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Quality Stroke Care – It’s at Samaritan Hospitals

Samaritan hospitals honored for quality stroke care

Corvallis– Samaritan hospitals in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties have earned Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke awards by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The awards recognize commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The awards are:

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Samaritan Albany General Hospital – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

To qualify for the awards, hospitals must meet specific goals in comprehensive stroke care and meet quality measures developed to minimize the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or alteplase, known as tPA. This is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.  

“These awards represent a tremendous amount of teamwork, not just among our staff but with local EMS as well to provide coordinated stroke care to save brain tissue,” said Dan Sherman, RN, coordinator with the Samaritan Stroke Program. “Stroke care is very time-sensitive, and the fact that we have been recognized for so many years should be a source of pride for everyone who is involved in stroke care.”

Samaritan Albany General Hospital was also named a Primary Stroke Center by the accrediting agency DNV in 2019, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2012. 

The Samaritan Stroke Services team of specialists work together from the beginning of a patient’s visit and follow their care throughout the patient’s time in the hospital. The team helps stop the stroke, to reduce the patient’s disabilities from the stroke. For more information, call 541-768-6737, email SHSstrokeservices@samhealth.org or visit samhealth.org/Stroke.

Covid-19 Update

Taking extra precautions while dating during COVID-19

Across Oregon, college students are returning to campuses and finding that dating and relationships are different than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking precautions to protect oneself and others from acquiring or spreading COVID-19 continues to be an important part of our everyday lives.   

But, with the availability of vaccines and testing there is a natural desire to want to return to “normal,” to do the everyday activities we enjoy and probably took for granted before March 2020. For young adults, dating and intimacy can be particularly challenging with COVID-19 still being a risk factor.   

Here are some tips for staying safe while dating:  

  • Get vaccinated.  
  • Communicate your level ofcomfort and expectations.   
  • If it’s important to you, ask your date if they are vaccinated.  
  • If it feels safer, stick with virtual dating.  
  • If Zoom dates aren’t cutting it, consider outdoor activities like a picnic, hike or patio dining.  
  • Before meeting in person, ask your date how they have been feeling and if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms, postpone for 10 days.    
  • If you are in a crowd outdoors or are inside a public space, please wear a mask and physically distance.  

Sometimes navigating the world of dating, relationships and sex can be confusing and awkward, but with COVID-19 there are additional concerns and health risks.  

If you plan to be intimate, consider:   

  • COVID-19 can be spread by close, physical contact including kissing, sex and other acts that will likely exchange bodily fluids.  
  • If you or your date/partner think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, put a hold on sexual activities and discuss how you can practice safer sex moving forward.  
  • Having one sexual partner who has limited exposure to others in their daily interactions.  
  • Using condoms, internal condoms, or dental dams. 
  • If both of you are vaccinated, feeling well and are taking precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure, intimacy is likely to be safe.  
  • You are your safest sexual partner!  

Sex can and should be fun, healthy and loving. But please remember that the best intimate interactions also mean:  

  • Choosing not to have sex for any reason — if you don’t give yourconsentto continue — must always be respected.  

Possible Wild Fire has erupted…

5:25pm – Report of smoke in the forest off South Drift Creek Road – where South Drift Creek Road hooks up with Highway 229.  Firefighters are trying to determine where the smoke is coming from.

5:35pm  Smoke has drifted out of the immediate area.

5:45pm  Firefighters have tracked down the source of the smoke.  A homeowner is burning two burn piles.  Firefighters and local law enforcement are on scene confirming two burn piles were burning some refuse.  The fires have been drenched – the fires are out.  

The Delta Virus continues to grow and kill. Everyone Wear Masks!!

Covid-19 Delta variant

Cases and deaths from Delta Strain of the Covid-19 Virus 

There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,594 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 3,359 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 313,161. 

The 25 new deaths and 3,349 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the 3-day period between Friday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 19. 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (26), Benton (74), Clackamas (258), Clatsop (15), Columbia (40), Coos (59), Crook (3), Curry (5), Deschutes (225), Douglas (115), Gilliam (1), Grant (3), Harney (18), Hood River (15), Jackson (226), Jefferson (32), Josephine (127), Klamath (56), Lake (16), Lane (363), Lincoln (35), Linn (171), Malheur (38), Marion (398), Morrow (14), Multnomah (413), Polk (55), Tillamook (19), Umatilla (49), Union (67), Wallowa (7), Wasco (23), Washington (313) and Yamhill (80). 

Oregon reports 1,597 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept. 17, 996 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept.18, and 766 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept.19. 

It appears that those who haven’t been vaccinated yet are spinning the wheel at the gambling table.

Bad Crash east of Lincoln City near Highway 18

4:35pm  Vehicle crash at Panther Creek Road and Hillside.  Three women involved – one is trapped with her hair caught.

4:46pm  Air Ambulance is enroute.  Two patients are being transported to local hospitals.

5:15pm  One patient is being transported by air, likely to a trauma center in the valley or suburban Portland.

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