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Columbian Health Reporter

More whooping cough cases reported

December 15, 2017, 8:56pm Clark County Health

Hudson’s Bay High School is the latest Clark County school to send letters home to parents after health officials confirmed cases of whooping cough. Read story

Tuberculosis testing urged for 187 at Wy’east

December 13, 2017, 7:17pm Clark County Health

Clark County health officials are recommending tuberculosis testing for 187 students and staff at Wy’east Middle School who may have come into contact with someone with active TB. Read story

Nurse practitioner surrenders license

December 12, 2017, 6:40pm Clark County Health

A Clark County nurse practitioner sanctioned by the state health department in 2009 for overprescribing opioids at the Payette Clinic has surrendered her license following additional charges related to overprescribing. Read story

During the 2016-17 school year, just 41 percent of Mountain View High School students were up to date on all of their immunizations.

Whooping cough strikes at Mountain View High School

During the 2016-17 school year, just 41 percent of Mountain View High School students were up to date on all of their immunizations.

December 11, 2017, 5:52pm Clark County Health

Half a dozen students at Mountain View High School have contracted whooping cough since last month. Read story

Zack Groen of Woodland has gastroparesis, a debilitating digestive condition, and recently received a gastric device surgically implanted in his stomach to help improve his digestive function. Although Groen said the device hasn’t stopped his gastrointestinal symptoms, it has improved his body’s function by about 40 percent.

Device gives Woodland man with digestive disorder hope for a new life

Zack Groen of Woodland has gastroparesis, a debilitating digestive condition, and recently received a gastric device surgically implanted in his stomach to help improve his digestive function. Although Groen said the device hasn’t stopped his gastrointestinal symptoms, it has improved his body’s function by about 40 percent.

December 11, 2017, 6:05am Clark County Health

Zack Groen doesn’t know what “normal” feels like. Read story

Joel Justus, a central sterile technician, receives a flu shot from Lindsey Wreden.

Flu season in full swing in county

Joel Justus, a central sterile technician, receives a flu shot from Lindsey Wreden.

December 10, 2017, 6:06am Clark County Health

Flu activity is heating up in Clark County and across the country, and health officials say the strain circulating doesn’t typically respond as well to the annual flu shot as other strains. Read story

A program that provides low-cost health coverage for nearly 4,000 Clark County kids is in limbo, and most families who rely on the program are unaware of its uncertain future.(istock)

Funding for CHIP remains in limbo

A program that provides low-cost health coverage for nearly 4,000 Clark County kids is in limbo, and most families who rely on the program are unaware of its uncertain future.(istock)

December 6, 2017, 7:26pm Clark County Health

A program that provides low-cost health coverage for nearly 4,000 Clark County kids is in limbo, and most families who rely on the program are unaware of its uncertain future. Read story

Molina Healthcare of Washington is one of two health plans responsible for managing physical health, mental health and chemical dependency services for Southwest Washington's Medicaid population.

Coordinated care reshapes health service

Molina Healthcare of Washington is one of two health plans responsible for managing physical health, mental health and chemical dependency services for Southwest Washington's Medicaid population.

December 4, 2017, 6:01am Clark County Health

Clark County emerged last year as the state leader in integrated Medicaid services. A review of the first year of integrated physical and behavioral health services shows Clark County residents are benefitting from the new approach. Read story

Dawn Horner sits for a portrait in November with her Jack Russell terriers, Mollie and Cooper, at her Vancouver home. Horner was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2014. She has never smoked — though most everyone assumes she must have — and she is now dedicated to educating people about lung cancer.

Stage 4 diagnosis drove nonsmoker to teach that it can happen to anyone

Dawn Horner sits for a portrait in November with her Jack Russell terriers, Mollie and Cooper, at her Vancouver home. Horner was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2014. She has never smoked — though most everyone assumes she must have — and she is now dedicated to educating people about lung cancer.

December 4, 2017, 6:00am Clark County Health

More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Eighty to 90 percent of those diagnosed are current or former cigarette smokers. Read story

Vancouver resident William Gilbert, left, shares a moment with registered nurse Mandy Herrera during his stay Nov. 13 at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Nurses in two units of the hospital implemented a no-cellphone policy in patient care areas that is now spreading to the rest of the hospital. Patient satisfaction scores have increased since the policy was implemented.

Legacy Salmon Creek nurses check their cellphones

Vancouver resident William Gilbert, left, shares a moment with registered nurse Mandy Herrera during his stay Nov. 13 at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Nurses in two units of the hospital implemented a no-cellphone policy in patient care areas that is now spreading to the rest of the hospital. Patient satisfaction scores have increased since the policy was implemented.

November 27, 2017, 8:51pm Clark County Health

Checking Facebook during downtime. Texting while taking a break at the nurses station. Responding to emails and checking work schedules between patients. Read story