Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surgeon Christeen Osborn, 35, of Hood River, was struck and critically injured at around 1:24 p.m. July 7 while cycling five miles south of Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast.
According to Oregon State Police reports, Osborn, who was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 35, was on her bicycle and struck from behind by Wanda Cortese, 78, of Kennewick, Wash.
Cortese, who was driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan, reportedly drifted onto the northbound shoulder and struck Osborn, ejecting her onto the northbound shoulder.
Osborn’s husband, Charles Petit, was riding ahead of her and after realizing she was not with him, returned along the highway to find her critically injured. Osborn was evacuated by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment. She was wearing a protective helmet.
As of press time, Osborn remained in LEMC’s intensive care unit in critical condition. The family is asking for privacy during this time. “They appreciate everyone’s concern, but ask for no calls or visitors at the hospital,” said Christine Vander Werf, associate manager of public affairsat PHRMH.
“Our thoughts are with Christeen’s family during this difficult time,” said Ed Freysinger, chief executive of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. “We will work together as a team at Providence to help support them. We also will be reaching out to her patients to help meet their needs during her recovery.”
Osborn’s husband is an orthopedic surgeon in both Hood River and The Dalles. The couple does not have any children.
The incident is still under investigation by OSP Astoria Area Command troopers. Traffic was reportedly heavy at the time of the accident and several witnesses were being interviewed. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be contributing factors, according to OSP.
Neither Cortese nor her husband were injured in the accident.
Osborn recently joined PHRMH’s Surgery Center to serve the community’s health care needs.
According to her company biography, she and her husband “moved to Hood River to embrace the outdoor opportunities, healthy lifestyle and the personalization of a small town.”
Osborn formerly worked in a rural, community hospital in Alamosa, Colo.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge