2-3 to 2-7-2020
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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 7, 2020
6:35: Rick Manning, President of American’s for Limited Government chats with Bill.
It’s the Weekly Swamp Update with Rick Manning! Check out more from Rick, all over at: DailyTorch.com
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report!
8:10: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform calls in today.
Today, we’ll be talking with Dave about President Trump’s bombshell about “Merit Based Immigration,” during the State of The Union Address.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian thinker talks with Bill today. It’s the Wednesday Transportation Update.
So… could the Green Mafia be setting its sights on the internal combustion engine? Maybe so, as it seems even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has capitulated in telling the British public that plans are in the works to mode out all cars with internal combustion engines.
READ: The End Has a Date
Find out more, all over at: EPAutos.com
7:10 Jack Armstrong with Timber Unity talks with Bill. We’ve got more talk, and information on the big Trucker and Logger rally/protest in Salem tomorrow.
7:25: Kevin Keating, Chair of the Jackson County Republican Party talks with Bill, live in studio.
The Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is coming! And you can get your tickets now.
Head over to the office in Medford at 311 E. Main Street. Or you can call: 541-770-5277.
7:35: Mr. X, community activist, research guru and all around nice guy joins Bill in studio.
So, the Greenies are trying to tell us now, that the smoke that hampered the Rogue Valley for most of the summer of 2017 and 18 was the result of “climate caused Canadian wildfires.” You know, instead of the ones burning just miles away from towns and cities here? Well, we’ll chat about that more with Mr X!
Would you like to read more from Mr. X’s vast reams of paper? You can! Just head over to his website: MrXFiles.com
“The Truth Will Set You Free!”
8:35: Randall Lee from Advanced Air and Hal Jones with the Medford 549C School District join Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”
8:50: Kim Andresen with Special Olympics along with athlete Nick Hiti, and Knights of Columbus member Joe Schaecher join Bill in studio.
We’ll be talking about the upcoming Polar Plunge event, which goes to benefit Special Olympics.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:35: Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism chats with Bill. Dr. Bostom has released a new edition of his book ,which he and Bill will talk about today.
Check out more from Dr. Bostom at his website: AndrewBostom.org
7:10: Jimmy Crumpacker, Congressional candidate for Oregon’s 2nd District joins Bill in studio. Get more information at: CrumpackerForCongress.com
7:35: Angelita Sanchez, Co-Founder of Timber Unity chats with Bill. The big protest against all things climate change, vaccines and anti-Second Amendment is coming on Thursday. Bill will actually be broadcasting live from the State Capitol that morning.
8:10: Tyler Flaming, President of the Grants Pass City Council chats with Bill today. Tyler will update you today on all of the issues facing the city right now.
8:25: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls in from Salem to tell us what’s going on in the short Legislative session.
8:50: Darcy Mann-Self and Toni Arnspiger from The Pear Blossom Festival Committee join Bill live in studio to tell you about this year’s event.
Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 3, 2020
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com chats with Bill. It’s the Monday Outdoor Report!
7:35: Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center talks with Bill. Today, we talk about the new trade deal signed by President Trump. USMCA. Is it actually WORSE than NAFTA?
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill, live in studio today. It’s this week’s edition of: “Visiting Past & Present.”
Providence Medford Medical Center
by Dennis Powers
Providence Medford Medical Center (“PMMC”) is part of a very large hospital network that includes hospitals in Hood River, Milwaukie, Newberg, Portland, Seaside, Oregon City, and other Oregon localities. A young widow, Emilie Gamelin, was instrumental in 1843 in establishing a religious community of Catholic women in Montreal, Quebec. Soon called the Sisters of Providence (for their trust in divine providence), the nuns dedicated their lives to caring for the sick and oppressed, the elderly, and orphans. In 1856, they came to Vancouver in the Washington Territory; two years later, they had opened St. Joseph Hospital, the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest.
In Portland, the sisters opened the state’s first permanent hospital—Providence St. Vincent—in 1875. Over time to the present, their operations evolved into an extensive non-profit network of 50-plus hospitals, 29 long-term care facilities, over 1000 clinics, health plans, thousands of physicians, and affiliated services throughout Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington with total revenues approaching $19 billion. In Medford, PMMC today is a 168-bed acute and outpatient care facility, offering numerous services: from stroke care, rehabilitation, maternity, cancer, and home care to emergency, cardiac, spine health, and numerous other services.
During the early 1910s, trained (or untrained) nurses—supervised by some 30 doctors in “houses for the sick”—were the hospitals at that time. Medford’s population then was 11,500 and with “fine wide street and concrete pavements.” Wanting a modern medical operation, local physicians petitioned Portland’s Archbishop and the Sisters of Charity of Providence to bring one about in the city.
Some 50 years after establishing the Northwest’s first hospitals and schools, three of the Providence Sisters arrived in Medford on May 26, 1911 (during the Orchard Boom), and the first entry recorded in the “Chroniques de l’Hôpital du Sacré Coeur”—the original leather-bound, handwritten journals kept by the nuns in their native French for the first decade—was entered that day. They utilized a small, yellow house at South Central Avenue and 11th Street for their first hospital. Tending to 14 patients the day after arriving, they set up a place to worship, noting that “the house is poor and very disorderly.”
The nuns quickly instituted plans to construct a hospital on Nob Hill in Siskiyou Heights. Despite the doctors’ chilly reception, residents agreed to raise money for the hospital. Seven months after arriving, the sisters with their patients moved on January 2nd, 1912, into the new red-bricked Sacred Heart Hospital (built for $150,000). Despite their modern facility and equipment, the Sisters were not “assured of any money for our daily bread,” and listed gifts of winter hay that year for their two cows, along with peas, apples, eggs, tomatoes, and other produce donated by local supporters.
Sacred Heart at the end of its first year had served 350 meals to the poor. Providence today still designates one day per year when everyone can eat bread and soup in its cafeteria, regardless of the ability to pay. It accepts donations for St. Vincent de Paul Society’s soup kitchen from those who so can afford. In its first fundraising event in 1913, Sacred Heart featured “fancy objects,” such as “embroidery, laces, paintings, and a doll wearing a complete winter wardrobe.” And its fundraising efforts have continued to the present.
The Sisters helped hundreds of patients without charge over the first decade, gave free hospital care to many, and donated medicine to the needy. They visited the sick in their homes, as well as cared for the ill and needy in Sacred Heart Hospital. Growing each year and over the decades, the hospital (with the shortened name of “Providence”) moved in 1966 to its larger, current location on Crater Lake Avenue.
Over time, the order provided its Medford hospital administrators until 1970, when Sister Carmelina stepped down and Jack Stormberg became Providence’s first lay employee in that position. For over twenty years afterwards, however, Sister Carmelina folded sheets in the laundry room and made hospital rounds. The Sisters gradually reduced their hospital operations, as their numbers decreased. In 2010, the order relinquished governance of its five-state Providence Health & Services to a secular board of directors.
Providence provides in excess of $30 million in charity care each year for uninsured patients. In addition to locations in Central Point and Phoenix, as well as its own insurance plan coverage, this 168-bed, major area hospital continues to increase its presence. In 2015 (among previous moves), it purchased the Medford Medical Clinic (a multi-specialty patient clinic); in 2018, it completed construction of an L-shaped, three-story, 64,000-square-foot medical office as a primary, specialty, and urgent care center (including the Medford Medical Clinic) on the southwest corner of Highway 99 and Steward Avenue.
Sources: Sarah Lemon, “A century of divine providence,” Mail Tribune, May 22, 2011, at Providence Medford Medical Center; Providence Health & Services (Oregon and SW Washington) at Providence History; “Waymarking.com/Hospitals: Providence Medford Medical Center,” at Providence Medical Center (Medford); Greg Stiles, “Medical plaza opens at Stewart Meadows,” Mail Tribune, January 4, 2018, at Medical Plaza Opening 2018; see Providence St. Joseph Health overall at Overall Operations.