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Feb 22, 2015

22 Feb 2015

Feb. 22 Common Ground: Affiliation update, Epic upgrade and survey reminder
Feb. 22, 2015
Read the latest progress report on the affiliation process with Oregon Health & Science University.

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surveyTwo days left to take the medical staff survey

The 2015 Medical Staff Engagement Survey comes to a close on Tuesday, Feb. 24. More than 26 percent of the medical staff (as of Feb. 17) has completed the survey. Thank you!


If you have not taken the survey, please look in your inbox for an email from INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies (aka: survey.coordinator @ and take the survey.

If you do not see it in your regular email, please check your junk email or do an email search for "IHStrategies."


If these options do not work for you, please contact Mary Maberry and she will help facilitate you getting to the survey link.


Your opinions are important in shaping medical staff engagement strategic initiatives. Please act, as this is the last reminder to take the survey.

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epicEpic upgrade will take effect Tuesday, Feb. 24

All providers who use Epic, whether at the hospital or a community clinic, must take the computer-based training by Monday, Feb. 23.  


You should have received an email from HealthStream (our computer-based training tool) with instructions for accessing HealthStream. The email will provide you with a link.  Please see the tip sheet for instructions on logging in.   


These trainings will only take a few minutes, and will introduce you to the new workflows in preparation for go-live at 5 a.m. on Feb. 24.   


For assistance after the go-live, please call the Command Center at 1-HELP from any hospital phone, or 503-561-4357 from outside the hospital.

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Garrett Wolter, DO - Anesthesiologywolter
Oregon Anesthesiology Group, PC
Medical Education:

University of North Texas Health Science Center   

Fort Worth, Texas   

July 2005 to May 2009

University of North Texas Health Science Center   

Fort Worth, Texas 

July 2010 to June 2013

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington
July 2010 to June 2013

Seattle Children's Hospital/UWSOM
Seattle, Washington
August 2013

Board Certification:
American Board of Anesthesiology

imagingImaging Services offers streamlined scheduling option
Patients needing routine X-rays can now take advantage of expanded hours and scheduled appointments. Scheduled appointments will reduce wait times and fast-track the registration and check-in process. Read more about the new hours and scheduling procedure.


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debriefingDebriefing process tips  
The Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee encourages the use of the debriefing process for educational, candid discussions about patient care events. Debriefing sessions should be held in a secure, protected and safe environment. Protected information should not be carried out into the public domain, such as nursing stations and hallways. The ability to resolve conflict and solve problems in a safe environment increases patient safety and work satisfaction. Knowing how to use this important tool is a vital part of its effectiveness. 


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oncologyNew interim oncology service line director 
Beverly Smith, cancer services manager, became the interim oncology service line director on Feb. 7.

Beverly has been with Salem Hospital since 1981 and has served as an oncology and renal staff nurse, charge RN, assistant nurse manager, radiation oncology manager and cancer services manager. Beverly earned her Master of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2012 with emphasis in health care systems.


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magnetMagnet® site visit set for June 1-3, 2015

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has accepted Salem Hospital's application for Magnet redesignation and will be visiting campus June 1 through 3, 2015.  


For this visit, clinical staff have documented that they have maintained Magnet standards and that they have made even more improvements in patient care. However, the ANCC noted specific areas that we need to explain or improve for review on June 1.  Teams are mobilizing to address these issues.


Magnet is a designation that only 7 percent of hospitals in the nation possess.  Magnet organizations attract and retain exceptional interdisciplinary staff that focus on delivering evidence-based care and ensuring excellent patient outcomes. Salem Hospital received its first Magnet designation in 2010.


Magnet designation is important to clinical staff because it reflects who the hospital is and what its staff does every day.  The staff has created a positive culture in which:

  • Staff feel empowered in their practice through shared decision-making councils
  • Staff seeks exemplary professional practice
  • Staff believe in transformational leadership
  • New knowledge and innovation is promoted  

Please take a moment to think about what you're most proud of in your clinical practice and be ready to share this with the surveyors in June! 


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taggartDr. Tracy Taggart wins Service Excellence Award

Tracy Taggart, MD, has spent the past few years teaching and training staff to recognize dangerous infections. The training paid off recently, when staff recognized a serious infection in a patient and consulted with Dr. Taggart. Most patients with this diagnosis die before surgery or shortly after. Dr. Taggart promptly took the patient to surgery and saved her life by rapidly and skillfully performing a difficult operation. Others, including Dr. Girod from Infectious Disease, have recognized the importance of Dr. Taggart's work on the surgical management of infection and her commitment to train others to recognize infection.


Dr. Taggart goes above and beyond both in and out of the operating room. There are people in our community who are alive today because of her surgical skills and her persistent effort to educate staff about necrotizing infections. 

paymentsHospitals, providers to feel effects of CMS payment changes
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is linking 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality outcomes by the end of 2016. These changes have big implications for hospitals and providers who serve Medicare patients. Read: Feds step up changes to hospital payments, from the USA TODAY article on Jan. 26.
howardHoward Hall comes down
Construction crews have been hard at work this week preparing the property between Church and Mission streets for construction. Howard Hall, an old brick building formerly used by the Oregon School for the Blind, has been torn down and salvaged, with plans to use the bricks for a commemorative garden. Read:  Howard Hall demolished, from the Statesman Journal article on Feb. 6.
measlesProtocol suggested for clinic measles response
Leaders from Salem Hospital's Emergency Department urged local clinics to be cautious when referring patients with a suspected case of measles to the ED. Uncomplicated cases of the measles can be monitored and treated at home. The protocol is intended to protect other ED patients with vulnerable immune systems and guard against unnecessary overcrowding of the ED. Read: Salem Hospital sets protocol for measles response from the Statesman Journal article on Feb. 18.
cancerCancer Symposium: Save the Date

The Fourth Annual Cancer Symposium for Primary Care is slated for Friday, April 17, at the Salem Convention Center. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., and the program concludes at 6 p.m. It will be followed by a wine and cheese social.


More details coming soon. Get ready to learn about the latest in cancer care! 

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quality21st century healthcare: Harmonizing access, quality and cost

Featuring Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, and panel discussions, this day-long symposium hosted by Salem Hospital and Willamette University College of Law will look at the progress and promises of the Affordable Care Act. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.   


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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).


Infant CPR 
Learn how to help a baby who is choking, respond to a breathing or cardiac emergency, and how to childproof your home.

Date: Monday, Feb. 23

Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10
Location: Community Health Education Center, CHEC Classroom #2


This chair based yoga class is perfect for anyone, especially those with limited mobility, arthritis, injuries, or chronic pain. The chairs are used for seated poses, resting, and stabilizing,
without needing to get on the floor.

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 24 through April 2

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $40

Location: Salem Hospital, Building D (939 Oak Street SE) Second Floor Classroom

Mastery of Aging Well  

Join this three-week class series for practical, research-based solutions to the challenges aging family members may be encountering. This is a video series with a nurse-facilitator. 

Date: Thursdays, March 5 through 19

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5

Location: Community Health Education Center, CHEC Classroom #1


Support for Eating Disorders 

For family and friends of a loved one who has an eating disorder. Topics include self-care, stress management, feelings, communication skills and more.

Date: Thursdays, March 5 to 26

Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Community Health Education Center, Support Group Room


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