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National Rural Health Day – Nov. 16
November 16, 2017 has been proclaimed National Rural Health Day in Oregon by Governor Kate Brown. Her proclamation, signed on October 5 acknowledges the dedication and challenges of providers of health care in rural communities.
This proclamation recognizes that rural Oregon is a wonderful place to work and live - people know each other and work together closely to
benefit their communities. At the same time, meeting unique healthcare needs of rural citizens is constantly evolving and challenging as the population in rural areas continues to age and represents a disproportionate number of under and uninsured citizens.
“There is a statewide shortage of health care providers in rural communities”, says Lisa Redfern, Executive Director of Women’s Health Center of Southern Oregon and a member of the Oregon Rural Health Association Executive Board. “In our area we are fortunate that our hospitals, clinics and private practice providers, as well as Allcare Health and Primary Health, our local coordinated care organizations, are so committed to providing such comprehensive and patient centered care in our community. “
“Rural health care providers are a special group,” Redfern adds “it would be easy for many of them to practice in larger cities but they choose to live here, raise their families here and work to make our community healthier and a better place to live. Join me in saying thank you to every health care professional serving our rural community.”
To learn more about the Oregon Rural Health Association or to support rural healthcare by becoming a member, visit orha.org
Amber Koonce, PA joining Women’s Health Center
Physician Assistant Amber Koonce will be joining Women's Health Center on November 27.
Amber earned her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Oregon Health Sciences University. She has been working in various areas of healthcare for over six years. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in women’s health as this has always been an area she feels passionate about. She knows she will appreciate and value the special trust and relationship she will develop with her patients. Amber recently returned to southern Oregon with her husband and daughter after many years living all over the world. She is excited to return to Oregon to provide care in her home community. Welcome Amber!
Dr. Medley discusses teen pregnancy on KOBI5
Dr. Tamara Medley was recently featured on a special NBC5 News special report on teen pregnancy in the valley and how schools and local organizations are working to keep those numbers in decline.
Click the links below to hear parts 1 & 2 of this special report.
Nancy Mason discusses menopause on KAJO
Nancy Mason, one of our Women's Health Nurse Practitioners, recently sat down with Marty Sether at KAJO in a Here's to your Health segment sponsored by Allcare Health. The topic was menopause and Nancy discussed what Women's Health Center can do to educate women and help treat their symptoms. Click on the link above for the full recording.
Bailey McCoy – Extreme Athlete
Congratulations to Bailey McCoy, Women's Health Center sponsored extreme athlete. Bailey tests herself to be her extreme best at various obstacle race competitions, including the Reebock Spartan Race. We are proud to support her efforts.
Sara Brelsford, WHCNP, joining Women’s Health Center
Women's Health Center will welcome Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Sara Brelsford in mid-October. Sara has a master’s degree in nursing and was a registered nurse for ten years in a rural hospital in Kansas prior to moving to Grants Pass and becoming a WHCNP. Sara is also a certified menopause practitioner. She is married to her best friend, Steve, and together they have two daughters, three sons, and a spoiled beagle that thinks she is a daughter, too.
Sneak Preview Features Women’s Health Center
Women's Health Center is featured as the front page Business Grapevine business in the August issue of Sneak Preview. Thanks Curtis for a great article! Not only that, but Dr. Tamara Medley and Dr. Felicia Cohen were chosen as two of the favorite doctors in the 2016 Best of the Rogue Valley poll. Congratulations! Check out the article: Sneak Business Grapevine August
WHC Wins Boatnik Float Awards!
With it's Candyland themed float, Women's Health Center won two awards at the Boatnik Parade on May 28! WHC was awarded 1st place as the best Commerical business float and received the 4th place Mayor's Award. The float committee worked tirelessly for weeks and all the hard work paid off. What a fun and rewarding day!
National Women’s Health Week, May 8 – 14
In honor of National Women's Health Week, Women's Health Center of Southern Oregon supports and encourages all women to take steps to improve their health and well-being. Whether you're in your 20's or 90's, making your health a priority is a key to a longer, happier life!
There is only one you. Take good care of her.
◾Visit Women's Health Center for your annual preventive exam and age-appropriate screenings
◾Add more activity and exercise to your day...
◾Eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed, sugary foods
◾Get enough sleep and pay attention to your stress level
◾Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, taking drugs, texting while driving and not wearing your seatbelt
◾Be in safe, respectful, healthy relationships
For more information on National Women's Health Week, visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
Named One of the Best Companies to Work For!
Women's Health Center has recently been acknowledged as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine for 2016. This is the 23rd year this list has been published and will be featured in the March edition of the magazine.
"We are not only honored and excited but it's also a great thing for southern Oregon as a vast majority of the top 100 are usually in Portland and northern Oregon," said Alison Pazourek, director of practice operations.
More than 235 companies and 10,730 employees statewide entered the two part scoring process which included a workplace policy evaluation and by conducting comprehensive, confidential employee surveys with topics such as training, work environment, benefits and job satisfaction.
"Our culture of mutual respect and teamwork means that we celebrate our professional and personal accomplishments together and this award is shared by everyone at our practice," said Dr. Tamara Medley, physician and partner at Women's Health Center.