Wednesday March 4

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Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 North Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

The Harney County Community Response Team (CRT) meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 484 N. Broadway. The CRT consists of anyone interested in what is going on in the county as it relates to business and industry. County, city and tribal leaders provide general information to the public regarding xisting programs and recruitment efforts.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573 6670.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.

Thursday March 5

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Harney County Library presents “Let’s Meet at Malheur National Forest” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Pete Cadena, archaeologist for Emigrant Creek Ranger District, will discuss the interactions among cultural groups and the role of the forest in bringing people together. 

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at the State Office Building, 809 W. Jackson, at 7 p.m.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Thursday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.

Friday March 6

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Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.


Saturday March 7

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The Harney County Arts & Crafts Association will meet Saturday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the courthouse. Maureen Webber will lead a workshop in making decorative and functional lanterns from tin cans. Please bring heavy leather gloves and your favorite tin snips if you have any. The public is invited.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month. On March 7, the lunch will also feature live music by the Veteran band “Just 4 Fun.” RSVP  by calling 541-576-4951.

Diabetes Support Group meets at the Harney County Health Building, 420 N. Fairview, the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 1-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment to read with a dog.

Sunday March 8

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A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. Call 541-573-2802.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, holds a potluck and jam session the second Sunday of each month at Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, October through May at 1 p.m. with music and dancing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.

Monday March 9

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A Grief Support Group is held the second and fourth Monday of each month by Harney County Hospice and Rev. Jean Hurst during the day as well as the evening. For more information, call Harney County Hospice, 541-573-8360.

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday, except holidays, at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community and visitors are welcome. For more information call 541-573-4000.

The HHOPE board of directors meets the second Monday of the month at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room at 85 N. Date.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Burns Fire Dept. meets each Monday at the Burns Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

The Hines Volunteer Fire Department meets at the Hines Fire Hall each Monday at 7 p.m. (except the last Monday of the month). Prospective members may contact Fire Chief Bob Spence at 541-573-7477 or 541-573-2251.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Saginaw Village, 605 N. Saginaw. For more information call 541-589-4405.

Tuesday March 10

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Harney County Fair Board meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Hibbard Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

The Harney County Library Foundation board of directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at the library at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 541-573-7339.

Disabilities Services Advisory Council for Harney County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the state office building, 809 W. Jackson, at 1:30 p.m.

Symmetry Care Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at Symmetry Care, 53 W. Washington, at 1:30 p.m.

The American Legion Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at 63 W. “C” Street at noon.

The Harney County Chamber Music Society meets the second and fourth Tuesday, September-November and January-March. The choir meets in the Burns High School band room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Marianne Andrews directing. Singers ages 13-up are welcome.

The Harney County School District No. 3 board of directors meets at the District Office, 550 N. Court, the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday to help with Medicare insurance needs or medications you cannot afford.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.

Boy Scouts meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the LDS Church in Hines. All boys age 11 and above are welcome to participate.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Tuesday at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord in Burns at 7 p.m.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.401, that a meeting of the Budget Committee of Harney County School District #4J, Harney County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 will be held on the 9th day of March, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Crane Elementary School Library located at 43275 Crane Venator Lane for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document. This is a public meeting where deliberations of the Budget Committee will take place and any person may appear at the meeting and comment on proposed programs at that time.

Publish: February, 25 and March 4, 2015.




The City of Burns is looking for anyone interested in participating in the budget process for the fiscal year 2015-2016 and to serve on the Burns Budget Committee. You must be a resident of the City of Burns. If interested, please call the administrative office at 541-573-5255 or stop by 242 S. Broadway, Burns, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Dauna Wensenk
City Clerk
Interim City Manager

Publish: February 25 and March 4, 2015.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS.294.401, that a meeting of the Budget Committee of Harney County School District #1J, Harney County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 will be held on the 16th day of March, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Crane Union High School Staff Room located at 43277 Crane Venator Lane for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document. This is a public meeting where deliberations of the Budget Committee will take place and any person may appear at the meeting and comment on proposed programs at that time.

Publish: February 25 and March 4, 2015.




On April 8, 2015, at the hour of 2:00 p.m. at the Harney County Court House, 450 N. Buena Vista Ave., Burns, OR 97720, the defendant’s interest will be sold, subject to redemption, in the real property commonly known as: 519 Dapple Grey Rd., Hines, OR 97738. The court case number is 1407306CV, where THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 is plaintiff, and GARY A. FREITAG; AMY G. FREITAG; BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES is defendant. The sale is a public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier’s check, in hand, made out to Harney County Sheriff’s Office.

Before bidding at the sale, a prospective bidder should independently investigate:
(a) The priority of the lien or interest of the judgment creditor;
(b) Land use laws and regulations applicable to the property;
(c) Approved uses for the property;
(d) Limits on farming or forest practices on the property;
(e) Rights of neighboring property owners; and
(f) Environmental laws and regulations that affect the property.

For more information on this sale go to: www.oregonsheriff’

David M. Ward, SHERIFF
Harney County, Oregon

By: Dorathy M. Ousely, Civil Deputy

Publish: March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2015.




Harney County has been awarded Federal Funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Harney County has been awarded $4,964 to supplement Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in the county.

The Selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.  The Local Board was Charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and Shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of representatives from Catholic Charities, the Ministerial Association, Government Agencies, Homeless Representative, Emergency Services Agency, Native American, Aging Council and the Veterans Office will determine how the funds awarded to Harney County are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofit or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an account system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Harney County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter  funds previously with The Harney County Senior & Community Services Center participating.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying  for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Angela Lamborn at Harney County Senior and Community Service Center 17 S. Alder Burns OR.  Applications must be back to the above address by March 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Publish: March 4, 2015.




Agency:  USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Meeting:  Special Harney County Local Work Group Meeting

Date:  March 12, 2015

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Public Meeting Room, Harney ESD, 25 Fairview Heights, Burns

Contact:  For more information, contact Zola Ryan, 541-573-6446 ext. 107

Purpose:  NRCS is holding a special local work group meeting to gather input into the development of the Natural Resources Long Range Strategy for fiscal years 2016 – 2020.  Farmers, ranchers, state and federal agencies, agriculture and conservation organizations, and the general public are invited to attend.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

A request for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Zola Ryan, 541-573-6446 ext. 107.

NRCS — Helping people help the land.

An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Publish: March 4 and 11, 2015.



A big thank you to Officer Parker Hetherwick and Officer Robby Tiller for volunteering your time to help us. We all enjoyed seeing and hearing about what our law enforcement does to protect and keep us safe. The kids especially enjoyed watching Monte and Blade in action. We are truly blessed to have officers so committed to our community. You are all appreciated.

Thanks again,
H.C. Homeschooling Families


The family of Laura Sword would like to give a special thanks to all friends and neighbors who helped our family (and Laura) through this difficult time. Thank you for all the prayers, well wishes, flowers, food, donations and all of the extra help. Also, thank you to the Hospice and Hospital staff.

Thank you from the John & Laura Sword families.




All gain no pain meditation! If you have wanted to try meditating, this is a good place to start. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, or call Chris 541-589-4159.

CB 2/11-3/4 4t


We carry Whirlpool Appliances, including freezers. We also sell water heaters.

Burns Electric
70 S. Fairview

BE 1/10/07 TFN


24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 541-573-7176. HHOPE offers free, confidential services for victims of physical, sexual and verbal abuse. Qualified staff, volunteers provide shelter, transportation and referrals with support and care.

HH 7/19/12 TFN




NEED FIRE STARTER? Stop by the Burns Times-Herald office (355 N. Broadway) on Tuesdays, and pick up bundles of paper before they go to recycling.





26 ft. Freightliner Box Truck with 4K lift gate is seeking loads to/from Burns area. We can deliver to/from Bend/Redmond area or PDX to Burns or Burns to PDX area. Contact Bill at Countryside Couriers in Redmond, Oregon:

BD 3/4-3/11 2t


Wanted: To shoo your snow geese away (I guess you could add a “t” to that “shoo” word). Harney County has been granted a snow goose season (from present to March 10), and I would love to hunt some of our local birds. Life member of Ducks Unlimited, 45 years avid waterfowl hunter. 24 years Burns resident. Please call Rick Thein at 541-573-7001. Thank you.

RT 2/11-3/4 4t




Livestock Worker (Open Range)

Experienced Open Range Livestock Worker, temporary positions to tend livestock on open range; use horses to feed, water & herd livestock to grazing; monitor and treat for health; process and identify animals; assist with calving and birthing of livestock and may assist with haying and irrigating. On-call 24 hours/7 days a week, including holidays.  3/4 contract guarantee once at worksite. Provided at no cost to worker: tools, equip. and transportation & expense to/from worksite (reimbursed upon 50% completion of contract or earlier). Free housing and board provided to workers who are unable to commute to work on a daily basis; Housing may include living in mobile units on open range. Matt Weber Ranch, Baggs, Wyoming; 2 Position(s) 3/01/2015 – 11/15/2015; $875/mo + room and board; Report or send resume to nearest Oregon State Employment Department (SWA), or directly in person at the Burns office of the OR State Empl. Dept., 809 W. Jackson St., Ste. 400, Burns, OR 97720: 541-573-5251. Please reference this ad.

MW 3/4 1t


Grant-Harney CASA Program Director

Grant-Harney Court Appointed Special Advocates is looking for a Director to oversee the program.  Primary responsibilities include recruiting, training and supervising volunteer advocates, assuring program adherence to Oregon CASA Network requirements and National CASA certification standards, fiscal management – including creating budget, grant writing, fundraising, and appropriate expenditure of funding streams, public relations – including events, media, and community partnerships, administrative duties including strategic planning, policy development and implementation.

Preferred skills:  Supervisory, advocacy, case management, good communication skills, good organizational skills, strong computer skills, knowledge of understanding families in crisis, ability to work respectfully with people of all ages and socioeconomic factors, good conflict resolution abilities.  Must be a self-starter, able to work under very little direct supervision.

Required:  Clean background check, ability to travel between counties and to State meetings as necessary.  Applicant may be from Grant or Harney County

Wages:  $23-$26,000 per year, dependent on experience and hours worked.

Please mail resume to:
Grant-Harney CASA
835 S. Canyon Blvd.
John Day, OR   97845
Attn:  Stacie Holmstrom

SG 3/4-3/11 2t


Substitute teachers needed at Harney County School District #3. A current Oregon Teaching License is required. If you have a Bachelor’s Degree, you may apply for a Restricted Substitute Teaching License. For more information, please call 541-573-6811, ext. 221.

MW 2/25-3/4 2t




Firewood for sale. Call 541-573-5030.

BR 1/8 TFN




150 ton Oat hay, $160 per ton. 541-589-2862.

DC 3/4-3/25 4t


Alfalfa Hay

3x3x8, 3x4x8

24.1 Protein, $220/ ton.

23.6 Protein, $200/ ton.

16.1 Protein, $170/ ton.

Princeton, OR


LD 1/14 TFN




Interested in COSTCO deliveries to Burns? Contact Bill at Countryside Couriers in Redmond, Oregon:

BD 3/4-3/11 2t


Computer Questions?

Zieber Computer Repair / Tutoring

• Repairs, Maintenance, Sales, Parts
• Upgrades, Installations
• Personalized/Group Tutoring
• Senior Citizen Discount

“Now Offering Rentals!”

Microsoft Certified

Professional (MCP) A+


JZ 1/12 TFN




Small studio apartment, $300 per month, first, last and $150 cleaning deposit. 541-573-6968, ask for Dave.

DW 3/4-3/11 2t


Taking applications for responsible renters. Cute 1+ bedroom house in Hines near nature trail. Large back yard w/ deck. Pets considered. $550, includes appliances and garbage. 541-413-0313.

DS 3/4 1t


RV spaces for rent, $185 per month, includes sewer and garbage. Call Jerry at 541-508-8484 (cell).

JP 3/4-3/11 2t


Office space. Ready to rent or remodel with longer lease. Perfect for consortium of grant funded agencies. 541-573-6608.

RC 2/18-3/11 4t


RETIRED NAVY MAN LOOKING to rent 2-3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a garage and fenced yard. Would prefer property with small acreage for livestock. Looking for long-term lease. Call 307-271-1763.

ER 2/11-3/4 4t


1 bedroom apartments available. Close to shopping and library. Clean and affordable. Call Brian Johnson at 541-493-2522 for more information.

MB 9/25 TFN


2 bed, 1 bath, newer efficient home $425m + dep. fairly small but nice inside, vaulted ceiling, big windows. Electric heat. Background check req. Hines RV park 573-3220 or office at space #1. Available 4/20.

KM 4/16 TFN




1978 Taurus fifth wheel camp trailer, 24’. $1,500 OBO. 1969 Kitco 19’ trailer, $300. 541-493-2118.

JW 3/4-3/11 2t

Community art sculpture in the works

Posted on February 25th in News

All are invited to contribute pieces to the sculpture

by Connie Robbins
for the Burns Times-Herald

Art project webMy Crane Union High School art classes and I have been entrusted by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation-performance arts center committee to create a sculpture to be on display during the Arts symposium events in late May. The sculpture is to represent our community coming together in support of the “arts.”

Purpose: The goal of this project is to show others the diversity, uniqueness and creativity of the people of our community…of Harney County.

The arts that I would like to represent include, but are not limited to:

• Performance arts: music; drama; dance.

• Visual arts: painting, drawing, etc.; sculpture (clay, metal, wood, etc.); fabric (weaving, quilting, etc.); crafts (bead work, jewelry, etc.)

• Photography

• Creative writing: poetry; stories, etc.

• Computer graphics

• Architecture

• Others I may have failed to mention?

The preliminary drawings of the plan I have for this sculpture are displayed. The sculpture will be designed for indoor use due to the nature of the project and desire to represent all art forms. I would like to give credit to my art classes for some of the ideas of this sculpture.

This is a preliminary drawing of what the sculpture may look like. People have been sketched in to give a sense of size of the sculpture (though not necessarily to scale). The tree represents a “juniper,” the shape of the tree representing “people.” These are adults coming together to support art education to children (uplifted on the shoulders of adults).  The “children” will hold branches extending up and out, emphasizing the artwork created by local community and artists which are the “leaves” of the tree. This will be a lighted sculpture from the inside (I hope).

What is needed?

What I am mostly looking for is “leaves” created by anyone in the county, young and old. These leaves can be made of any material, but limited to 4×6 inches. My goal is to have lots of art represented in these leaves and lots of them.

A leaf must reflect one of the listed-above arts by use of materials and/or design. The shape of the “leaf” is not important, but must stay within the 4×6 inch limit. Be aware that a wire will need to attach at the “base” of your leaf design for application to the sculpture. There is no limit to the number of leaves you create.

Please include a short paragraph explaining the inspiration or story that led to the creation of your leaf. Feel free to use this project as a way to express yourself creatively and/or honoring others, through poetry, etc. Be sure to also include your name and medium used, as well. If you are under 18, please include your age.

Each leaf will be photographed and put into an “album” with the information (paragraph) you wrote about your art leaf for others to enjoy and to experience the true nature of this sculpture.

I also need community members to create clay or wood relief carvings of faces. These faces are to represent emotions expressed by audiences and performers/artists while engaged in the arts of their choice. These will act as faces for the “people” on the trunk, therefore, they should be faces of children and adults, young and old. Faces should fit an area approximately 6×7 inches, though the size can fluctuate up to 8 inches. Please drill holes in the corners of the faces so they can be attached to the armature (tree trunk). These must be fired and preferably glazed. Colors of the glazing should represent the emotion exhibited. I will need about 10 adult and 10 children faces…though the exact count will not be known until the project is under way. If this is a project you would like to take on, please email me or call for more information.

All leaves (with paragraphs) and faces need to be at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 North Broadway Avenue in Burns by May 1.

Any questions, please contact: Connie Robbins, Crane Union High School,  541-493-2641 ex. 233, 541-413-1515 or

CEO recruitment efforts continue

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Harney District Hospital (HDH) Development Coordinator Denise Rose began the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Health District Board of Directors (held Jan. 28) by presenting a video.

She explained that the video, which was produced by Evan Franulovich of eFrog Productions LLC, will primarily be used for physician recruitment.

“We were thrilled by the results,” Rose said concerning the video.

“It’s very professional, and it hits all the right notes,” HDH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Bishop added.

The video can be viewed on the hospital’s website at:


Board chair Dan Brown provided an update concerning the CEO recruitment committee. The purpose of the committee is find a replacement for Bishop, who will retire in August.

Brown said 35 resumes  had been received, and initial candidate screening began via videoconferencing.

“The process appears to be going well,” Brown said regarding CEO recruitment efforts. “Qualified candidates find this an attractive opportunity. I think it’s a compliment to the hospital, and particularly, employees and administration.”

Eric Buckland is assisting with the recruitment efforts. However, Bishop said he and HDH Chief Financial Officer Catherine White recommend eliminating a few items from his proposed contract, as these duties could be completed by the board and/or committee.

The board agreed to have Bishop present a modification of the contract proposal to Buckland.

“I don’t anticipate this being a difficult discussion,” Bishop said.

Board member Shana Withee complimented the committee on its ability to recruit qualified candidates while saving money.


During the public comment period, Cecil Dick stated that Harney County’s rural communities should have been included in the recruitment video.

Dick also expressed concern about wait times in the emergency room.

He reported that, although they were told someone would be right with them, he and his wife waited several hours after checking in at the emergency room on Jan. 4. Dick acknowledged that the emergency room was busy that day, but said he felt someone should have checked on them. He added that his comment was not a complaint, but a suggestion for improving service.

Bishop apologized for the bad experience, and Rose ensured that their medical need was met. HDH Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Nursing Officer Barb Chambers said she would follow up, and Brown thanked Dick for his comments.


Clinic Manager Stacie Rothwell provided an update regarding HDH Family Care.

Rothwell reported that the clinic served 1,603 patients in December 2014, an increase of 409 patients from the previous month.

“We have been very busy with a lot of sick patients, but not the usual flu season traffic in the clinic to date,” Rothwell reported. “We are ready for flu season to start at any given time.”

She also reported that Dr. Heidi Vanyo was interviewed for a primary care physician position during the first week of January, and an offer was extended for her employment. If she accepts the offer, she will begin in May or June.

Rothwell said the clinic is in the process of obtaining credentialing for Dr. Henry Elder, a Canby-based psychiatrist, to provide services through videoconferencing.

Board member Tim Smith expressed concern regarding remote evaluation.

Rothwell replied that patients would be carefully selected for the service, adding that some may need to be referred to providers outside of Harney County for in-person assistance.

Bishop said the video conferencing services will be implemented on a trial basis.


Chambers reported that Dr. Jeffrey Mathisen, a general surgeon at HDH, is “making a huge impact” in the hospital’s surgical services.

She added that physical therapist Kris Sanders recently became certified in the “McKenzie Method” and can now offer this service to patients.

Chambers also reported that two, full-time nurses and an ultrasound technician have been added to the staff, and the first meeting of the patient advisory council went well.


In other business:

• Board secretary Susan Doverspike provided the finance committee report via email.

• The board discussed the quality and patient safety committee report.

Chambers said an “exceedingly low” number of medication errors were made, and she’s “very proud of that.” She explained that only about four errors were made in a one-year period.

• The board held its retreat Jan. 23 to work on strategic planning.

Board member Ann Vloedman said the board still needs to complete its self assessment. This will be discussed during the next board meeting.

• HDH Health Information Services Coordinator Toni Siegner said Amy Dobson is teaching a program to help pre-diabetic patients make lifestyle changes. She also reported that Kristen Gregg set up a children’s reading corner.

• White provided an overview of the profitability of the cataract surgery program.

• Rose updated the board regarding recruitment efforts and application statistics.

• HDH Human Resources Manager Sammie Masterson provided 2014 statistics concerning the average staff age (44.3 years) and longevity (6.5 years). The hospital’s doctors makeup the youngest age demographic (38.3 years).

• The board reviewed policies 100.040 “Duties of the Treasurer,” 100.045 “Duties of the Secretary,” and 100.050 “Duties of the Clerk” and approved them without changes.

• The board granted medical staff privileges to  Drs. Susana Samaniego, Meredith Baker and Brigit Hatch and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Chris Siegner.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the hospital board conference room.

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