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Mar 22, 2015

22 Mar 2015

March 22 Common Ground: Answering and paging opportunities, Breakfast with the CEO
March 22, 2015
breakfastDiscussion summary from Breakfast with the CEO
Salem Health CEO Norm Gruber dialogued with physicians about a range of important issues at February's breakfasts. He answered questions, including what a young person considering medicine should think about and the effect Zoom Care may have in Salem. Read the questions and Norm Gruber's responses. 


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briefingAttend a medical staff survey results briefing

Leaders from Integrated Healthcare Strategies (IHS), the company who conducted the medical staff engagement survey, will be here April 15 and 16 to share survey results and gather your ideas to address issues identified in the survey.


Please email Mary Maberry, Physician Office Liaison, or call 503-561-3778 with the session you would like to attend.    

  • Wednesday, April 15, 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. 
  • Thursday, April 16, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  

All sessions are located in Building A, sixth floor conference room, and a meal will be provided.


Based on IHS's experience in analyzing the most powerful drivers of physician engagement, obtaining your input during these sessions is essential so that action plans are developed that address what's important to our providers and positions Salem Health for the future.


Come hear what your peers have to say and help make your medical staff experience the best it can be!


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pagingNew paging and answering service opportunities available

To assist WVP IPA providers through the change from the Salem Health answering service, the WVP Health Authority reached out to the answering service providers detailed in Dr. Garrison's letter. After discussions with these groups, WVP was able to reach an agreeable contract with Physicians Answering Service.


In addition to the beneficial rates, Physicians Answering Service has excellent customer service, serves over 800 provider offices in Oregon and Washington and has been instrumental in three other community transitions from hospital-based answering services to private companies. This service, at the WVP contracted rates, is available to interested independent provider offices. Please contact Krista Lovaas, WVP Provider and Government Relations Manager, at 503-587-5123 or with any questions or for more information.


The Marion-Polk County Medical Society researched vendors who provide paging services. After a thorough review process, the Medical Society chose Spoke Mobile as their vendor and negotiated discounted rates.


Spoke Mobile is the leader in an array of mobile technology services for the health care industry, and provides health care paging in Portland and the northwest. Testing was done throughout the Marion-Polk region to ensure appropriate coverage.


The Marion-Polk Medical Society has contracted with Spoke to provide alpha and virtual paging services. The alpha paging service is a traditional pager unit, while the virtual paging utilizes a state-of-the-art HIPPA compliant application that is downloaded to your smartphone to allow you to receive pages to your smart phone without the need for an additional device.


The agreement the Medical Society has negotiated allows the provider to select either the paging option or a combination of both. For more information, please contact the Medical Society office at 503-362-9669.


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analyzerNew urinalysis analyzer
A new analyzer will be put in place starting Monday, April 6, 2015. Read about the new types of analysis that will be done and the resulting changes to reports.

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chenElliza M. Chen, MD - Anesthesiology

Oregon Anesthesiology Group, PC

Medical Education

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Madison, Wisconsin

September 2005 to May 2009 
Oregon Health & Science University        
Portland, Oregon
June 2009 to July 2013
Board Certification:  American Board of Anesthesiology


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Sarah F. Daniel, PA - Hematology Oncologydaniel
Medical Education: 

Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

August 1999 to August 2001 
Board Certification:  National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants







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Yekaterina Gincherman, MD - Nephrology

Kidney Care Physicians, LLCginchermann 

Medical Education: 

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, Missouri

August 2003 to May 2007 
Internal medicine 

Barnes Jewish Hospital

St. Louis, Missouri

June 2007 to June 2010

Barnes Jewish Hospital
St Louis, Missouri
uly 2010 to June 2010 
Board Certification:  American Board of IM/Nephrology
American Board of Internal Medicine


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Jacob M. Nicholson, ANP - Adult Nurse Practitioner

Salem Hospital - Trauma Servicesnicholson 

Medical Education: 

Georgetown University School of Nursing

Washington, District of Columbia 

January 2013 to September 2014 






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Sheethu Sadasivan, MD - Internal Medicine

Salem Clinic - Adult Medicine Hospitalistsadasivan 

Medical Education: 

Kasturba Medical College

Manipal, India
August 1996 to April 2002


University of New York
Stony Brook, NY
July 2006 to September 2009
Board Certification:  American Board of Internal Medicine



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Shawn D. Schumacher, MD - Anesthesiology

Oregon Anesthesiology Groupschumacher 

Medical Education: 

University of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

June 1996 to May 2000 
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 2000 to June 2001 
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama
July 2001 to June 2004 
Board Certification:  American Board of Anesthesiology



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Monika A. Siedlarz, MD - Pediatrics

Childhood Health Associates of Salemsiedlarz 

Medical Education: 

Ross University School of Medicine
Iselin, New Jersey

January 2007 to May 2011
Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Kalamazoo, Michigan
July 2011 to July 2012 
Western Michigan University
Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Kalamazoo, Michigan 
July 2012 to October 2014 

Tommy N. Vu, PA - Physician Assistant

Hope Orthopedics of Oregonvu 

Medical Education: 

Academy of Health Sciences
San Antonio, Texas

May 2012 to October 2014 
Board Certification:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants





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WHPWHP Family Medicine Keizer
Service Excellence Team Award, Working and Caring Together

Willamette Health Partners (WHP) Family Medicine Keizer exemplifies "Exceptional Experience Every Time." Although this clinic is the busiest within WHP Family Medicine, it also has the highest patient satisfaction scores. The physicians and staff, including  Ronald Palm, MD; Mojgan Mohandesi, MD; and William Carnett, MD, never let the work get in the way of spending time with patients and patient families. The comments received from patients each month consistently rave about the physicians and staff and how much they care about every single person that walks through the door. This team is truly a team. They are a "Family Caring for Families."


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The Oregon Patient Safety Commission honored Salem Hospital at its annual breakfast for  consistent efforts to investigate and prevent patient harms. Read: "Salem Hospital honored for patient safety efforts" from the Statesman Journal on March 17, 2015.
Silverton Health is in talks with Legacy Health about a potential partnership. Though Providence Health had been  a front runner in past discussions, Silverton is officially pursing a relationship with Legacy. Read: "Silverton Health in affiliation talks with Legacy" from the Statesman Journal on March 17, 2015.
legislationLegislation introduced to increase openness of health care pricing
Oregon lawmakers are examining two bills aimed at increasing the transparency surrounding medical costs. Read: "2 Oregon bills promote health care pricing transparency" from the Oregonian on March 9, 2015.
governorSalem doctor considers run for governor
Bud Pierce, MD, local oncology doctor and past president of the Oregon Medical Association, is mulling a gubernatorial run in 2016, when a special election will be held for the position. Read: "Republican doctor from Salem contemplates gubernatorial run" from the Oregonian article on March 16, 2015.
cancerSign up for the April Cancer Symposium
You are invited on Friday, April 17, to the fourth annual Cancer Symposium for Primary Care hosted by the Salem Cancer Institute (SCI).


From 12:30 to 6 p.m., at the Salem Conference Center, you will have an opportunity to better understand how to manage your cancer patients and coordinate with cancer specialists while earning 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™.


To register, call 503-561-5339 or go to


Physicians from OHSU, Kaiser Permanente, Silver Falls Dermatology and SCI will present on topics including "Genetic Risk Assessment for Inherited Cancer Syndrome," "Nutrition and Cancer-Can We Really Make a Difference," and "Watch Your Back: Early Detection of Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers."  


See the flier for additional program and CME information.


Don't miss out on this local opportunity to keep up on the latest in cancer care.


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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). 


First Aid/CPR

This class is for those who want to learn CPR and those who have a duty as a first responder to an emergency.

Date: Wednesday, April 1

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $85


Brain Agility

For boomers and beyond, this program combines presentations on brain health with a unique program of mental exercises designed by a psychologist to enhance brain agility.

Date: Thursdays, April 2 to May 14

Time: 10 to 11 a.m.

Cost: $35


Women's Self Defense

This class is taught by Salem Health's security expert, Walt Myers. Participants will learn vital steps to avoid potential problems as well as develop a plan for safety.

Date: Monday, April 13

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

Cost: $10


Children's Type 1 Diabetes Support Group

This support group is for children (babies to teens) and their parents or caregivers.  

Date: First Thursday of every month, starting April 2

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.



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