It's a lot easier to say the acronym "STEMI" than to pronounce what it stands for: ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

It's the most severe kind of heart attack, the kind of heart attack Ashland resident Finn Honore experienced. 

He's alive to talk about it because he received treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. 

ARRMC just won an award from the American Heart Association for its handling of heart patients. 

Oregon's Medicaid Expansion Going Well

Jul 7, 2015
National Institute of Health

Oregon began putting its own spin on providing health care to the public even before the Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--took effect.  

  The work of the state's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan, is now distributed through CCOs, coordinated care organizations.  And a recent report from the Oregon Health Authority shows the system working well, despite an influx of newly-insured patients under the federal law.  

The "Medical Home" Model Explained

Jul 9, 2014
NIH/Public Domain

The term "patient-centered medical home" probably conjures up a number of images and ideas. 

It is not a home you LIVE in, but a home base of sorts, a place to get all of your medical needs addressed in one place. 

The concept is catching on in Oregon. 

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

Jun 27, 2014
Thierry Geoffroy/Wikimedia

Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money. 

Jorge Barrios/Wikimedia

Medical marijuana dispensaries will begin showing up in Oregon in the near future, thanks to a law passed by the state legislature this year. 

The Medford City Council recently voted to ban dispensaries, but the state law may trump that.

Kelly Piet Photography

Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Sep 21, 2013
Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Most life events can come in multiples, but we each get one birth and one death.

And we prefer to focus on the first, not the second.  Which leads to all kinds of issues for people who really need to talk about death, accepting it, and even hastening it.  Katy Butler's experiences with her elderly parents led her to write Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.