On Sunday, Representative Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) suffered a heart arterial blockage. He is in the Salem Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The blockage was repaired through the insertion of two stents.

Rep. Bentz’s cardiologist will be performing additional tests Monday. It is anticipated that the Representative will be released from the hospital late this afternoon or early Tuesday morning. It is likely that Rep. Bentz will return to the Capitol, if the cardiologist allows, later this week.

“I am extremely fortunate to have recognized the symptoms almost immediately following their onset, that Salem Hospital is located about 6 minutes from the house I rent, and to have been near a hospital that enjoys and employs absolutely excellent staff very familiar with this type of medical issue,” said Rep. Bentz.

Rep. Bentz is very appreciative of the visits, texts, emails, and phone calls he has received from family, his friends and colleagues in the Capitol.

Rep. Bentz appreciates the thoughtfulness of those who may wish to send cards, flowers, or other well wishes, but in lieu of these items he would suggest donations be made to The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley or the Southeast Oregon Food Bank.

Boys & Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley
P.O. Box 876
Ontario, OR 97914

Southeast Oregon Food Bank
773 S. Oregon St.
Ontario, OR 97914