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Apr 5, 2015

05 Apr 2015

April 5 Common Ground: Changes to paging line
April 5, 2015
linesChanges to Salem Hospital paging line

On Tuesday, April 14, the *80 in-house paging line will no longer be active. This line is used to page services like EVS or EKG to a patient room. If you have used this number in the past, you will simply dial 0 to reach the switchboard, who will send the page for you.

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affiliationAffiliation update from Norm Gruber
Salem Health agreed to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Oregon Health & Science University this week, indicating their continued progress towards affiliation. Read Salem Health CEO Norm Gruber's letter announcing the LOI, and learn about an opportunity to ask him questions about the affiliation on April 14, 12 to 1 p.m at Wedel Auditorium.


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vteImportant VTE work happening at Salem Hospital
John Hannig, MD, delivered a presentation to the Physician Leadership Council on March 19, 2015, outlining the current work being done to make venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention a part of the hospital's normal workflow. VTE is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in hospitalized patients. Read the PowerPoint to learn about background, core measurements, a case study and a description of the steps being taken to prevent VTE at Salem Hospital.
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dischargeHospital discharge summary is more important than ever
Properly documenting a hospital discharge not only ensures consistency in patient care, it has become a vital step in obtaining fair reimbursement for the services received at the hospital. Read about the growing importance of discharge paperwork as well as tips and tricks for properly writing a discharge summary.
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coagAnti-coagulation notes now available on Epic records

The Anti-Coagulation clinics at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital went live with the Epic upgrade on Monday, March 23.  Epic users can now see the anti-coagulation notes on patient records.  


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hygieneHand hygiene resources to reduce hospital infections
Salem Health is focused on improving hand hygiene as a key part of the strategic initiative to increase patient safety. The goal is to increase proper hand hygiene compliance from 85 percent to 92 percent. This will reduce hospital-spread infection by 50 percent and save the lives of patients.

Though it may sound easy and even rudimentary, proper handwashing is not as simple as it sounds. Everyone needs a reminder to build good techniques and habits.  

To make sure handwashing isn't a wasted gesture, we need to know the right way to apply soap

Hand hygiene instructional video
Hand hygiene instructional video

or foam, the right motions for scrubbing and how long to scrub.   


As part of this effort, there are three new resources available:

  1. Instructional video for clinical staff describing how to wash and foam 
  2. Instructional video for surgical staff, describing how to wash, foam and scrub for surgery 
  3. Flier outlining the key steps in foaming and washing 

Take a moment to review these steps and share them with your staff. 

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adamsLisa M. Adams, MD - Internal Medicine

Salem Hospital - Adult Medicine Hospitalist

Medical Education

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, Texas

August 1996 to June 2000
Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
July 2000 to June 2003 
Board Certification:  American Board of Internal Medicine


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Winston Chang, MD - Anesthesiology

Oregon Anesthesiology Group, PCchang 
Medical Education: 

New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

September 2002 to June 2006 
Internal Medicine 
Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester
New York City, New York
July 2002 to June 2005  
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
July 2007 to June 2010
Board Certification:  American Board of Anesthesiology


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Trang K. Huynh, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University huynh 

Medical Education: 

SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse Syracuse, New York

August 1998 to May 2002 

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   

June 2007 to June 2010

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Columbia University-Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital       

New York, New York
July 2005 to June 2008 
Board Certification:  American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal 


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paymentsUS House passes bill to change physician payment formula
Doctors who treat Medicare patients are facing a significant cut in reimbursement rates if Congress does not intervene. The House has sent a measure to the Senate which would revamp the way doctors are paid and increase reimbursement rates over the next five years. Read FAQ: The House Passes A Bill To Fix Medicare's Doctor Payments. What's In It? from Keizer Health News on March 26, 2015.
Regional media took note of the announcement that Salem Health and Oregon Health & Science University have agreed to sign a Letter of Intent. Read what the Statesman Journal had to say on Thursday, April 2 in the article Salem Health, OHSU close to striking deal.
administratorWVH administrator profiled in local paper
The Polk County Itemizer-Observer interviewed West Valley Hospital's new administrator, Jim Sapienza. Read Hospital's new boss is on the job, March 25, 2015, for a glimpse at Jim's history, interests and how he ended up at West Valley Hospital.
centerWVH helps open school-based health center
West Valley Hospital has joined with other community partners to open a school-based health center in Independence. The Central Health and Wellness Center will provide medical, dental, mental health and addiction services, as well as early Head Start and child care. Read Health, child care center coming to Polk County from the March 9, 2015 Statesman Journal and Center will increase health access from the Polk County Itemizer-Observer from March 18, 2015.
checUpcoming classes at the CHEC  

Select class headlines to download a flier to print and share with your patients. For more information and to register visit the CHEC website or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC). 


Chair Yoga

This chair based yoga class is perfect for anyone, especially those with limited mobility, arthritis, injuries, or chronic pain.

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14 to May 21

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $40


Yoga Basics

This non-intimidating yoga class will connect participants with their breath and movement, allowing them to find more comfort, mobility, and fitness in life.

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14 to May 21

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Cost: $40


Lymphedema Management for Breast Cancer

Facilitated by a physical therapist, this one-time class covers the management of lymphedema through prevention, early detection and education.
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free


Boot Camp for New Dads

New dads and dads-to-be will learn the ropes from men who have successfully made the transition to being a father. Discussion topics include what it means to become a dad, forming your new family and caring for new moms.

Date: Monday, April 20

Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10


Better Breathers Support Group

A support group for people with chronic disease, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. 

Date: Second Tuesday of every month

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free


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