Health care
Rural doctor talks success, health care
April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jim-Mattes-GRHJim Mattes marked his 25th anniversary as Grande Ronde Hospital’s CEO this January, making him the longest-serving hospital CEO in Oregon.

Oregon ahead of federal law
High Five
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Senator says Oregon's recent health-care efforts will be further boosted by the federal bill.

Health-care bill passes
High Five
Monday, March 22, 2010

Oregon votes on party lines as Congress passes historic health-care legislation.

Jobs Watch: Lessons from New Zealand
Ben Jacklet
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Like Oregon, New Zealand has about 4 million residents, gorgeous beaches and a large and (let’s face it) obnoxious neighbor intent on dominating the regional economy. If you think Oregonians have a bias against California, try talking to a Kiwi about Australia.

Unlike Oregon, New Zealand has a functioning health care system, a low unemployment rate and no sprawl. The Kiwis didn’t avoid recession, but they did avoid getting creamed by it. Unemployment has spiked to 7.3%, the highest rate there since 1999, but nowhere near the double-digit woes we’ve been wrestling with in Oregon.

I’m no expert on New Zealand, but I liked what I saw during my recent travels there. A lot. Here are a few lessons I’m bringing back to Oregon, for what it’s worth.

Growth coming for Coos Bay hospital
High Five
Friday, March 12, 2010

Bay Area Hospital will break ground next summer on a 97,000-square-foot expansion, creating jobs in Southern Oregon.

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