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Clark County Health

Columbia River Mental Health program fills medical gap, reaches out to homeless

June 17, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Health

Paul Hunter, a homeless former carpet layer, had legs so swollen he was having trouble walking. The wounds on his legs from drug use were turning black. It was only… Read story

Clark County sees 60 cases of whooping cough; most are among the unvaccinated

June 14, 2024, 3:20pm Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health has identified 60 cases of whooping cough in the county since the beginning of the year — four times more than at this point last year. Read story

Officer Cole Larson of the Vancouver Police Department confiscates a device for smoking fentanyl from a motorist while on patrol on April 4.

More Clark County street drugs include more than one illicit substance. Combination makes treatment more difficult

Officer Cole Larson of the Vancouver Police Department confiscates a device for smoking fentanyl from a motorist while on patrol on April 4.

June 13, 2024, 6:02am Clark County Health

An annual report published by addiction treatment provider Ideal Option found substance use involving two or more illicit drugs has remained prevalent in Washington, making treatment for patients far more complex. Read story

The most memorable wave of syphilis for Kurt Kenoyer, a physician assistant working for Columbia River Mental Health, occurred in 2022 when a camp in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood called The Swamps existed. “I wouldn’t call it an outbreak, but there were quite a few clients there that we were trying to treat and also get tested,” he said.

Health experts: Syphillis is a prevalent infection in Clark County homeless camps

The most memorable wave of syphilis for Kurt Kenoyer, a physician assistant working for Columbia River Mental Health, occurred in 2022 when a camp in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood called The Swamps existed. “I wouldn’t call it an outbreak, but there were quite a few clients there that we were trying to treat and also get tested,” he said.

June 8, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Health

Syphilis has surged in Clark County in recent years, a trend reflected throughout the United States. It’s especially an issue for Clark County’s growing population of homeless people, who lack medical care and are more at risk of sexual assault, experts say. Read story

Health Worker Report

June 8, 2024, 6:10am Clark County Health

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County providers. Read story

Dozens of nurses gather outside PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center while taking part in an informational picket Thursday morning, April 18, 2024. Demonstrators, who said care was not impacted during the event, were fighting for safe staffing and fair wages.

PeaceHealth nurses ratify new contract with Vancouver hospital

Dozens of nurses gather outside PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center while taking part in an informational picket Thursday morning, April 18, 2024. Demonstrators, who said care was not impacted during the event, were fighting for safe staffing and fair wages.

June 7, 2024, 3:50pm Clark County Health

Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver voted to ratify a new labor contract Thursday evening after 10 hours of voting. Read story

Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center picket outside the hospital on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

PeaceHealth nurses will vote on contract that includes raises but doesn’t increase staffing levels

Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center picket outside the hospital on Thursday morning, April 18, 2024.

June 5, 2024, 12:02pm Business

Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will vote Thursday on a contract that includes higher wages but does not increase minimum staffing requirements at the Vancouver hospital. Read story

Overdoses are the one of the leading cause of death for Washington mothers, according to PeaceHealth. The Bloom Program, a joint effort with Lifeline Connections, helps pregnant people recover from addiction.

Drugs among the leading causes of death among pregnant women in Washington; PeaceHealth Bloom Clinic hopes to change that

Overdoses are the one of the leading cause of death for Washington mothers, according to PeaceHealth. The Bloom Program, a joint effort with Lifeline Connections, helps pregnant people recover from addiction.

June 4, 2024, 6:02am Clark County Health

Drugs are one of the leading causes of death among pregnant women in Washington, according to a report from the state Department of Health. Read story

Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living, based in Vancouver, which operates more than 70 senior communities throughout the Western United States, is laying off 150 people according to a WARN Act filed with the state of Washington.

Vancouver-based Prestige Care announces layoffs of 150 employees; unclear how Clark County’s four locations will be affected

Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living, based in Vancouver, which operates more than 70 senior communities throughout the Western United States, is laying off 150 people according to a WARN Act filed with the state of Washington.

June 3, 2024, 4:10pm Business

Vancouver-based Prestige Care will lay off 150 employees, according to a notification filed Monday with the Washington State Employment Security Department. Read story

A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

Clark County Jail gets $270K from opioid suit to fund addiction treatment for inmates

A vending machine in the lobby of the Clark County Jail offers free opioid overdose reversal medication.

May 31, 2024, 6:09am Clark County Health

The Clark County Opioid Abatement Council awarded almost $1 million in grants Wednesday to nine organizations that provide drug prevention, treatment programs and recovery services in 2024. Read story