OHSU heart transplant deaths spiked before program shut down

PORTLAND — In 2017, the year before every cardiologist in the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital heart transplant program quit, the program experienced an alarming number of patient deaths.

The Oregonian reported the hospital eventually lost twice the number of people analysts expected. Since then, OHSU has dropped to among the worst places in the U.S. to receive a heart transplant.

A July 2019 report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients shows that people who received a heart transplant at OHSU Hospital in the last two years are at 67% higher risk to die in the first year after the operation than patients at comparable programs.

While OHSU Hospital officials say that the implosion of the heart program is unrelated to the deaths, the trend indicates that the heart transplant program started to experience trouble over a year before four cardiologists left.

Associated Press

Oregon raises objections to

Jordan Cove LNG project

Oregon says federal environmental impact findings for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project are inadequate and sometimes incorrect.

State agencies submitted 250 pages of comments to federal energy regulators this month on the project’s draft environmental impact statement. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the power to determine whether the controversial project can be built.

The Canadian company Pembina is proposing to build an LNG export terminal and pipeline in southwest Oregon. Natural gas from the Rockies and Canada would be piped from a new pipeline juncture in the Klamath County town of Malin about 230 miles across public and private property to a terminal at the Port of Coos Bay. There, the gas would be liquefied and loaded onto tanker ships bound for Asia.

Several Oregon state agencies reviewed economic, environmental and social impacts outlined in the project’s draft environmental impact statement, for which the public comment period closed on July 5. The overall message was that Jordan Cove and federal energy regulators do not tell the full story of how the project will affect local communities.

Some of the most critical feedback came from Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, which evaluated Jordan Cove’s plans to handle landslides, tsunamis and a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

“Geologically, it’s a very active area,” said DOGAMI resiliency engineer Yumei Wang of the four-county region in southwest Oregon.

She said for natural disasters like a Cascadia earthquake, it’s not if it’s going to happen, it’s when.

“When it happens, has the facility been designed to be safe? You don’t want to have things exploding and failing in a ways that hurt the public,” she said.

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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