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 By Bill Bartlett    Health 

Sisters lands Alzheimer's conference

Sisters will take on the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease in a conference in May. A McGinty Conference — usually hosted in much larger communities — will be held at Sisters Commu... — Updated 4/16/2024 Full story

 
 By T. Lee Brown    Health

Head lice roam among Sisters students

Head lice are fairly common among school-aged children. Notifying parents of a small outbreak in multiple grades of Sisters School District, nurses called head lice “pesty nuisances.” Sis... — Updated 4/9/2024 Full story

 
 By Katy Yoder    Health

Sisters man warns of silent killer

Fred Woodworth is a jovial man who's quick to smile and even faster to help someone in need of his expertise. Known as the go-to general contractor/handyman in Sisters Country, he's built,... — Updated 4/2/2024 Full story

 

Deschutes County confirms plague case

Deschutes County Health Services last week confirmed a case of human plague in a local resident. The individual was likely infected by their pet cat. “All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided m... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 

Health care practice expands services

East Cascade Women’s Clinic has opened their second clinic, located at 865 SW Veterans Way in Redmond. The clinic prides itself on offering quality, compassionate care for women of all ages. This location opened January 4, and is now t... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story

 

County sees increase in overdose deaths

Deschutes County Health Services has identified a recent increase in overdose fatalities, and is urging those who use substances and their families and friends to take additional precautions. Four overdose fatalities within a six-day period... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 

Coping with long-term effects of caregiving

"Everyone has been or will be a caregiver at some point in their lives, and everyone will be a care recipient at some point in their lives." Dr. Richard Schulz knows this: He has devoted his... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 

Oregon health officials urge vaccination

With the new year, Oregon health officials are asking people to resolve in 2024 to get vaccinated against respiratory viruses that are on the rise in the state. Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer, and state epidemiologist at... — Updated 1/2/2024 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Getting your dog fit for winter

Does your dog really need a coat just because it's winter? Sisters routinely gets overnight lows in the single digits and commonly sees temps in the teens much of November through March.... — Updated 12/12/2023 Full story

 
 By Ceili Gatley    Health

Sisters volunteers treat kids in Honduras

Volunteers from Sisters recently returned from one of many trips to Honduras with the nonprofit Heart for Hope. Dr. John Spomer, now a Central Oregon resident, helps orchestrate the trips in... — Updated 12/5/2023 Full story

 
 By Katy Yoder    Health

Bringing puppy love to Sisters

For Joe Schneider, dogs have always brought companionship, calm, and renewal. Many times during his 30 years as a police officer, the welcoming wags and paws of his four-legged family... — Updated 11/7/2023 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Health insurance changes a concern in Sisters

Citing concerns related to patient care, access, and affordability, St. Charles Health System is evaluating its participation in all Medicare Advantage plans, including those from Humana,... — Updated 11/7/2023 Full story

 

School-based health clinic to host open house

Sisters has reached a milestone in access to health care as Mosaic Community Health assumed operations of the Sisters School-Based Health Center (SBHC) last month. On November 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., Mosaic Community Health will host an open... — Updated 10/31/2023 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Flu, RSV, and COVID on the rise

It’s flu season and Oregonians, healthier on average than the U.S. as a whole, usually shrug it off as a fact of life. However the season is more complicated when factoring in RSV and C... — Updated 10/10/2023 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Lab services now available full time at Sisters clinic

It's hard to miss the large, colorful banner adorning St. Charles Family Care Clinic on N. Arrowleaf Trail in the Outlaw Station shopping center. Neon-yellow all-capital letters on a fluoresc... — Updated 10/3/2023 Full story

 

School-based health center to expand

The Sisters School-Based Health Center (SBHC), located adjacent to Sisters High School, will soon expand its operations from two days a week to four days a week, thanks to a partnership between Mosaic Community Health, St. Charles Health... — Updated 10/3/2023 Full story

 

Grant helps caregivers

The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently granted $50,000 to Partners In Care to support development of a program aimed at increasing wellness for hospice and home health nurses. The Care for the Caregivers program starting at Partners... — Updated 9/26/2023 Full story

 

Sisters salutes...

Sandy Reilly of Sisters raised $1,800 for the Rotary's Ride for Alzheimer's earlier this month. According to Tate Metcalf of Sisters Athletic Club (SAC), Reilly organized approximately 14... — Updated 8/22/2023 Full story

 
 By Sue Stafford    Health

Heeding warning signs for women's health

Eighty-two-year-old Glenda Warren has been a resident of Sisters for 20 years. For much of that time, she has walked to her regular destinations, like BiMart, her hairdresser, and the... — Updated 7/27/2023 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Don't be rattled by snakes

Your odds of seeing a rattlesnake inside the city limits of Sisters are too low to calculate. Nobody seems to remember seeing one in town. Just east and north of town, it's a different story... — Updated 7/11/2023 Full story

 
 By Bill Bartlett    Health

Grass roots effort to tackle Alzheimer's in Sisters

More than 50 attended the first of what organizers say will be a continuing series of events in Sisters to grow awareness of and develop strategies to tackle the increasing devastation of... — Updated 7/4/2023 Full story

 

Sisters Rotary explores impact of Alzheimer's

Toward raising awareness of the global increase and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, the Council on Aging of Central Oregon and the Sisters Rotary Club will conduct a free series of talks on the morning of June 23 at the S... — Updated 5/30/2023 Full story

 
 By Katy Yoder    Health

Bringing a patient-centered model to health care

Dr. Sing-Wei Ho moved to Central Oregon 10 years ago after residency training in Colorado. She was offered a job with St. Charles in Redmond, so she and her husband headed farther west. She... — Updated 5/16/2023 Full story

 

Combating loneliness in Central Oregon

St. Charles Health System has a new focus for its Community Benefit funding: reducing feelings of loneliness and social isolation while fostering a sense of belonging among Central Oregonians. For the next three years, St. Charles will direc... — Updated 5/9/2023 Full story

 
 By Sue Stafford    Health

Sisters man lauds proton therapy

Longtime Sisters resident Bill Willitts is on a mission to reach as many men as he can to educate them about the value of proton therapy in the treatment of prostate cancer — a treatment w... — Updated 4/18/2023 Full story

 

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