Legacy adds another clinic to west side

Lmg_-_rh_exterior(posted: 9/17/14)  Legacy Health continued its expansion on the west side of Portland with the opening of Legacy Medical Group–Raleigh Hills on Sept. 16.

The new clinic follows Legacy's initial move into the western suburbs in the summer of 2013, when the health system opened two offices: Legacy Medical Group–Cornell, a two-story facility offering services including sports medicine and pediatric urgent care; and Legacy Medical Group–Forest Heights, a primary care clinic for all ages.

The Raleigh Hills clinic will offer family medicine, internal medicine and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, plus online scheduling and evening hours. In addition to primary care, the clinic will offer "mind-body medicine," advice about nutrition and lifestyle changes, and "evidence-based herbal medicine," according to Legacy's announcement. Mike Newcomb, DO, chief operating officer of Legacy Health, said the health system looks "forward to continuing to invest in primary care and specialty clinics that are located close to where our patients live, work and play on the west side.”  Read more here...

Health officials on lookout for virus

(posted: 9/17/14)  As of this writing, enterovirus D68, a respiratory infection affecting some children in the Midwest and Southeast, hasn’t been detected yet in Oregon.

Enterovirusd68Though the Oregon Health Authority knew of no cases so far, Legacy Health is taking precautions at its six hospitals, and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon has posted information on its website. Csaba Mera, MD, a pediatrician and Regence’s executive medical director, said the virus likely will reach the state, “because we’re a very mobile society, and the virus spreads by droplets and touching.”
Enteroviruses are common, with 100 known strains. About 10 to 15 million Americans get enterovirus infections each year, Mera said. The D68 strain may be more virulent. The virus mimics the symptoms of a cold, with fever, coughing and respiratory problems.

“We’re seeing more respiratory cases this month. This is an unusual time of year to have respiratory cases,” said Sayonara Mato, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Legacy. She is seeing two to four cases a week, which is still much less than the typical 20 weekly cases in winter. But is it D68? Until the numbers rise, specimens likely won’t be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing to confirm the virus subtype, Mato said.  Read more (via The Portland Business Journal)

Feds give Oregon money to increase access to primary care

Oregonmap3(posted: 9/17/14)  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $6.5 million to 29 Oregon health centers to expand primary care services.

The awards will enable the health centers to increase access to primary care by hiring about 95 new staff, including providers, and to extend centers' hours and add services such as oral health, mental health, pharmacy and vision. The Affordable Care Act funding will help the centers to reach an estimated 25,546 new patients in Oregon. Nationwide, HHS awarded $295 million to 1,195 health centers.

“These funds will enable health centers to provide high-quality primary health care to more people including the newly insured, many of whom may be accessing primary care for the first time in Oregon,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. Health centers provided enrollment assistance to more than 6 million people over the last year. Among the Portland funding recipients are Oregon Health & Science University, Outside In and Multnomah County.  Read more (via The Portland Business Journal)