Despite the calamities that the coronavirus and Archie Creek Fire have wrought on this region, many local businesses keep chugging along. A few have even distinguished themselves and been recognized for it.

One of those is the Umpqua Health Alliance, which was among the top-performing coordinated care organizations in Oregon last year, according to data compiled in the Oregon Health Authority’s annual metrics report. The report includes metrics selected by OHA as part of the quality incentive program designed to produce improved health outcomes for Oregon Health Plan members.

A coordinated care organization is a network of health care providers, including physical and mental health care, dental care providers, and others who work together in their local communities to serve people who receive health care coverage under the Oregon Health Plan. There are 15 CCO’s in Oregon.

In addition to exceeding 16 of the 20 one-year benchmark and improvement targets in 2019, UHA showed the greatest progress in reducing smoking prevalence and emergency room utilization, and increasing childhood immunization rates and oral evaluations for adults with diabetes, according to a news release. The ratio of OHP members who identified as current smokers dropped from 36.6% to 25.9% and the ratio of visits to the emergency department dropped from 55.8% to 51.6%, both indications of better health and more appropriate care, the release said.

UHA performed exceptionally strong in metrics related to children’s health, including access to care, adolescent well-care visits, assessments for children in state custody, dental sealants, developmental screenings, postpartum care and health counseling.

Elsewhere, two Roseburg businesses were recently named among the best places to work in Oregon.

Lone Rock Resources and TerraFirma Foundation Systems, both based in Roseburg, were highly ranked in Top Workplaces 2020 list compiled by the Oregonian/OregonLive. The competition, now in its ninth year, is open to all employers with at least 35 employees in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Lone Rock was selected as the number 2 overall in midsize companies, which is those with between 100-500 employees. TerraFirma ranked 31 in that same category.

“It was an awesome and humbling recognition,” Lone Rock Resources President and CEO Toby A. Luther said. The entire list can be found at: www.oregonlive.com/topworkplaces/2020/09/95-great-places-to-work-in-oregon-and-sw-washington-top-workplaces-2020.html.

Then you have the Roseburg software company Carrot, which was again named one of the fastest growing companies in the country by Inc. Magazine. The company, founded by Trevor Mauch, landed at 1,830 in the list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the United States. Carrot showed a three year growth of 233%, according to the list.

This is the third year in a row that Carrot has made the list. The company ranked No. 1,235 on the list last year and No. 699 in 2018.

“There are millions of businesses in the U.S., so we’re proud to be one of the fastest growing,” Mauch said of Carrot, which sells software that assists real estate investor web sites get better leads. “I guess less than 10% of businesses who make the Inc. 5000 list ever make it three years in a row, so it’s cool being in that rare group.”

The complete list can be found at https://www.inc.com/inc5000/list.

And finally this, disappointing but not surprising news from Kyle Bailey and our sister radio station, News Radio 1240 KQEN:

“After 31 years, JCPenney’s in Roseburg will have its final day in business on Sunday (Oct. 18).”

Corporate Communications Specialist Susan Bryan confirmed the closure with News Radio 1240 KQEN. Bryan said the store, located in the Garden Valley Shopping Center, opened in 1989.”

In mid-May, JCPenney announced plans to close nearly 250 stores, leaving about 600 open. In a June 4 bankruptcy court filing, the company listed the first 154 of those stores slated to close. The Roseburg store was among those listed to close, as well as stores in Bend, McMinnville and Salem.

The Roseburg JCPenney store closed for nearly three months due to COVID-19. It reopened on June 12, but that was merely to sell off inventory. The store spans about 35,000 square feet.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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