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GRH Deactivates Hospital Incident Command

Corporate news | Thursday, October 1, 2020

Contact: Mardi Ford

LA GRANDE – Effective Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) has stepped down our Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) structure for the COVID-19 response. This deactivation was announced by Incident Commander (IC) Elaine LaRochelle yesterday afternoon. Read her statement here:

“Duties that were under control of Incident Command have been returned to departments to continue operations. After seven months of working closely together, our Command Staff is well experienced in their respective positions. They will work closely with our Executive Leadership Team, as they have been, as we continue to navigate through the current and coming COVID-19 realities.

I want to thank our President and CEO Jeremy Davis, whose support and active participation within the Incident Command structure helped make our efforts successful. We made a lot of changes over the past several months. Some are now incorporated into the operating guidelines of our corporation and have become part of our organizational lifestyle. I’m proud of our response. I thank everyone for hanging in there with us through all the changes we have endured. I think we are stronger for it.”

Incident Command was activated on March 02, 2020 at 2:22 PM – at 212 days, it is the longest activation in the history of Grande Ronde Hospital. In addition to serving the organization as IC under the HICS, Elaine LaRochelle is the Director of Facilities at GRH.


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Grande Ronde Hospital, Inc. is a state and nationally recognized and award winning not-for-profit health system that includes a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 12 outpatient clinics. We are located in Union County, Oregon, serving our base population of more than 25,000 residents, as well as providing services for the greater Eastern Oregon region. Since 1907, Grande Ronde Hospital has led this region in efforts to stabilize and secure rural health care services for the communities we serve, while also working to improve the quality of life of all our residents. Today we employ more than 700 people, all dedicated to providing quality health care services to our patients. We offer a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center; Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitation Therapy and Sports Medicine Services, and Home Care Services providing both home health and hospice care needs. We also operate 12 primary and specialty care clinics: the Cardiology Clinic, the Dermatology Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Hematology & Oncology Clinic, the Neurology Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Specialty Clinic (General Surgery, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), Podiatry, Rheumatology, and Urology), Urgent Care, the Wound Care Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Women’s & Children’s Clinic (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics). For more information, please visit www.grh.org.