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It’s hoped the Central Oregon Health Council just approved by state lawmakers will be a model for the state on how to cut healthcare costs and increase accessibility. The council includes representatives from all three Central Oregon counties, as well as those from hospitals and health insurers. This group has been doing things like targeting patients who use the ER as their primary healthcare provider and giving them other options. Dr. Robin Henderson, the Director of St. Charles Behavioral Health believes they're doing important work.  “We're not going to get more money to provide healthcare to those who can afford it; so we're going to have to figure out how to provide a better job and be a better community partner. It’s been an exciting thing to be a part of and one of the cool things I got to do in my career.” The Health Council has reduced ER visits and healthcare costs by providing those chronic ER users, with other healthcare options.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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