Twenty years in, Salem-Keizer dental program provides screenings, care for thousands of kids

Dentist Brian Westover and dental assistant Steven Sadaya care for a Scott Elementary School student in the Tooth Taxi. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Dentist Brian Westover leaned over a reclined chair. “I’m just gonna make your tooth go to sleep, buddy,” he explained to his young patient, a second-grade student at[Read More…]

Oregon insurer sues Salem company over revenue losses, Medicare overcharges

Published in a cooperative arrangement with The Lund Report. A Roseburg-based health insurance company specializing in Medicare coverage in western Oregon has filed a lawsuit against two contractors in a $60 million dollar dispute over lost revenue and overcharges to the federal government. Atrio Health Plans accuses Performance Health Technology[Read More…]


Measles case confirmed in unvaccinated Salem patient

Salem Hospital (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Measles has been confirmed in a Marion County resident, county health officials announced Tuesday. The patient is from Salem and is unvaccinated for measles, said Katrina Rothenberger, the county’s public health director. Rothenberger said the county was not releasing the patient’s age or[Read More…]


No suspected measles cases in Salem following local exposure

Two weeks after a traveler contagious with measles visited several locations in Salem, there are no local suspected cases of the disease, health officials say. The Marion County Health Department is continuing to investigate after a contagious person from Illinois visited three Salem locations and Portland International Airport in late[Read More…]


Health officials monitoring measles exposure sites in Salem

A person contagious with measles visited multiple locations in Salem from Feb. 18 to 22, local health officials said Friday. The Marion County Health Department is working with Oregon Health Authority to notify people who may have been exposed. Most Oregonians are vaccinated against measles and are not at risk[Read More…]


UPDATE: No measles in Marion County, lab finds

Update: Lab tests indicated a suspected measles case was not measles, the Marion County Health Department said Saturday afternoon. Original story below: Health officials in Salem are monitoring a suspected measles case, the Marion County Health Department said Saturday. It’s currently unknown whether the suspected case is connected to the[Read More…]