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East Oregonian
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Friday, August 31, 2018
Last heart transplant doctor leaves Oregon hospital
PORTLAND (AP) — The only remain-
ing doctor in Oregon’s only heart transplant
program has resigned, leaving the state with
no medical facilities that can perform the
life-saving procedure.
Oregon Health & Science University is
now working to transfer the 20 patients on
its waiting list to other transplant centers,
including those in Seattle and the San Fran-
cisco Bay Area, The Oregonian/OregonLive
reported Thursday.
The Portland, Oregon, hospital notified
patients this earlier week that it was suspend-
ing its heart transplant program for 14 days
because one doctor had left and two others
had given notice, leaving one doctor to pro-
vide follow-up care.
The final doctor to leave did not give a
reason for her departure, which was reported
Thursday.
OHSU said it won’t evaluate new patients
for transplants, accept donor hearts or per-
form any transplant surgeries for two weeks
and is scrambling to find heart specialists to
add to its program.
But other medical centers that have been
forced to suspend heart transplants have
There are 3,930
people awaiting new
hearts on the national
transplant list.
taken months or years to resurrect a program,
the newspaper reported.
Renee Edwards, chief medical officer
for OHSU Healthcare, acknowledged that
the hospital could take longer to resume its
program.
Cardiac patients who don’t need trans-
plants can still be treated at OHSU, including
for such procedures as pacemaker implanta-
tion, she has said.
Eighteen heart transplants were done at
OHSU in 2016 and 30 more were completed
there in 2017, according to federal data.
There are 3,930 people awaiting new
hearts on the national transplant list.
A patient’s position on the list is based on
how well he or she matches with a donor,
how sick they are, and how many donors ver-
sus patients are in the area.
Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP
The Oregon Health & Science University Campus in Portland. The only remaining
doctor in Oregon’s only heart transplant program has resigned, leaving the state
with no medical facilities that can perform the life-saving procedure.
Judge backs Lost Valley dairy’s wastewater remedies
agreed on Aug. 30 to a pro-
posal by Lost Valley Farm to
increase storage space in its
manure lagoons by recycling
its wastewater.
The Oregon Department
of Agriculture had requested
that the facility be required
to scrape manure from dairy
barns rather than wash it
away, which the agency
By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI
EO Media Group
PORTLAND — A judge
has sided with a troubled
Boardman dairy’s reme-
dies for violating a settle-
ment deal over wastewater
management.
Multnomah County Cir-
cuit Court Judge Kelly Skye
argued would be accom-
plished more simply and
quickly.
“We think it’s achievable
on a short timeline,” said
Nina Engländer, an attorney
representing Oregon’s farm
regulators.
Elizabeth Howard, the
dairy’s attorney, argued that
scraping barns would create
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manure piles with the poten-
tial for further water quality
problems.
“There are a lot of oppor-
tunities there for incidental
discharges,” she said. “We
don’t want to be going back-
wards. We don’t want to be
having more discharges.”
A week earlier, the judge
found the dairy’s owner,
Greg te Velde, in contempt
of court for violating a judg-
ment requiring the facility to
maintain at least 75 acre feet
of manure storage capacity
at the site.
However, Skye did not
agree to ODA’s request to
sanction the dairy by halting
all wastewater production,
effectively putting it out of
business.
Aside from allowing the
dairy to recycle wastewater,
the judge also agreed with
its proposal to install multi-
ple flow meters to measure
wastewater production.
The dairy will also be
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required to install a weather
station at the site, among
other conditions.
The judge warned te Velde
that the consequences would
be harsher if the wastewa-
ter recycling doesn’t create
enough storage in manure
lagoons, results in leaks or
causes other issues.
“If I allow it to do it your
way, I’m probably going to
be harder on you,” she said.
The dairy has until Oct. 5
to switch to recycling waste-
water and to have a plan for
installing flow meters.
It must also have at
least 75 acre-feet of storage
capacity in its lagoons by
Nov. 6 or face the possibility
of a reduction in its herd size.
“We can’t just allow this
to go out of compliance all
winter,” Skye said.
The ODA had wanted the
dairy to stop producing all
wastewater if it doesn’t live
up to the remedies, since the
agency is “at the end of its
Lawsuit: Worker fired for
refusing to attend Bible study
PORTLAND (AP) — A man has filed
an $800,000 lawsuit against a construction
company, claiming the owner fired him after
he refused to attend Bible study.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Ryan
Coleman’s lawsuit was filed in Linn County
Circuit Court last week.
It states that after he was hired as a
painter for Dahled Up Construction owner
Joel Dahl told him all employees were
required to participate in regular Bible study
sessions led by a Christian pastor during the
work day.
The lawsuit says Coleman told Dahl
rope.”
“A big hammer has his-
torically been necessary to
get any movement,” said
Englander.
However, the judge said
she preferred to scale down
the herd size so the dairy
could demonstrate its meth-
ods are effective at improv-
ing wastewater management.
Lost Valley Farm has
repeatedly been cited by
ODA for spills and other vio-
lations of its “confined ani-
mal feeding operation” per-
mit since it began operating
in April 2017.
The agency fined the
dairy more than $10,000 and
sought a temporary restrain-
ing order to shut the facility
down, resulting in the settle-
ment deal over wastewater in
March.
The ODA then sought
a contempt of court order
for te Velde, arguing he had
willfully disregarded the
agreement.
that the requirement was illegal but Dahl
wouldn’t budge.
The suit says Coleman obliged for nearly
six months in order to keep his job but
was fired after telling Dahl he couldn’t go
anymore.
Dahl’s Albany attorney, Kent Hickam,
doesn’t dispute that Dahl requires employ-
ees to attend Bible study, but says it’s legal
because Dahl pays them to attend.
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errors. If you notice a mistake in the
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