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PMH celebrates 61 years serving Crook County

The local hospital has undergone many technological and medical changes
Back in 1950, when Pioneer Memorial Hospital opened its doors, gas cost 18 cents a gallon, the average cost of a new car was $1,500 and nobody had even heard of microwaves or cell phones. There have been many changes over the last 61 years, certainly in technology and medical breakthroughs. Pioneer Memorial Hospital has continued to grow with these changes and provides the residents of Crook County and surrounding areas with a comprehensive range of both inpatient and outpatient services. Pioneer Memorial Hospital is a licensed, non-profit acute care facility that offers advanced services and affiliations with other medical providers. It has been active in sharing the vision of many other community non-profits through partnerships and funding. Volunteers are a big part of helping PMH keep their “small community hospital” feel. They run the gift shop, deliver mail and flowers to the patients, help visitors, provide clerical assistance in the office and so many other things. The hospital also employs approximately 200 people and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located on the hill at 1207 N Elm St, Pioneer Memorial Hospital has been and continues to be an important part of our community.
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   A new salon has opened at 932 NW Madras Hwy. Bonnie's Hair with Heart owner, Bonnie Everest has over 29 years experience and is well known in the Prineville area. She specializes in hair coloring and styling. In addition to being a full service salon, Bonnie's Hair with Heart offers nails by Judy Rae Solum and top-of-the-line Brocato products that are used and sold in the salon. Bonnie strives to make the salon experience a happy and relaxing one. She invites you to “come and pamper yourself.” Her hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. Please phone 541-416-3631.
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   Bergie's Coffee Barn is a new business in an old location. Owner Tammy Berg purchased the old Blondy's Coffee at 284 NE Third St. and has been busy totally remodeling the space with a new sign, deck area, new color scheme and, most exciting of all, a whole new menu. She plans on a grand opening on Saturday, June 25. Tammy says that Prineville is in for some exciting new taste treats. The large new menu will feature hot, cold and blended drinks, as well as daily specials and lunch items. The greatest new treat this summer will probably be the Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Bergie's Coffee Barn will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in and meet Tammy and try one of her great taste sensations!
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   Urban Girl is celebrating their one-year anniversary this month. This unique, trendy fashion accessory store located at 247 N. Main St. is a local favorite. A large selection of jewelry, fun makeup items, handbags, flip flops, sunglasses, wallets and belts are just a few of the things you'll find at this bright store. Owner Jenny Agee has three daughters who work at the store and give her advice on what to bring into the inventory. If you haven't had a chance to stop in, this is the perfect time of the year to do so. With all the fun summer items, you're sure to find something you like. Give Jenny and her girls a call at 541-416-8000 for more information.
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   St. Charles Health System leaders announced today that in addition to serving as CEO of Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Bob Gomes will also serve as acting CEO of St. Charles Redmond. Gomes has worked for St. Charles Health System since 2010.
   Dr. Michael Boileau, Chief Clinical Officer for St. Charles, said the appointment has been made on an interim basis as the health system is continuing to evaluate and reform its leadership structure as part of the development of an integrated delivery system. Patrick Varga’s departure as CEO in Redmond creates the opportunity to potentially shift some positions throughout the organization.
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   Summer is officially here! Just remember that a perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is lightly blowing, the birds are singing....and the lawn mower is broken! Enjoy!