Foundation Manager Will Simons demonstrates how the new vein viewer helps nurses like Sue McCarthy at Grande Ronde Hospital find those deep veins in some patients. The GRH Foundation purchased two vein viewers during this year. (Grande Ronde Hospital photo)
The Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation has spent more than $1.6 million in contributions since 1995 for patient care equipment, thanks to generous donors, annual fundraising events and responsible management of its financial assets.
Wallowa County at first glance may seem a world apart from mainstream America, but it has a lot of the same challenges as bigger cities: people are concerned about adequate school funding, clean drinking water, and increasingly, care for the elderly.
Susan Nason displays the new medical coding book that coders will learn from. Nason is in charge of the Health Information Department at Grande Ronde Hospital where she will help train personnel in the federally mandated ICD-10 medical coding system.
Old system is being upgraded nationwide to one that has 115,000 alpha-numeric codes, each 5 to 7 digits long
LA GRANDE — Medical coders throughout the United States are under a federally mandated deadline to learn and utilize an entirely new set of medical codes by Oct. 1, 2014.
The current International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision or ICD-9 was developed by the World Health Organization, and it has been in use by coders since 1979. This system with its 24,500 codes seems simplistic now compared to the highly specific ICD-10 system, which has 115,000 alpha-numeric codes, each five to seven digits long.
To the beat of the music, Jeanette Smith, center, leads a group of La Grande Middle School students in an energetic workout session. Fifty sixth-graders from the La Grande School District have been working out each Friday morning in May, for two hours, at the Grande Ronde Fitness Club as part of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
May is “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month” — a good opportunity to promote activity that will carry over for the rest of the year, especially among school children.
The Grande Ronde Fitness Club in La Grande and the Baker County YMCA in Baker City are doing just that as they invite school children to their clubs to enjoy a fun workout.
“We have had about 50 sixth-graders from the La Grande School District here each Friday this month to work out on the different stations. It’s part of the ‘Adopt a School’ program for kids’ fitness this month,” Club Manager Cory Sudbrock said.
Humorist Frank Sullivan had a collection of his columns published under
the title “Well, There’s No Harm in Laughing” back in the 1970s.
It’s a great title and a great sentiment, certainly preferable to the
oft-repeated “Laughter is the best medicine,” which is an
ISLAND CITY — Virginia McLaughlin of Island City is as good at waltzing
through the noon hour as she is at staying a two step ahead of Father
At age 90 McLaughlin enjoys few things more than doing the waltz during midday dance sessions at the Union County Senior Center.
“I like the rhythm of the dance. I feel like a swan gliding over water,’’ McLaughlin said.
A swan who moves better than people many years her junior.
It was a bold stroke.
A step that likely was controversial — one taken in 1912 by Rev. T.A.
Schoenberg, then the new pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in La
It was a move that revealed Schoenberg’s foresight and is one of many
steps taken by La Grande Zion Lutheran church leaders and congregation
members that will be commemorated this weekend as the church celebrates
its 120th anniversary beginning Friday.
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