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Marissa Harshman

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Stevenson woman donates kidney to Michigan man

By Marissa Harshman September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Kia Calderon-Dillon traveled more than 2,000 miles to give away one of her organs. She made the trek from her home in Stevenson to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a man she met only a couple of months earlier on Facebook.

More local choices for Washington Healthplanfinder

By Marissa Harshman August 27, 2014 6:37 p.m.

Clark County residents looking to purchase health plans in the state insurance exchange will have significantly more options to choose from next year. And one of the existing providers’ choices are going to be less expensive.

WomenHeart groups in Clark County help those facing heart disease

By Marissa Harshman August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of American women, claiming the lives of more than 400,000 women each year.

Kaiser pharmacy users see long waits

By Marissa Harshman August 20, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente members across Clark County and the rest of its Northwest region are experiencing pharmacy wait times significantly longer than usual — the result of a system upgrade implemented earlier this month. And Kaiser officials say it will take a few more weeks before those wait times show any substantial improvement.

Cancer-free 11 years, Meleah Darland, her family share their strength

By Marissa Harshman August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Meleah Darland was just 2 1/2 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Hepatitis C investigation ongoing

By Marissa Harshman August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

The monthslong investigation into possible hepatitis C exposure at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is still underway, and hospital officials say they don't have a timeline for its completion.

Battle Ground woman loses right leg, left toes to infection

By Marissa Harshman August 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Nearly two weeks of Kathy Hammersley's life are missing from her memory.

Facing recovery, following a stroke

By Marissa Harshman August 4, 2014 6 a.m.

One minute, Rick Dobson was sitting on the couch in his Kalama home watching the sunrise. The next, he was slumped on the floor, slowly losing the ability to move his left hand. Then his arm. Then his leg.

Vancouver doctors helping women near & far

By Marissa Harshman July 28, 2014 6 a.m.

At their office in Vancouver, Drs. Leslie Struxness and Lynn Osmundsen provide gynecological services to women. Earlier this year, they took their expertise overseas to help women in Nepal and Ethiopia.

Stores react to fruit recall

By Marissa Harshman July 24, 2014 8:32 p.m.

If you've purchased certain stone fruit from local Fred Meyer stores recently, you may be getting a phone call from the grocer alerting you to a product recall.

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