid made health care more complicated. Two grants will help vulnerable communities in Salem navigate it

Tricia Ratliff, who runs youth services for the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, explains how the house chore board works. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Two community groups in Salem will be able to provide more access to health care for their clients, thanks to a grant from Salem Health announced this[Read More…]