PeaceHealth Recognized For Excellence; National Preparedness Month; Fire Danger Level Reduced; Gas Prices

PeaceHealth Recognized For Excellence

PeaceHealth has received an award from the American Heart Association for its comprehensive stroke center.  The award champions hospitals for its ability to provide patients with the most appropriate treatment for stroke.  The Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines award is a nationally recognized award of achievement.  Dr. Elaine Skalabrin is the Medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center

“It Really takes a big team of people working collaboratively across many different departments within the hospital and also within the community and with primary care doctors and rehabilitation doctors and therapists, so it is really a big endeavor to pursue comprehensive stroke status.”

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in America.  Skalabrin says early detection and treatment are key to improving survival and minimizing disability.

National Preparedness Month

September is national preparedness month.  One of the ways you can make sure that you are prepared for a disaster is to sign up for a program that sends out notices across cell phones and email when an impending disaster is imminent. Alert Sense allows fire and police and other emergency response agencies to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of severe weather, fire, flooding and other issues.  The city of Florence has added a page on their website for residents to sign up.  Go to forward slash EM.  You can also register with Lane County through their public service agencies and stay tuned to local news and information.

Fire Danger Level Reduced

Fire danger level for Western Lane County has dropped below the Extreme Level and is now at a high level.  Some various restrictions have been relaxed.  Things like mowing, the use of chain saws, and outdoor welding are allowed in the early morning hours before 10 am and late in the evening after 8 pm.  Restriction guidelines can be found at  the national weather service is forecasting more moderate temperatures for the region and has even added a chance of showers for the weekend.

Gas Prices

Gasoline has hit its lowest prices since spring.  It has been higher since April of this year.  Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon says the decrease has been primarily driven by lower crude oil prices.  It marks the 13th consecutive week of declines with Oregon dropping another 4 cents a gallon to $4.68.  the local price for a gallon of regular gas here in Florence has not followed suit with the state price and stayed steady at $4.39 a gallon.  Demand for gasoline has increased this past week for the first time in several weeks.  Oregon has dropped below Alaska as the 5th most expensive state for gasoline.