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From left,  Alanna Palmer, Lisa Ford and Leslie Disher stand next to the da Vinci Robotic Surgical system after completing a robotic hernia surgery at the new Vancouver Clinic Surgery Center.

Vancouver Clinic robot streamlines surgical procedures

From left,  Alanna Palmer, Lisa Ford and Leslie Disher stand next to the da Vinci Robotic Surgical system after completing a robotic hernia surgery at the new Vancouver Clinic Surgery Center.

March 24, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

Last week, two Vancouver Clinic surgeons worked with a team to perform robotic hernia and hysterectomy surgeries. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 case rate dips this week

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March 23, 2023, 12:33pm Clark County Health

The Clark County COVID-19 case rate decreased slightly this week, with a seven-day case rate, measuring new cases per 100,000 people, of 35.7 Thursday, down from 38.5 March 16. Read story

Sandra Sermone poses with the Presidential Award she recently received due to her work trying to cure her son's rare brain disease.

Brush Prairie woman receives 2022 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Sandra Sermone poses with the Presidential Award she recently received due to her work trying to cure her son's rare brain disease.

March 21, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

In 2008, Sandra Bedrosian Sermone gave birth to twin boys, Tony and Rocco. Early on, Tony was in and out of the hospital for four years with no diagnosis as he lost the ability to swallow, walk and talk. Read story

A group of NW women battling breat cancer train for dragon boat races on the Willamette River. The group will be one of several travelling to New Zealand for a dragon boating convention.

Vancouver women part of dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors traveling to New Zealand

A group of NW women battling breat cancer train for dragon boat races on the Willamette River. The group will be one of several travelling to New Zealand for a dragon boating convention.

March 20, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Health

A group of two dozen women in matching shirts gathered at the Portland waterfront on a recent sunny evening, stretching and calling out chants to each other. They’re part of a new dragon boating team made up of breast cancer survivors called Pacific Northwest Pink Lemonade — a joining of… Read story

Susan Martin, left, shares a quiet moment with her daughter, Jennifer Leow, as they take a break at her Vancouver home. Martin was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2021 and has been participating in the trials of a new drug at Legacy Health to treat advanced or recurring cases of endometrial cancer.

Vancouver woman sees promise in new drug after cancer trial

Susan Martin, left, shares a quiet moment with her daughter, Jennifer Leow, as they take a break at her Vancouver home. Martin was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2021 and has been participating in the trials of a new drug at Legacy Health to treat advanced or recurring cases of endometrial cancer.

March 17, 2023, 6:06am Clark County Health

In early 2021, Susan Martin of Vancouver noticed light spotting, a surprise since she had gone through menopause 10 years earlier. She did not think much of it, but called her doctor anyway. Her doctor immediately referred Martin to a gynecologist, who ordered a biopsy — and she tested positive… Read story

More than 26,000 Clark County residents could lose health coverage in the coming months. With the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 in the beginning of May, states across the country will be resuming normal Medicaid programs, know as Apple Health in Washington state. In Washington, this means an end to continuous Medicaid enrollment.

More than 26,000 in Clark County could lose Medicaid as COVID emergency ends

More than 26,000 Clark County residents could lose health coverage in the coming months. With the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 in the beginning of May, states across the country will be resuming normal Medicaid programs, know as Apple Health in Washington state. In Washington, this means an end to continuous Medicaid enrollment.

March 17, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

More than 26,000 Clark County residents could lose health coverage in the coming months as the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency puts an end to continuous Medicaid enrollment. Read story

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County COVID-19 rate down slightly this week

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March 16, 2023, 3:17pm Clark County Health

The Clark County case rate decreased slightly this week, with a seven day case rate, measuring new cases per 100,000 people, of 38.5 Thursday, down from 46.7 on March 2. The case rate and hospitalizations were not recorded March 9 due to a technical issue. Read story

Mill Plain United Methodist Church plans food drive to aid FISH of Orchards

March 16, 2023, 6:01am Churches & Religion

Mill Plain United Methodist Church will host a community food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Read story

Dylan Alexander and Jona Tochet smile at their youngest, Bowie, while enjoying family time at the park. Alexander recently published a book about how to incorporate a healthier lifestyle into daily family life.

Losing dad bod is kids’ stuff for Camas author

Dylan Alexander and Jona Tochet smile at their youngest, Bowie, while enjoying family time at the park. Alexander recently published a book about how to incorporate a healthier lifestyle into daily family life.

March 14, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Health

At Lacamas Park on a gray and rainy afternoon in early March, Dylan Koller, who writes under the pen name Dylan Alexander, practiced “animal flow” with his two oldest kids. The three laughed together while pretending to be a bear, a crab and any other animal that came to mind. Read story

Washington’s at-home COVID-19 testing program to end May 11

March 10, 2023, 5:02am Clark County News

The Washington State Department of Health announced Thursday its at-home testing program Say Yes! COVID Test will end May 11, with the end of the federal public health emergency. Read story