Jan. 11 Common Ground: 2014 re-cap, Breakfast with the CEO, Church St. parking
Jan. 11, 2015
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BreakfastBreakfast with the CEO

Norm Gruber, President and CEO, Salem Health
Last year, "Breakfast with the CEO"  events were started in an effort to enhance informal communication as part of the Salem Health Common Ground Compact. Based on positive feedback, this opportunity to meet with Norm Gruber over in an informal breakfast setting will continue in 2015. Read his invitation letter to find out more about upcoming breakfasts.  

 

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cort2014 recap; and survey to inform strategic planning

Cort Garrison, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer

As we look back on 2014, we have much to show for our work. Thank you for your involvement. The Quality Operations Committee developed a process to prioritize physician issues and will start working on projects. The Physician Leadership Institute had successful spring and winter sessions. We expanded the credentials committee to include advanced practice clinicians.

 

In addition, the new medical staff engagement survey has been developed and will be used for the first time in February. We look forward to hearing back from you to see how we are doing. The information gained from this survey informs strategic planning by the medical staff, administration and the hospital board. Your participation is vital in helping guide health care at Salem Health in 2015 and beyond. 

 
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constructionChurch Street physician parking changes
Due to construction on the Church Street property, a security gate has been installed near the loading dock, preventing entrance to the physician parking behind Building B. Parking is still available, but the entrance is now on the north end of the building, past the Heart & Vascular Institute. This change will be permanent once construction is complete.
breakfastBreakfast with the CEO meeting recap
At the December breakfasts with CEO Norm Gruber, physicians asked about recent administrative changes, possible results of affiliation with Oregon Health & Science University on clinical work, and the expansion of Epic Community Connect electronic health record. Read these questions and others, plus Norm Gruber's responses. 
 
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malpracticeProposed increase to minimum for malpractice insurance

Time is running out to submit your feedback on proposed increases to requirements for malpractice insurance at Salem Hospital. The last issue of Common Ground was incorrectly edited to state that feedback was being solicited by the Medical Staff Engagement Committee when in fact it was Dr. Hanslits and Dr. Graven seeking feedback for the Medical Executive Committee (MEC).

 

To learn more, please read the letter from MEC President, Dr. Michael Hanslits, and President Elect, Dr. Ken Graven. Please send comments to Kelli Fussell with Malpractice Limits Revision as the subject line.
 
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CristianWELCOME TO SALEM HOSPITAL

McCarthyChristine L. McCarthy, ANP - Nurse Practitioner

Salem Clinic - Adult Medicine Hospitalist 

Medical Education:

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

July 2009  

 Board Certification:

American Nurses Credentialing Center/Nurse Practitioners

 




 

 

KelberMichael W. Kelber, MD - Family Medicine

WVP Boulder Creek Clinic 

Medical Education:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

June 1974 

Board Certification:

American Board of Family Medicine   

 

 

 



 

 

 


PRACTICAL MATTERS
HarmPharmacy works to reduce patient harms involving heparin infusions
Matthew Tanner, Pharmacy Residency Program Director and Clinical Coordinator 

After reviewing a recent patient harm involving heparin infusion, the Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee and the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee concluded that Pharmacy should be given more responsibility in heparin infusions. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, any heparin infusion (except low-dose infusions for patients with balloon pumps or arterial emboli, or patients heparinized for dialysis) will be automatically adjusted and titrated by Pharmacy to a goal PTT of either 60 to 79 seconds or 80 to 100 seconds, based on indication. The only way to order these heparin infusions will be to use the "Per Pharmacy" order. Please direct any comments or concerns to Matt Tanner in Pharmacy.

 

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CPMMedical Staff Credentials Procedure Manual proposed revisions

The proposed revisions to the Credentials Procedure Manual are available for review. Comments will be returned to the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) on Jan. 22, 2015, for final review and approval. Please send comments to Kelli Fussell

 

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COMING EVENTScoming
appreciationMedical Staff Appreciation Dinner

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner
Location: Red Lion Hotel - Salem
RSVP by Jan. 14 to Melissa Brennan
at 503-561-5290.

 

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checFor your patients, from the CHEC 

Living Healthy Lifestyle Management  

In partnership with WVP Health Authority, this six-week workshop will be held at the Community Health Education Center. Classes will cover practical skills for living with an ongoing health condition, including nutrition and weight control.
Date: Mondays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
To register, call Jennifer Lund at 503-587-5129.

 

Living Healthy with Heart Failure

In partnership with WVP Health Authority, this six-week workshop will be held at the Community Health Education Center. Classes will cover practical skills for living with an ongoing health condition, including nutrition and weight control.

Date: Mondays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23

Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

To register, call Jennifer Lund at 503-587-5129.

 

Fresh Pantry

Join us in the Gehlar Wellness Kitchen as we prepare sweet potato pomegranate salad, rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables with rosemary, and warming split pea soup that are not only delicious, but healthy as well.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 14

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

To register, visit salemhealth.org/chec or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC).

 

Emerald Isle Tour

In this cooking class, we will take your taste buds on a tour of the Emerald Isle. Cooking demonstration will include artichoke salad, colcannon, almost Fraughan mousse, and mulled cider.

Date: Monday, Jan. 19

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

To register, visit salemhealth.org/chec or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC).

 

Freedom From Smoking Support Group

For anyone who has completed the Freedom from Smoking course, this support group helps individuals learn from each other and discuss strategies to sustain the quit or to prepare for another attempt. Discussion let by a skilled facilitator.

Date: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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IN THE NEWS...NEWS 
FluHospital visitation restricted due to flu risk 

Effective Jan. 2, Salem Health is limiting visitors at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital to protect patients from the flu virus. The hospital is asking that patient visits be limited to individuals who need to give support and care for the patient. Read the full news release. 

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