Nominations sought for 2014 Oregon Rural Health Hero Award

06/04/14  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University is seeking nominations for the 2014 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Award. The award will honor an outstanding person, program or organization that has improved the quality and availability of health care in rural communities.

"Rural Oregon is full of heroes,” said Scott Ekblad, director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health. "Think of the people or organizations that have had an impact on health care in your community — access, education, delivery. These are the heroes that make our communities great places to live and are the people you can honor by nominating them for the health hero of the year.”

The 2014 Oregon Rural Health Hero will be announced at the 31th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference Oct. 15 - 17, 2014 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Nomination forms will be accepted from now through July 25, 2014.

For more information about the award, please contact Linda Peppler, Oregon Office of Rural Health, 503 494-4450 or

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only public academic health and research university. As one of Oregon's largest employers with more than 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.