Threat Prompts Precautions at St. Charles

Officials Increase Security After Threat From ER Patient

There was an increase of security patrols at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend on Thursday due to a threat made about a month ago by a patient in the ER. St. Charles safety department and police interviewed the man who made the threat for March 8th. They did not believe the person posed any risks, but he does have a 60-day no trespass order.

However, with security and hospital staff on high alert, a staff member did report a suspicious package at a bus stop outside of the hospital. The box was checked out by security staff and turned out to be a thermometer for concrete that was being poured as part of an ongoing construction project.

There was also a small dumpster fire reported at the hospital on Thursday, but according to St. Charles staff, that was put out within about ten minutes. Bend Fire happened to be at the hospital for unrelated reasons, which allowed to respond within minutes.

St. Charles Madras Reveals New Expansion and Remodel Ahead of Total Eclipse

The city of Madras, Oregon is expecting more than 100,000 visitors in the days leading up to the total solar eclipse, and among the many preparations being made for the crowds St. Charles is opening the expanded and remodeled areas of the Madras hospital.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

Man Sustains Severe Burns Trying to Save the Family Dog

A college student is recovering from severe burns at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Health Center in Portland after putting his own life at risk to try to save the family dog.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, the student’s family is now asking for help for their hero in need.

If you’d like to donate, you can visit Brent’s GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/brents-heroism-burn-recovery.

Therapy Dog Volunteers Needed at St. Charles

The use of therapy dogs was started by a registered nurse named Elaine Smith, who in 1976 noticed how well patients were responding to visits by a chaplain and his golden retriever. After observing these benefits in her own patients, Smith started Therapy Dogs International, a program for training dogs to visit institutions and the demand for therapy dogs grew from there.

Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean takes a look at how therapy dogs are making an impact on the lives of patients and employees at St. Charles Medical Center.

St. Charles to Close Women’s Health Clinic in Bend

Some women  in Bend are looking for a new OB/GYN after St. Charles Health System announced that it will be suspending its services at the Center for Women’s Health Clinic.

Patients received a letter from St. Charles in the mail over the holiday weekend informing them that the OB/GYN services at the Center in Bend were going to be suspended and encouraged them to contact the Center for Women’s Health in Redmond if they want to stay in the St. Charles System.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with the president of the St. Charles Medical Group, John Weinsheim, and an OB/GYN from the East Cascade Women’s Group, Diana Ackerman, about the potential impact of the Center shutting down.