Thrive - December Edition

Ancho Chili Rub Chicken


  • 1/4 cup ground ancho chili powder
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t dark brown sugar
  • 1 t cayenne
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t ground garlic
  • Four chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 

Mix ingredients well and use to generously season chicken breasts (you will have extra dry-rub--store it in a tightly sealed container). Grill or roast chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165F. (This spice rub is also great on pork, turkey, beef and salmon.) 

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A St. Charles Health System nurse coaches offers helpful tips
During the holiday season, we sometimes forget the small things we can do to take care of our health and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Carol Delmonico, one of our great St. Charles Health System nurse coaches, offers some useful tips:

  • Pre-plan before going into big meals or parties. What are your one or two favorite foods? You could plan to have a normal size portion of those and then take only enough for two bites of whatever else you choose. I’ve heard the first and last bites are the ones we most enjoy so pay attention and really savor the bites!
  • Have a glass or two of water before the event.
  • Decide how much alcohol you are going to have before the event and see if you can keep your agreement with yourself. Be realistic.
  • Tell a buddy what your goals are and ask them to check in with you a couple times during this month.

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The 24th annual St. Charles Hospice Christmas Auction sold out for the first time ever and netted more than $100,000, breaking last year’s record. Proceeds provide charity care to St. Charles Hospice and Transitions patients in Central Oregon.
Community members and local businesses and organizations donated elaborately decorated trees, beautiful quilts and many other items that were auctioned off at the event, this year themed “Vintage Christmas.”
The highest bid of the evening was $10,000 for a single quilt made by Norma Horak, wife of St. Charles Hospice medical director Dr. James Horak, in honor of the work Dr. Michael Knower and St. Charles Hospice staff provide to the community. The highest tree bid was $9,000 for “Reflections of Love” in memory of Sharon Krider, which was generously donated back to the family.
Held on Dec. 5 by St. Charles Hospice, Robberson Ford and St. Charles Foundation, the auction has become a beloved tradition in the community. More than 500 guests packed the Crook County Fairgrounds indoor arena for the heartwarming event, which included dinner, a performance by the Crook County High School Jazz Choir, silent auction, live auction and raffle.

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Pediatric sleep medicine: St. Charles Sleep Center welcomes Dr. Natalia Usatii

Sleep, says Dr. Natalia Usatii, is the sister of mood.
Without enough high-quality sleep, parents will notice a difference in the behavior of their children. The newest member of the St. Charles Sleep Center team, Usatii focuses on pediatric patients and enjoys helping parents with lifestyle changes that can make a big difference in developing healthy sleep habits.
“It's very simple. Have a set bedtime and wake time,” Usatii said. “It should be set every day regardless of weekends or weekdays. This is a must. You have to make sure there is a routine.”
The bedtime routine for kids should last between 30 and 40 minutes and can include brushing teeth, putting on pajamas and reading stories. The television should be off during the bedtime routine, giving children time to relax. 

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On Jan. 4, St. Charles is opening an outpatient lab conveniently located in Crossroads Plaza on Bend’s eastside.

The lab—located at 547 NE Bellevue, Suite 105—will be open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 541-706-7717 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for questions.

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Childbirth Education
The Childbirth Education package includes childbirth preparation, newborn care, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Delivery options and pain management techniques are thoroughly covered so that you are equipped to make decisions throughout labor.
Typically expectant parents attend the class six to eight weeks prior to the due date. Check with your OB/midwife for their recommendation. Classes are highly partner-focused and registration fees are per couple.
The class meets Monday, Jan. 4, and Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Charles Bend. The cost is $49 per couple, and includes course books for the class.
To register, click here.