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Gorge health focus scores prize

A national foundation has honored Columbia Gorge health providers and community organizations with a $25,000 award for their inclusive and collaborative approach to health care.

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Breast center gets clean bill of health

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has one of only seven nationally accredited centers dedicated to breast health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. That is no small achievement, said Dr. Kerry Proctor, medical director of the Breast Center in The Dalles, given that MCMC is an independent entity. Four of the other accredited facilities belong to Legacy Health, the largest provider system in the Portland/Vancouver area.

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Survivors offered wellness, healing

Yoga, parenting and health focus of classes

Families who have survived trauma, whether past or present, are being offered free classes and activities to aid in healing through HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge’s new wellness program.

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MCMC adds payment drop box

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has installed a drop box for payments on Third Street at The Dalles city hall.

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MCMC expanding in HR

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has signed a lease to occupy 12,500 square feet of the medical building now under construction in Hood River, immediately west of the new Hampton Inn.

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Francis retiring as MCMC CEO

Duane Francis, longtime president and CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 31.

Step into 'Blue Zone' for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

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Hospital creates financial hub

Potential patients can find help in one office, get an estimate of costs.

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Seeking a way forward

Sitting in the shade of a small migrant labor housing unit near The Dalles, John Jessup of White Salmon chats in Spanish with cherry picker Francisco Tamayo of Yuba City, Calif., as he relaxes after a long, hot day working in the orchards.

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Laboring for better health

Health workers promote better diet

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ALS claims local woman

An inspiration to all she met, MariAnne Sansour has succumbed to ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after a six-year battle that she fought on her own terms, with faith, grit and humor. Ironically, her death, on May 13, occurred during ALS Awareness Month. She was 69.

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The Dalles Air Coalition wants Hope [Arkansas]

This is the conclusion of a three-part series exploring the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West: When Amerities South, located in Hope, Ark., had its grand opening in 2011, Warren Nelson, director of Amerities Holdings, told the Hope Star “This land is clean and will be kept clean.”

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DEQ to test air quality in The Dalles

This is the second of three stories centered on the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West in The Dalles; Air monitors, used to measure naphthalene levels, will arrive to The Dalles by the end of the month, confirmed Brian Boling, a laboratory manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

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A ramp for Uli - and friends who made it

At age 15, progressing muscular dystrophy has robbed Ulises Elizarraras Perez of the use of his legs and largely stilled his arms.

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Tea is served April 16

Event benefits Pink Project program for cancer patients

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