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Jun 28, 2015

28 Jun 2015

June 28, 2015
populationUpdate on partnership with Population Health Alliance of Oregon

Last year, in an update on major initiatives at Salem Health in this newsletter, we shared our intent to work with Moda and six other Oregon hospitals and health systems to create a population health delivery model. One year later, the alliance has been created and recently changed its name to Propel Health. Propel Health is headed by former Salem Health CFO Aaron Crane with Geoff Swanson, MD, serving as Chief Medical Officer. Other member organizations include:

  • Asante (Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass)
  • Bay Area Hospital (Coos Bay)
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles)
  • Moda Health
  • OHSU (Portland and statewide)
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center (Klamath Falls)
  • St. Charles Health System (Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras)

As disruptions and changes in the health care industry continue, particularly the way in which providers are reimbursed, hospitals and practices across Oregon are seeking advanced delivery models that lead to better health at a lower cost for their patients. Propel Health will provide the tools, technology and partnerships that will enable member organizations to adopt value-based care best practices, improve the health of at-risk populations and capture more savings for providers.


The key strategies of Propel Health include:

  • Integrate market-proven information technology providing analytics and work flow support that improves quality of care and lowers cost
  • Establish a governance model with physician leaders driving quality and care delivery strategies
  • Develop economic models that reward providers in this new care model
  • Steadily grow the number of lives under management

Propel Health will initially focus on augmenting the quality of care delivered to the employees of the member organizations by developing integrated care management programs. As this product offering develops, under the supervision of Propel Health's Board of Directors and Quality and Health Management (QHM) committee, communication with local providers will become a key focus.


Stay tuned for more information as this initiative develops in upcoming issues of Common Ground.

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transitionAffiliation transition planning
As affiliation plans progress, discussions are turning to practical matters. Read the latest affiliation update, and learn about the Transition Planning Task Force and work streams that will tackle the many questions surrounding affiliation and its implications. 
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linesCardiothoracic operations transfer to Salem Health and Willamette Health Partners

Recently, Northwest Surgical (part of the Oregon Clinic) approached Salem Health and Willamette Health Partners about assuming operations of cardiothoracic surgery at Salem Hospital. Operations will transition effective July 1, 2015.


Drs. Thomas Winkler and Juan Oyarzun, as well as physician assistants Paul Wacek, Pamela Voltz and Jen Tobin, will continue to see patients at the same Salem Hospital location.


Dr. Kai Engstad will be going to Oregon Clinic's Portland office located at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 2222 NW Lovejoy St., Suite 315, Portland, Oregon, 503-226-6321.


Northwest Surgical has performed cardiac surgery at Salem Hospital since 1989. In 2003, Northwest Surgical joined the Oregon Clinic. The professional decision to transition care to Willamette Health Partners will ensure long-term stability for the cardiothoracic services here in Salem.


Willamette Health Partners looks forward to continuing cardiothoracic surgery services and offering excellent care. The location will remain in Building C, Suite 5020 on the Salem Hospital campus. Please note that they are keeping the same phone number (503-371-4044) and you can continue to fax referrals to 503-371-4356. Electronic patient records will be available in Epic for both clinic and hospital reports.

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affiliationYour network password must be changed

On July 28, all Salem Health network passwords must be changed (this is the password you use to log into computers, Epic, EpicRemote, Document Imaging, etc).


You can change your password at any time before July 28, but all remaining unchanged passwords will be forced to change on that date. Salem Health has moved to a yearly password reset policy to ensure the safety of our patients and comply with the password management policy, the HIPAA security rule, KPMG financial audit requirements, and information security best practices.


New passwords must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of eight characters
  • Must contain characters from at least three of the following categories
    • English uppercase characters (A - Z)
    • English lowercase characters (a - z)
    • Numeric characters (0 - 9)
    • Special characters (for example: !, $, #, or %)

To change your password at any time, follow these instructions on a computer logged into the Salem Health network. For more information call the Solution Center at 503-561-4357 for assistance.



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vteHave you started your mandatory ICD 10 training?

The ICD-10 training modules are now assigned in the HealthStream system! (Reference this tip sheet for help logging into and navigating HealthStream). The required modules must be completed by Aug. 31, 2015. If you have noticed some modules with a due date of Dec. 31, 2015, these are optional learning modules and are for office-based practices. Salem Health is providing the optional modules for your learning if you choose to use them. CME credit is available for all modules whether required or optional. The optional modules will disappear after Dec. 31 if not completed.  


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engagementMessage from the Medical Staff Engagement Committee

Improved provider communication has become a significant focus for Salem Health over the past year.    

The Compact Implementation Committee (CIC) and the Medical Staff Engagement Committee worked together to create another avenue for medical staff communication: the communication board.  


The communication board is located in the main hallway near surgery and the adjacent sky bridge. In the 2015 Medical Staff Engagement Survey you were asked if you read this board. The survey shows this alternate news vehicle is a valuable place for providers who work at Salem Hospital.


So, the next time you're in Building A, check out the communication board for the latest in hospital and service line news.



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clabsiNational Health Safety Network definitions for CLABSI
Knowledge is the first step in combatting hospital-acquired infections like Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). Read the surveillance definition and commonly asked questions about CLABSI.


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kudosSalem Health receives kudos in case study

The Governance Institute has published a highly complimentary case study focused on Salem Health. Physicians, leaders and staff put a significant amount of effort into this project. Read: Salem Health Models Widespread Quality Improvement.



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doddJohn G. Dodd, DO - Ophthalmology
Medical Education

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern
Glendale, Arizona   

Sept. 2002 to June 2007 
Type: Medicine 

University Hospitals - AOA Traditional Rotating    
July 2007 to June 2008  

Type: Ophthalmology 

Michigan State University Osteopathic Ophthalmology
July 2008 to June 2011 



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Angela T. Young, PA - Gastroenterology

Salem Gastroenterology Consultantsyoung 

Medical Education: 

Hahnemann University School of Medicine - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 1987 to June 1990 



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developmentsSalem Health and United Healthcare agree to contract renewal

The Statesman Journal reported that Salem Health and United Healthcare have signed an agreement for a new contract. Read: Salem Health, United Healthcare renew contract by Saerom Yoo on June 21, 2015.


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regenceRegence, Salem Health reach contract agreement

Regence policyholders will continue to have in-network service at Salem hospital. Read: Salem Health, Regence renew contract by Saerom Yoo on June 24, 2015.


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cancerNational author presentation on health care reform

The Salem City Club is holding a free public forum on health care reform and universal access to health care on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Creekside Room. T.R. Reid, noted author of "The Healing of America" and host and writer of the PBS documentary "Sick Around the World", will give his perspectives on the goals of U.S. health care reform and the ability of the Affordable Care Act to achieve them. He speaks about his research on health care systems in the U.S. and around the world. This is the seventh in a multi-year series of city club talks, all of which have been sponsored by Salem Health. 

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). 


Freedom From Smoking
Designed for adults who want to quit smoking, the American Lung Association's gold standard program has helped thousands of smokers quit for good. 

Date: Thursdays, July 9 through Aug. 20

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $120. Scholarships available.


Do you know what your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI) numbers are? If not, join us for a Know Your Numbers screening and interactive class to help you understand what your numbers mean.
Date: Friday, July 10
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $10. Scholarships available.


Working out on an exercise ball has a variety of physical benefits from gentle stretching to increasing strength. This lunch-hour class can improve posture and back health, promote muscular balance and enhance mobility.
Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, July 13 through Aug. 7
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $40. 


Mended Hearts meetings offer peer-to-peer support for cardiac patients and their families and caregivers. Meetings help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis.
Date: First Monday of each month
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free.


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Email us anytime with feedback, suggestions, or something for the next issue!  Dr. Ian Loewen-Thomas, Chair, Compact Implementation Committee