VA Portland Health Care System

Important information from VA Portland

Why should we all wear masks?

According to the CDC, in light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.

As care gradually resumes at VAPORHCS, more staff and patients will be present.  This makes physical distancing challenging, which could result in asymptomatic spread. 

What does this mean for patients here for appointments?

– Outpatients, if not already wearing a mask, should be offered a cloth or paper mask and asked to wear it while present in VAPORHCS settings.  Veterans can keep the mask for reuse in the community.
– We understand that there will be some patients who will not be able to tolerate wearing a mask; staff providing direct care to these patients will wear appropriate personal protection equipment accordingly.  

Here is a link to a CDC web page  that addresses the “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19” including…
– How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
– CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
– Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
– How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
– Sew and No Sew Instructions

Thank you for your support in the new mask policy; your assistance will help keep your fellow Veterans and VA staff and everyone’s loved ones safer.

Refill by your Prescriptions by Smartphone  App
RX App

The Rx Refill mobile application (app) allows Veterans to request refills of their refillable VA-issued prescriptions, track VA prescription deliveries, view VA prescription history from the convenience of their mobile device. The app provides a native mobile interface for the Rx Refill feature found within My HealtheVet. Refill requests submitted through the app or the My HealtheVet website that are dispensed by a VA Mail Order Pharmacy are easily tracked using the app’s “Track Delivery” feature. NOTE: VA is undergoing an Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM), which may impact whether My HealtheVet and Rx Refill applications are operational at your facility. To Learn more about EHRM, visit at


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Veterans, please use MyHealtheVet or call VA Portland at 503-220-8262, option 2 to relay a message to your Primary or Specialty Care team or to make change or cancel an appointment.

To help us address the most urgent needs first, we ask that you use our online tools and frequently asked questions for routine or non-urgent questions. We’ll continue to update this page as the situation changes.

What’s coronavirus COVID-19?

The CDC defines COVID-19 as a new type of coronavirus (or “novel coronavirus”). COVID-19 belongs to a large family of viruses that are common in people and different animal species. On rare occasions, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and then spread from person-to-person. This is how

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Pediatrics | Peoria Medicine


Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP). The mission of the Department is to become the premier pediatric program in Illinois while providing medical education to UICOMP students and residents. We perform our mission in the context of collaboration with OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Easter Seals-UCP, and multiple other partners within the community. The Department has 145 faculty members providing general pediatric services and pediatric subspecialty coverage in most pediatric subspecialties to children in Central Illinois.

Our residency program is offered in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Our Program Director is Dr. Bhavana Kandikattu, our Associate Program Director is Dr. Michele Beekman, and our Assistant Program Directors are Dr. Amy Christison, Dr. Elizabeth Rose and Dr. Zohra Moeenuddin.

Our clinical services provided in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Illinois include Cardiology, Child Abuse, Critical Care, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine (including a home-ventilator program), Child Psychiatry, and General Pediatrics.

Our clinical services include a Cystic Fibrosis Center. The Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center is one of 115 accredited centers in the USA . The multispecialty health care team cares for about 100 pediatric and adult patients with cystic fibrosis from 27 surrounding counties. We participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national registry and quality improvement program, and our patients’ results are better than the national median for growth and lung function. If you would like more information or an appointment, please call Marie at 309-624-9632 or Sarah at 309-624-9627.

Our Hemoglobinopathy/Sickle Cell Program serves patients from birth to 18 years of age. The program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics of UICOMP and Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and is housed at the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate clinic on the first floor of Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Our team of board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologists, sickle cell nurses, counselors, and child life specialists work together with other subspecialists to meet the often complex needs of these unique patients and their families. We see patients throughout Central Illinois, many of whom attend our IDPH-sponsored Outreach Clinics, held at several sites within the region. The contact number for the program is 309-624-4945.

The James Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate is a collaborative effort between UICOMP, Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Within the Affiliate, the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and young adults with hematological disorders or cancer. Outpatient care is provided in the modern James Maloof St. Jude Affiliate Clinic. The clinic partners with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and together they collaborate to provide comprehensive protocol-structured treatments for the pediatric hematology-oncology patients. The clinic has a highly trained and dedicated nursing staff and five Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists.

The Pediatric Resource Center (PRC) is a community service program that combines medical and social services in evaluating and treating children who are suspected of being physically abused, sexually abused, and/or

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Planet Fitness to offer free at-home workout classes online


McDonald’s joins fast-food chains like Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell in removing restaurant seating and moving to drive-thru only.


Some gyms across the nation are closing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t workout. Planet Fitness, one of the nation’s largest chain gyms, is offering free online classes starting today, because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The at-home workouts began streaming on the company’s Facebook page March 16. These classes are open to anyone, including non-members.

“Our daily routines have changed in unexpected ways, and we know that people may not be able to get to the gym. That’s why we’re offering a free, daily virtual fitness class for everyone on Planet Fitness’ Facebook page from Monday through Friday,” said Jeremy Tucker, chief marketing officer of Planet Fitness, in a statement to USA TODAY. 

Planet Fitness (Photo: Planet Fitness.)

The workouts will be live-streamed at 7 p.m. ET each day for the next two weeks. And if you can’t make it live, the workouts will be available on-demand on Facebook and in Planet Fitness’ YouTube channel. No equipment is needed, and the classes last 20 minutes or less.

Tucker said that virtual classes “will be led by Planet Fitness certified trainers, as well as special guests like ‘The Biggest Loser’ coach and fitness trainer Erica Lugo, among others. The home workouts will offer tools to combat stress, while providing motivation and inspiration sure to keep us all physically and mentally fit.”

With President Donald Trump on Monday calling for Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people, most gyms will feel the impact immediately.

“We are calling this movement ‘United We Move’ because we know that the best way to stay healthy both physically and mentally is to stay active,” added Tucker.

The gym chain has consistently grown its revenue in the past three years, with a total revenue stream of $174.4 million for 2018. 

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