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Update your Salem Health provider profile 
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.
 
At the end of October, you will receive an email with a link to a short questionnaire to update your online profile. Please take a few minutes to complete and submit. You will be asked for a short biography, clinical interests, languages spoken and website address.
If you would like a new photo, please mark your calendar to drop in at one of the times below. Please allow five minutes once you are there. If you already have a professional photo you would like to use, please email it to jered.hirtz@salemhealth.org.

Location: 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.

Location: West Valley Hospital, Conference Room 1, near main entrance

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
Thank you, in advance, for taking time to help our patients get to know you better.

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VTECMO changes
Steve Gordon, MD, Chief Medical Officer, has tendered his resignation effective Oct. 30. In Steve's resignation letter he shares: "I've made the difficult decision to leave Salem Health. I have thoroughly enjoyed my few months here, and this time gave me an opportunity to more fully assess organizational needs and what it will take for your chief medical officer to be successful. I've concluded that meeting these demands is unsustainable for my family and me."

Ralph Yates, DO, has agreed to serve as interim chief medical officer effective Nov. 1, 2015, in addition to his current duties as chief medical officer of Willamette Health Partners. It is anticipated that he will function in this capacity as a mentor of the new VP Medical Affairs, Andrew Furman, who will begin his new job on Nov. 30, 2015.
 
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vtePhone dead zones in Salem Hospital
We are aware and working on two persistent issues that have hampered voice communications within hospital buildings.

The first issue is a "bug" with Ascom phones in nursing areas creating dead spots and dropped calls. Physicians experience this as a dropped call or a warbled call, where the voice is distorted.

We have replaced all of the Ascom phones, except for the ones integrated with the nurse call system (most areas of Building A). We have finalized a contract with a vendor for software that will sit between the Philips monitoring systems and the Cisco phone, so the nurses can get alerts on the Cisco phones just like they currently do on the Ascom phones.  The project should be done around the end of the year. This should fix the vast majority of these issues. Coverage will improve with the new Cisco phones. Please remember that coverage is internal to the hospital and does not include elevators, stairwells, outdoors, and around certain medical equipment.

The second issue is personal cellphones not working in certain areas, mainly due to lead lined walls, spinning magnets and other physical barriers in the hospital. Unfortunately, there is less that can be done to fix this issue. The recommendation is to use a land line in areas where cell phones consistently do not work.

There are also known places that pagers do not work well, such as the basement of Building B. We have worked with our paging partner, Cook Paging, and they have done some to help, but more than likely paging will not be completely fixable due to structural issues such as being underground, or the fact that glass in building D blocks all cell and micro waves.

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vaccineHave you received your flu vaccine yet?
Flu vaccinations are more than a convenient way to avoid a few days of feeling crummy. By getting vaccinated, you can reduce transmissions of influenza, protect your colleagues from illness and absenteeism, fend off flu-related illness and reduce hospital-acquired influenza cases. In short, flu vaccinations help us fulfill our mission here at Salem Health: improving the health and well-being of our community.

So if you haven't received your flu shot, look at the schedule and find a time that works well for you. Remember, Nov. 15 is the date that everyone must be in compliance. It will only take a moment and will help keep you, and those around you, healthy.

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PRACTICAL MATTERS
ICDProtonix changes
On Oct. 20, Protonix (pantoprazole) IV boluses of 40 mg IV BID will replace Protonix infusions as the primary medication therapy for patients with a GI bleed. Over the last several years, multiple studies have shown that intermittent boluses of Protonix are non-inferior to Protonix bolus + infusions. This change was approved by P&T during the September meeting and has been endorsed by the gastroenterologists as a group. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Matt Tanner, pharmacy clinical coordinator, at 4-2048.
 
 
clinicalLung cancer screening eligibility
As of Oct. 13, 2015, Salem Hospital lowdose CT will begin billing insurance for your patients. Medicare, along with most commercial payers, recognize the importance of lung cancer screening and will cover 100 percent of the cost under preventive care.

What stays the same?
  • Please continue to use the updated eligibility, referral & order form. It is up to the referring provider's office to determine if the patient is eligible. 
  • The comprehensive registry, smoking cessation and follow-up reminders will remain unchanged.
What is different?
  • It will now be the responsibility of the referring provider's office to obtain the required preauthorization for the lung cancer screening lowdose CT.
  • Medicare requires that a shared decision making appointment take place prior to ordering a lowdose CT for screening.
  • The diagnosis code will be changing based on ICD10 guidelines. The new code will be Z12.2.
  • Our radiologists will use the ACR-approved Lung-RADS system to describe findings. They will continue to include follow-up recommendations.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 503-561-7226 (SCAN). 
 
MEDICAL STAFF UPDATESWELCOME 
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Michelle Anthony, ANP - NP - Hematology and oncologyanthony 
Medical education: 
Loyola University - New Orleans 
New Orleans, Louisiana
August 2003 to April 2006 
Board certification: 
American Nurses Credentialing Center/Nurse Practitioners













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Ramsis K. Benjamin, MD - Neurologybenjamin 
Medical education: 
Rush Medical College
Chicago, Illinois
August 1990 to June 1994 
Internship:
Internal Medicine 
 
Los Angeles County Hospital/Univ. of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
June 1994 to June 1995 
Residency:
Neurology 
Los Angeles County Hospital/Univ. of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
July 1995 to June 1996
July 1999 to June 2001 
Fellowship:
Neuro-Oncology 
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
July 2001 to June 2003  
Board certification: 
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology













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Falguny I. Bhavan, MD - Gastroenterology gilliam 
Medical education: 
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
August 2001 to June 2005 
Residency:
Internal Medicine 
Oregon Health Sciences University      
Portland, Oregon 
June 2005 to June 2008  
Fellowship:
Gastroenterology 
St. Louis University Hospital        
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2009 to June 2012 
Board certification: 
American Board of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology 













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Kathleen F. Brookfield, MD, PhD - Maternal-Fetal Medicine    brookfield
Medical education: 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
 
August 2001 to May 2008 
Residency:
Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Miami - Jackson Mem. Hosp.    
Miami, Florida
June 2008 to June 2012 
Fellowship:
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine    
Stanford, California
July 2012 to June 2015
Board certification: 
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maternal Fetal Medicine 













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Amanda S. Bruegl, MD - Gynecologic Oncologybruegle
Medical education: 
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington
September 2003 to June 2007
Residency:
Obstetrics
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics      
Madison, Wisconsin
June 2007 to June 2011 
Fellowship:   Gynecologic Oncology
The University of Texas
Austin, Texas
June 2015 













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Nabil E. Choueiri, MD - Gastroenterologychoueiri
Medical education: 
American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon 
September 1998 to June 2002 
Residency:
Internal Medicine 
St Louis University Hospital  
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2004 to June 2007
Fellowship: 
Gastroenterology
 
Therapeutic Endoscopy
St Louis University Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2007 to June 2010

University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, MD
July 2010 to June 2011 
Board certification: 
American Board of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology













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Maryam R. Ghods, MD - Anesthesiologyghods
Medical education: 
Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California 
August 2001 to May 2005 
Internship:
Internal medicine 
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Med. Center       
Los Angeles, California
July 2005 to June 2006 
Residency:   Anesthesiology 
New York Presbyterian Hospital 
New York, New York
July 2006 to June 2009  
 
Board certification: 
American Board of Anesthesiology












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Amy M. Hernandez, PA-C - Infectious Diseases
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Medical education: 
Pacific University
Hillsboro, Oregon
 
May 2012 to August 2014 
Board certification: 
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 











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James P. Lowry, MD - Palliative Medicine
lowry 
Medical education: 
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, California
 
July 1978 to June 1982 
Internship:
Internal Medicine 
Kettering Medical Center
Kettering, Ohio
June 1982 to June 1984 
Residency:
Internal Medicine 
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reno, Nevada
November 1985 to June 1988 
Fellowship:
Cardiology
Palliative Care 
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona
July 1988 to June 1990

University of Texas Health Science Center
Austin, Texas
July 2014 to June 2015 
Board certification: 
American Board of Internal Medicine 











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Lori T. Porter, MD - Internal Medicineporter 
Medical education: 
Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 1990 to May 1994 
Residency:
Internal Medicine 
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Washington 
July 1994 to June 1997 
Board certification: 
American Board of Internal Medicine 











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Medical education: 
Kettering College of Medical Arts Physician Assist Program
Kettering, Ohio
 
August 1997 to July 1999 
Board certification: 
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants












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Michael C. Slabaugh, PA-C - PA - Gastroenterology
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Medical education: 
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, Illinois
 
May 2010 to June 2012 
Board certification: 
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
 












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Sohee Y. Sutton, FNP-C - Family Nurse Practitionersutton 
Medical education: 
Washington State University College of Nursing
Vancouver, Washington
December 2008 to December 2010 
  
Board certification: 
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
 












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Amy M. Valent, DO - Maternal-Fetal Medicinevalent 
Medical education: 
Ohio University/College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, Ohio
August 2004 to June 2008 
  
Internship:
Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
July 2008 to June 2009 
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecology  University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio
July 2009 to June 2012
Fellowship:
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio
July 2012 to June 2015 












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COMING EVENTScoming
rsvpRSVP for Breakfast with the CEO
If your last name begins with L through R, please join us for Breakfast with the CEO on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8 a.m., at Salem Hospital, Building A, 6th floor conference room. Please RSVP to Mary Maberry, physician office liaison, via email or at 503-561-3778. 
 
 
 
checUpcoming classes 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 celiac disease?
Registered dietitians are available at both West Valley Hospital and Salem Hospital to provide medical nutrition therapy. See the referral form.

 
 
 
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