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Healthy outlook for hospitals
High Five
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

South Coast hospitals and doctors look forward to health-reform benefits.

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.

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