Thrive February Edition

If the winter weather is getting you down, St. Charles Bend's Food Services Manager and Chef Benjy Brown suggests adding a little spice to your life with this inspired Thai chicken flat bread recipe. The key to the success of this dish is a 10- to 12-inch iron skillet that Brown says is a crucial tool for every kitchen. "If you don't own one already," Brown says, "go buy one immediately."

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Private citizens, local businesses and charitable foundations have pledged more than $4.1 million dollars to support the construction of a new, integrated cancer center on the St. Charles Bend campus.

"Thanks to these many generous donations, we are at a little more than 70 percent of our goal," said Lisa Dobey, executive director of St. Charles Foundation. "We are now moving into a more public phase of the campaign and are looking to every person in our service region to support this important project."

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Sara's Project, a fund of St. Charles Foundation, is presenting a simulcast of Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington's 16th annual Breast Cancer Issues Conference on Saturday, March 1 at the St. Charles Bend Conference Center. The conference runs from 8 to 3:30 p.m. and the $15 registration fee includes a light breakfast and lunch.

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Each year, thousands of babies are born too early, too small or too sick to survive on their own. In Deschutes County, we see one in nine babies needing support after birth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Charles Bend is the home to the only high-risk NICU east of the Cascade Mountains and cares for more than 200 babies a year from all over Central and Eastern Oregon. Because St. Charles sees firsthand the physical, emotional and financial impact a NICU hospitalization has on families, the organization teams up with the March of Dimes to raise awareness and fundraising dollars to help the March of Dimes Mission of, "Finding a day when all babies are born healthy!"

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Get screened for colorectal cancer

St. Charles and Oregon Health Authority are partnering in a colorectal screening campaign, to increase awareness and screening rates among Oregonians ages 50-75.

To learn more about early detection, resources and prevention measures, visit www.TheCancerYouCanPrevent.org or stop by one of St. Charles Health System's campuses on the following dates for information on why, when, how and where to get screened for colorectal cancer, as well as, free fecal occult blood tests for eligible individuals.

  • St. Charles Bend, March 10
  • St. Charles Redmond, March 17
  • St. Charles Madras, March 24
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital, March 26

All events take place from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. For more information, contact jmkeegan@stcharleshealthcare.org.

Featured Class of the Month: CPR

St. Charles Health System offers regular CPR training for health care professionals and the community. In honor of February being Heart Month, take the time to refresh your CPR skills. You never know when you might need to save a life.

FYI: CPR courses are currently scheduled throughout March and April at various St. Charles locations. Click here to register.