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Nov 1, 2015

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haiSalem Hospital, West Valley Hospital score well in HAI report
Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital infection rates are lower than national rates and below what was predicted for our hospitals, according to Oregon's 2014 report.
For more than a year, Salem Health focused efforts on increasing hand hygiene. This was a strategic initiative, supported by the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Salem Health's hand hygiene compliance rate is now greater than 92 percent, far exceeding the national average of 75 percent.
One example of concrete improvement occurred in Salem Hospital's operating rooms. The OR team's emphasis on hand hygiene generated a culture of physician and staff collaboration in reminding one another to "foam in" when entering and "foam out" when exiting OR suites. This demonstrates the commitment to preventing hospital-acquired infections.

As a result of the increased attention to hand hygiene, approximately 40 fewer infections occurred - a 22 percent reduction. Hospital-acquired infections cost from $890 to $59,000 per infection. This increased focus on prevention efforts reduce health care costs by an estimated $450,000.
Our goal is to achieve zero infections from any cause. We identify areas where we have infections and compare our processes to evidence-based measures or guidelines such as those recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We can achieve our goal of zero infections by continuing the collaboration between hospital staff, patients, and providers.
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fluTime running out for flu vaccines 
There are only two weeks left in the No Flu Here League season. This is Salem Health's campaign to protect patients by ensuring that employees and providers are vaccinated. If you have not received your flu shot by Nov. 15, you will need to wear a mask when in patient areas during flu season. If you have been vaccinated elsewhere, please provide employee health with proof of your vaccination.

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parkingPhysician parking under Building A
At the request of physicians, time-limited physician parking has been extended from two to four hours. 

ICDUpdate your provider profile
You should have an email in your inbox with a link to a short questionnaire to update your provider profile on the Salem Health website. If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to answer the questions and submit your responses via that email or here.
The "Find a Doctor" link is the most visited section of the Salem Health website after the home page. Research shows that consumers want to know more information about their providers.
In this first provider profile update, you will be asked for a short biography, clinical interests, languages spoken and website address. If you would like a new photo taken, please drop in briefly during one of these times:
Salem Hospital, Building B, Basement, Multimedia Room off the GH Elevators
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30 to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 to 9 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 16, 6:30 to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon to 2 p.m.
West Valley Hospital, Conference Room 1, near main entrance
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
If you already have a professional photo you would like to use, please email to
Please contact Mary Maberry at 503-561-3778 or if you have questions.  
clinicalNew addition to palliative care team
Dr. James Lowry has joined the palliative care team at Salem Health and, working with the Heart Failure Affinity Group, will offer inpatient and outpatient support for patients and families facing the challenges of a heart failure diagnosis. He brings an extra layer of support for patients facing serious illness, especially cardiac disease.
An extra layer of support for cardiac patients means:
  • Managing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients.
  • Helping families have difficult conversations.
  • Coordinating communication with members of the care team, including family.
  • Helping patients and families understand treatment options.
esaESA system offline for upgrade
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 3M ESA (Electronic Signature Authentication) system will be offline for an upgrade. You will not be able to sign or edit transcribed notes during that window. Transcription services will also be suspended during the downtime.
Sean M. Amos, MD - Internal Medicine
sean Salem Health - Adult Medicine Hospitalist
Medical education: 
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Sept. 1999 to June 2003 
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, California
June 2003 to June 2006        

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Gabriela R. Bradley, FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner
Salem Health - Hospitalist Nocturnist 
Medical education: 
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California
June 2007 to August 2010 
Board certification: 
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

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Mohamed S. Elsharif, MD - Neurology
 mohamedWillamette Health Partners- Neurology 
Medical education: 
Pennsylvania State
Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania
August 2006 to May 2011 
Internal medicine 
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine  
Stony Brook, New York 
July 2011 to June 2012 
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  
New Brunswich, New Jersey
July 2012 to June 2015 

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ohsuOHSU opens satellite offices in Eastern Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University recently opened offices in Bend and Klamath Falls. Read about the focus of each in the Bend Bulletin and on OregonLive.
rsvpHeart failure clinic
You are invited to the Heart Failure Palliative and Symptom Management Clinic open house on Monday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., located in the Palliative Care Clinic, 2nd floor, Bldg C.
checEducation offered at the CHEC  
For more information and to register, visit the CHEC website or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC). 
Do your patients have diabetes?
Diabetes education can help patients learn to monitor their blood sugar, manage their medications, plan healthy meals, reduce the risk of diabetes complications and set goals for healthy lifestyle changes.

Services include:
Education for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes
Diabetes group classes (day and evening classes)
Individual appointments with a nurse or dietitian
Sweet Moms program for pregnant women with diabetes
A physician's referral is required for all services. Most insurance plans cover diabetes education services and if no coverage is available, patients seeking these services may qualify for financial assistance.    

Do you have a patient with an eating disorder?
Registered dietitians are available at both West Valley Hospital and Salem Hospital to provide medical nutrition therapy. The referral form is available here.
Common Ground Newsletter Editorial Board 
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Email us anytime with feedback, suggestions, or something for the next issue!  Dr. Ian Loewen-Thomas, Chair, Compact Implementation Committee
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