Health and Fitness



Training focuses on mental health

Instructor Julie Larson lectured a class of 15 or so adults, ranging from interested community members to school and medical personnel, on how to help adults experiencing an immediate mental health crisis.

January 18, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..


TD practitioner to provide screenings

One Community Health’s Kristen Foskett has stepped forward to spare children from having to travel to Portland for physical exams and specialized sexual assault screenings that can be used to build a criminal case against their abuser.

January 2, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..


Jacobson awarded for ‘exemplary service’

Wayne Jacobson’s career as an internationally recognized expert on hearing aids and hearing health became his passion after he fitted his first patient with a hearing aid in 1976. Forty-two years later, in early December of this year, Jacobson became the fourth-ever recipient of the Marylene Freshley Award, which honored his “years of exemplary service and commitment to the hearing health industry.”

December 22, 2017 10:50 a.m. read more..


Nurses object to mandatory shot or mask

Several nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles are objecting to a policy that requires them to wear facial masks if they don’t get a flu shot out of the belief that their health privacy rights are being violated. They also argue that patients are made uncomfortable by seeing caregivers who are not sick wearing masks.

December 20, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..


Health District gains accreditation

The North Central Public Health District is among the first 10 such districts in Oregon to earn accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. The voluntary accreditation means the health district meets nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidence-based standards.

October 4, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..
 

Hospital turns corner financially

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has “turned a corner as a whole,” said its new chief executive officer, Dennis Knox. He said rumors that the hospital would be closing its doors due to financial issues were unfounded.

August 18, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


MCMC may sell visiting health services

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is considering options for its unprofitable visiting health service that include keeping it but reducing losses, or selling it to another company. MCMC officials hope for the former.

August 18, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Gym fundraiser honors boy who died

It’s a workout for a good cause. This coming Friday, Aug. 11, CrossFit The Dalles will engage in a day-long fundraiser for the family of Parker Lee Perkins, a 4-year-old boy from The Dalles who died July 30 as a result of an off-road vehicle accident near Goldendale, Wash. Two CrossFit coaches – Hailey Tenneson and Britt Gannon – came up with the idea because Parker Perkins’ aunt, Michelle Austin, regularly works out at CrossFit, which is located at 312 Court St. in downtown The Dalles.

August 8, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..


Smoke creates health hazard

There are currently no active wildfires in the Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties; however, smoke coming from fires elsewhere has caused poor air quality in The Dalles. North Central Public Health District reminds residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

August 3, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..


Well-being surveys set out

A wellness survey landed in several thousand mailboxes in The Dalles to establish a baseline for the Blue Zones Project as it begins a three-year effort to improve community wellness.

August 2, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


New chief plans future of MCMC

Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s new president and chief executive officer, Dennis Knox, wants to see urgent care clinics established in both The Dalles and Hood River. Knox is confident that his 37 years of experience as a health care executive, and co-founder of Urgent Point, a national company, will help move those projects, and many others, forward.

July 18, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Health district faces staff cuts

The public health district is getting more money from each of its three member counties in the upcoming budget, but is losing a large, one-time funding source. The ensuing belt-tightening, including the loss of a temporary office worker along with other cuts, will not affect the current hours of the health district’s walk-in clinic, the service it is best known for.

June 13, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..
 

Blue Zones starts work in TD

The initial outreach work of The Dalles Blue Zones Project — a three-year community wellness initiative — begins next week with a series of focus group sessions over three days. The focus groups will seek input on a variety of topics, from creating more trails and sidewalks, to ways to make workplaces more productive and employees happier, to how churches can contribute to the town’s well-being.

May 19, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

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