Sssshhhhhhhh! You’re at North Lincoln Hospital

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Jan 152017

North Lincoln Hospital
Lincoln City

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital to Begin Quiet Times for Improved Patient Healing

Beginning Jan. 23, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH) will be a more soothing and restful place for patients, with the start of hospital-wide quiet times from 2 to 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Quiet times are just one of the new interventions in the hospital’s initiative known as HUSH: Help Us Support Healing.

“Research shows that loss of sleep can weaken one’s immunity, lower pain tolerance and increase the length of stay in the hospital,” said Theresa Via, director of SNLH Quality Resources. “So, we formed a multidisciplinary committee and conducted a staff survey. This helped us to identify where our noise problems exist and how we can reduce or eliminate them. Then, the group came up with several easy fixes for keeping noise down.”

Creating a calm and healing environment throughout the hospital will be a team effort, she added, which is why visitors and patients, as well as employees, are being asked to respect quiet times and the other HUSH initiatives.

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Signs at hospital entrances will remind visitors and employees about the quiet times. During quiet times, lights will be dimmed and patient room doors will be closed, when safe and appropriate. Staff and visitors will be asked to silence their cell phones and pagers and to keep conversations quiet. Activities, such as stocking and cleaning, will be discouraged around patient rooms during quiet times, except when absolutely necessary.
Patients are being told about the HUSH program and provided with sleep kits to assist with rest. The kits include ear plugs, eye mask and a door hanger that reminds, “Voices down please.” Patients will be asked their preference about lights and doors, and will be provided with earbuds for listening to television or relaxing music. Pain assessments and interventions and snacks or soothing beverages will be offered, as appropriate.

All overhead paging in the hospital has been eliminated except for emergencies. Staff already is being reminded to keep conversations quiet and respectful at all times, and to minimize any unnecessary discussion in and around patient rooms. Staff has been encouraged to report any excessive noise being created by machinery, equipment, doors and so forth.

For more information about HUSH, call Via at 541-557-6406 or listen to KBCH-AM 1400 on Thursday, Jan. 19. Cassandra Nair, RN, manager of the hospital’s medical/surgical unit, will be a guest during the 30-minute Samaritan Health Report which airs every Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

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Former Lincoln County High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Luring a Student for Sex

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Jan 152017

Matt Love
Pleads guilty to luring student
CCJ photo

For those who know high school teacher and author Matt Love, his guilty plea to luring a female student for sex, has launched a wave of profound disappointment throughout Lincoln and Clatsop counties where he taught and mentored young writers for years.

In accepting his sentence from the court he wrote ““The narcissism that affected my character over the last decade or so has been obliterated,” Love said. “That person is gone forever. The only thing I want to make clear — it’s not her fault.”

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“Stronger Together” march to convene at Newport City Hall, Jan. 21, 11:30am

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Jan 142017

Newport City Hall

The Lincoln County Stronger Together March Committee is quickening the pace in pulling together final details for the march-rally event Saturday Jan 21 beginning at Newport City Hall. “We’re all very excited to be building this grass-roots coalition and getting to know each other. It’s truly a community event,” said Rebecca Austen, one of the organizers.

Gathering for the march will start at 11:30 a.m at Newport City Hall. The local march is in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and in other cities around the country.
The Newport Community Drum Circle’s Chandler Davis will greet early arrivals with traditional and indigenous hand drum rhythms from around the world beginning at 10:30 a.m. At noon, drummers will lead the march to the Hallmark Resort, where a rally will be held with guest speakers, music, coffee and networking.

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Keynote speaker is Jenn Burleton, director of Portland’s TransActive Gender Center, who has 20 plus years mentoring transgender youth and adults. An outspoken advocate on behalf of transgender and gender diverse children and youth, Jenn has raised local and national awareness of the challenges children and their families face.

Other speakers and performers at the rally include: Barbara Lee Turrill and Gib Bernhardt; Sheila Swinford and Nancy Campbell Mead from Central Oregon Coast NOW; Ineka Estabrook, PFLAG chair; Lisa Gray, Lincoln County Diversity Committee; Joanne Cvar, Oregon Rural Organizing Project; Omar Antonio, Centro de Ayuda; Maria Krause, Lincoln County Community Rights and Carolyn Crandall, Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee chair. Franki Trujillo Dalbey from KYAQ will be M.C. Three Twins and a Fish will provide music. Elected officials speaking are Toledo Mayor Billie Jo Smith, State Rep. David Gomberg, and Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall.

Hall said, ”I’m honored to participate in and support this event. In this time of change and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever for all citizens to step up and make their voices heard to support the institutions and values we all cherish.

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Weather or Not: DIY

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Jan 142017

News Lincoln County’s weatherman is off for the holiday weekend, so use the links below for do-it-yourself forecasts, observations and conditions. Our daily ‘Weather or Not’ reports resume on Tuesday morning.

wxon-twitterNOTE: Weather or Not’s Twitter feed will still keep you posted on any major changes in conditions, and you’ll get updated travel info and an abbreviated forecast each morning tailored to the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Summary: Observations

Forecast: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats

Travel: ODOT TripCheck, Activity Planner, Coast Range, Cascades

Marine: Local Waters, Bar Reports

Tides: Tide Tables

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Lincoln City Chamber Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale – April 21-23

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Jan 132017

Those interested in participating the Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale should plan to acquire and fill out the registration form and return it to the Lincoln City Chamber office anytime between March 1st and March 31st. The registration form will not be available until March 1st. Each garage sale will be listed on the map for $15, group sales are listed for $20.

After the firm March 31st deadline, the information will be compiled to create a map that lists participants, their location, and a short list of their sale items. The map will be printed in the Oregon Coast Today on Wednesday, April 19th. The Garage Sale runs April 21-23.

Large laminated “Garage Sale” signs will available for garage sale participants to borrow for a $15 refundable deposit. The Chamber will accept cash, check or credit cards for registration. The refundable sign deposit must be a separate transaction of cash or check.

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Big Rally in Portland demonstrating support for Affordable Care Act

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Jan 132017

Sen. Ron Wyden
in Portland rally to save the ACA.

Sen. Jeff Merkley
in rally to save ACA

From the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Merkley, Wyden, Blumenauer, Schrader and Bonamici Join Oregonians for ‘Our First Stand: Save Our Health Care’ Rally

Portland event to oppose GOP efforts to repeal Affordable Care Act

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden this Sunday will join Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and other Oregonians at Portland’s Self Enhancement Inc. Gymnasium, 3920 No. Kirby, Portland, for a rally to voice their opposition to efforts by President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The “Our First Stand: Save Our Health Care” rally, set for 11am, Sunday, January 15th, is part of a national day of action with similar gatherings throughout the country providing a platform for Americans concerned about losing their health insurance, staggering impending surges in health care cost, elimination of preexisting condition exemptions and other devastating consequences if the GOP succeeds in repealing Obamacare. The rally will also feature two Oregonians who will share their stories about how they directly benefitted from lifesaving provisions in the ACA.

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This past week, Republicans in the Senate narrowly passed a budget blueprint that is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act through a special procedural maneuver called budget reconciliation that would allow them to pass a repeal bill with a simple majority on a party-line vote. They are expected to bring the repeal bill to the floor in the coming weeks. House Republicans followed suit and passed a resolution similar to the Senate’s action today. President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he wants a repeal and “replacement” of the ACA to happen simultaneously, but in the nearly seven years since the passage of the ACA, Republicans have never agreed on a plan to replace it.

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