Rep. Bentz recovering from arterial blockage

State Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, right, listens to concerns about transportation funding at a John Day City Council meeting in January. Bentz is expected to make a full recovery after an arterial blockage Sunday.

On Sunday, Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) suffered a heart arterial blockage.

He is in the Salem Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a press release from his office. The blockage was repaired through the insertion of two stents.

Bentz’s cardiologist will be performing additional tests today, June 12. It is anticipated Bentz will be released from the hospital late this afternoon or early tomorrow morning. It is likely 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 six 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,” Bentz said in the release.

Bentz said he is very appreciative of the visits, texts, emails and phone calls he has received from family, his friends and colleagues in the Capitol. Bentz appreciates the thoughtfulness of those who may wish to send cards, flowers or other well wishes, but in lieu of these items, he suggests donations be made to The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley or the Southeast Oregon Food Bank.

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