Posts by Lisa McMahan

A young child and his mother stand side-by-side, smiling, in front of a camp cabin

Finding community at camp

Twelve-year-old Alijah was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). He’s been treated at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since he was born, and has...

2020 Gifts for good

Looking for a way to support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital this holiday season? First of all: thank you! We depend on our community to help make the holidays special for kids and families,...

Happy Howl-oween from Hope and Davis!

Halloween is almost here – what better way to celebrate than with custom pumpkin carving templates featuring OHSU Doernbecher's beloved Hospital Facility Dogs, Hope and Davis? Download PDF...

Take care of yourself and your children this flu season

The number of vaccines administered to kids and adults in Oregon dropped dramatically during the first half of this year, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Hospitals are actively responding...

A smiling baby wearing a handkerchief and sitting in a stuffed chair.

Navigating sickle cell disease: Isaiah’s story

The Diagnosis August 8, 2018. Two weeks to the day of Isaiah’s birth, as promised. OHSU is calling me. First ring. I know what this is. It is the results of his newborn screening. Second...

Plastic basket full of cleaning supplies and equipment on white table in front of kitchen cabinets

Cleaning safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we take measures to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is an important part of preventing the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and...

A small child and adult wearing masks and playing with toys

Reopening and childcare: What are the risks of various options?

As many areas are starting to reopen services and workplaces following “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders, many families are needing to think about options for childcare. While many families have...

A young girl and her grandfather set the table for a meal.

Family meals: Connecting at the table

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone’s normal routine in the last few months – children, teens and adults. Although we cannot control many things outside of our homes, we can be optimistic...

COVID-19 and kids: Your questions, answered

Are kids immune to the virus that causes COVID-19? Kids are not immune to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. When they do contract the infection, however, they seem to have fewer symptoms...