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    FOUR - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, May 20, 2020
-Continued from PAGE ONE
with Columbia River Com-
munity Health (CRCH)
in Boardman concerning
COVID-19 testing. Houser
said that additional testing
is now being done on both
ends of the county since
Incyte Labs is providing
COVID-19 test kits and
Quest lab is providing 600
free lab tests as well. He
said that PMH is scheduled
to begin antibody testing in
June as the kits will be sent
from the state for use by
PMH. He said that CRCH,
which currently has a con-
tract with Interpath, is also
considering signing on with
Incyte Lab as well.
-learned from Houser
that he, Dr. Russ Nichols,
CNO Houck, and Lab Di-
rector Betty Hickerson will
meet prior to reinstating
elective scope procedures
(such as colonoscopies).
They will “discuss whether
the procedures will be done
on the scheduled patients
based on risk and person-
al protective equipment
levels.” The committee
decided that all patients
undergoing the procedure
will tested for COVID-19
the morning before the
procedure using the Abbott
Rapid test unit.
-heard from Houser
that COVID-19 meetings
are now held on Tuesday
and Thursday mornings in-
stead of daily. OAHHS con-
ference calls on COVID-19
have gone from two times
to once a week. COVID-19
meetings may further re-
duce as the COVID-19
pandemic eases.
-MCHD and the clinics
are following the gover-
nor’s and Morrow Coun-
ty’s plans for reopening
businesses and the clinics
are beginning to schedule
people for in-clinic visits
instead of telehealth visits.
They will be screened prior
to being brought into the
clinic and are encouraged
to wear a mask.
- “In honor of National
Hospital Week and National
Nurses week, an appreci-
ation barbecue was held
on May 13 to honor our
frontline RNs, staff and pro-
viders during this difficult
time,” said Houser.
-Houck provided a
COVID-19 update as fol-
lows: visitor restrictions
remain in place; the district
currently has a 60-day plus
supply of all personal pro-
tective equipment. The state
requires a minimum of a
15-day supply to perform
elective procedures, as well
as move Morrow County
into phase 1 of reopening.
“We will continue to moni-
tor our supply closely,” said
Houck. “We continue to get
weekly PPE distributions
from the state. We currently
have the capability to run
200 COVID-19 tests a week
in Morrow County.”
-Houck provided a
staffing update as follows:
current temporary part-
time staff Diane Hardy,
RN, and Ann Bennett, RN,
will move into full-time
positions (three shifts per
week); Janis Beardsley,
RN, will move into a regu-
lar part-time position (two
shifts per week); Laura
Huizar, CAN, will take
CMA Barb Coiner’s full-
time position. Coiner will
continue to work one shift a
week once she retires.
-the MCHD CEO hir-
ing process was approved
at the meeting, with the
recruitment period opening
July 1 and closing August
15. The start date for the
new CEO is January 1,
with CEO Houser working
through December.
-received the following
report for April (May data
was not yet available): Pi-
oneer Memorial Hospital
had seven in-patient ad-
missions, six swing bed ad-
missions; four admissions
for observation, one swing
(non-skilled) admission,
470 outpatients, 67 emer-
gency room encounters,
1,620 lab tests, 100 x-ray/
ultrasound tests, 19 CT
scans, three MRI scans, 31
EKG tests, 39 respiratory
therapy procedures.
-Home Health had 154
patient visits.
-Hospice had one ad-
-Pharmacy had 2,663
drug doses for $109,797 in
drug revenue.
-Pioneer Memorial
Clinic had 246 patient vis-
its, with an additional 16
visits at an additional clinic,
with five new patients, 13
seen by a nurse and four
-Irrigon Clinic had 294
patient visits, with 38 new
patients, 106 seen by a
nurse and 29 no-shows.
-Ione Community Clin-
ic had 50 patient visits, one
new patient, seven seen by
a nurse and zero no-shows.
-The monthly ambu-
lance report is as follows:
Heppner had 26 page-
outs with 19 transports
for $32,257 in revenue;
Boardman Ambulance had
39 page-outs with 19 trans-
ports for $38,183; Irrigon
Ambulance had 22 page-
outs with 11 transports for
$18,221; Ione Ambulance
had no transports; there
were two life flights.
-held an executive ses-
sion to review Houser’s job
-announced that the
next meeting to be held
June 29, has been changed
from the Irrigon Medical
Clinic to the City of Irrigon
with a provider dinner at 6
p.m. and the board meeting
to follow at 6:30 p.m.
PUC reschedules public hearing on
property condemnation request
Umatilla Electric seeks approval
to take property for new power
line easement
The Oregon Public
Utility Commission (PUC)
will hold a public hearing
Thursday, June 4 from 6
to 8 p.m. to take public
comment on a proposed
Umatilla Electric Cooper-
ative (UEC) plan to con-
demn certain property near
Boardman for construction
of a new 3.4-mile overhead
power line. UEC has filed
the required application
with the Utility Commis-
sion to begin condemnation
proceedings against sever-
al property owners along
the route, which have not
signed easement agree-
ments with the co-op.
If the condemnation is
successful it would clear the
way for the co-op to apply
to the Morrow County Plan-
ning Commission seeking
approval to build the 230
Kilovolt transmission line
from the planned Highway
730 switchyard near I-84 to
a new Olson Road substa-
tion at Boardman.
An original public
hearing scheduled for May
12 was cancelled by the
PUC the day prior. No rea-
son was given for the can-
cellation and rescheduling.
The June 4 hearing will be
held over the phone in the
evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
and the public can call in to
give comment. The phone
number is 866-390-1828
and the access code to join
the hearing is 2252868.
The public comment
hearing is an opportunity
for customers and mem-
bers of the public to offer
unsworn testimony to the
commissioners and Ad-
ministrative Law Judge.
Because the purpose of this
hearing is to take comments
from the public, Umatilla
Electric Cooperative (UEC)
and the other parties to the
proceeding will not make
formal presentations and
the commissioners will not
Heppner graduation
to be held May 30
The Heppner Jr/Sr
High School Graduation
Celebration will take place
on Saturday, May 30, at 2
There will be a gradu-
ate parade procession be-
ginning at 1:45 p.m. leaving
from Heppner Jr/Sr High
School, which will proceed
through town ending at
the Fairgrounds/Les Payne
Field where the celebration
will be held for graduates
and designated immediate
family members only.
The graduate parade
procession will be an oppor-
tunity for the public to wave
and cheer for the graduates
as it winds its way through
town. Heppner Jr/Sr High
School respectfully asks
that everyone avoid the
football field and parking
areas at the fairgrounds,
with the exception of grad-
uates and their designated
immediate family mem-
bers, in order to comply
with the desired Covid-19
HJSHS is working on
a plan where school staff
members will help collect
cards for graduates at the
Heppner Elementary foyer
area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, May 30.
During these unprece-
dented times, it is the intent
of the school to provide the
HJSHS Class of 2020 with
a memorable commence-
ment ceremony which will
enable each graduate to not
only to be proud of Heppner
Jr/Sr High School, but of
their individual accom-
plishments as well.
As May 30 draws near-
er, if the forecast calls for
adverse weather, there is
a more restrictive “Plan
B” which will involve an
indoor ceremony with very
limited access for each
graduate and their desig-
nated immediate family
members at Heppner Jr/Sr
High School.
current restrictions set by
Governor Brown, the fair
board decided that a large
mass gathering of their size
is not feasible this year.
However, they plan to hold
a fair in 2021.
The fair board will be
working with 4-H, FFA
and the Morrow County
Livestock Growers to help
support an exhibition of
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Commission of Oregon,
PO Box 1088, Salem, OR
97308-1088; via e-mail
to puc.publiccomments@
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to: Consumer Services Di-
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1-800-522-2404. Custom-
ers may also contact the
Administrative Hearings
Division for more infor-
mation at (503) 378-6678
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