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Aug. 24 Common Ground, proposed change to credential procedure
Aug. 24, 2014
revisionFeedback sought on proposed revision to credential procedure
The Credentials Committee and Medical Executive Committee are seeking feedback on a proposed change to the Medical Staff Credentials Procedure Manual.

The change will bring the criteria for reappointment in line with the initial application process. Specifically, individuals with one or more malpractice cases during the prior two-year reappointment cycle will fall into Category 2 status. This is the same criteria applied to initial applicants. Practitioners who fall into Category 2 face a higher level of scrutiny in the review process.

Submit your comments by Sept. 24 to Kelli Fussell.


AkbariShahab Akbari, MD - Family Medicine

Salem Clinic


Family Medicine

Mercy Medical Center  

UC Davis Network, Merced, CA

June 2011 to June 2012


Family Medicine

Mercy Medical Center

UC Davis Network, Merced, CA

July 2012 to June 2014


Wil C. Berry, MD - Psychiatry

Salem Health Psychiatry Unit


Medical Education:

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

September 2006 to June 2010



New York University School of Medicine

New York, NY

July 2010 to June 2014


Achal Gupta, MD - Cardiology

Kaiser Permanente - Cardiology Dept.



Internal Medicine

Kaiser Santa Clara

Santa Clara, CA      

July 2004 to June 2007



University of California

San Francisco, CA

July 2007 to June 2008




University of Utah Hospital

Salt Lake City, UT      

July 2009 to June 2013

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease

National Board of Echocardiography

American Board of Internal Medicine


Charles V. Hatchette, MD - Neurosurgery

Western Neurosurgery, PC


Medical Education:

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Washington, DC

August 2003 to June 2007



University of Texas at Southwestern

July 2007 to June 2014

MoleyJohn M. Moley, MD - Internal Medicine

Salem Clinic - Adult Medicine Hospitalist


Medical Education:

University of Kansas School of Medicine

Kansas City, KS

August 2004 to June 2008


Internal Medicine

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center

Portland, OR        

July 2008 to June 2011

Board Certification:

American Board of Internal Medicine

wheatJeffery C. Wheat, MD - Urology

Sunnybrook Medical Office


Medical Education:

UCLA School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

August 2001 to June 2005


General Surgery

University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI

June 2005 to June 2006



University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI        

July 2006 to June 2011

Board Certification:

American Board of Urology


Julian M. Williams, CCP - Perfusionist

Northwest Surgical Associates Inc.


Medical Education:

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff, Wales

June 1980 to Dec. 1982

Medical Education:


Mississippi School of Perfusion Technology

Pelahatchie, MS

Jan.. 1993 to Dec. 1994

Board Certification:

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

MPRCImaging tips from Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee

The Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee asked the Imaging Peer Review Committee to develop tips for imaging tests or procedures. The committee hopes that the tip sheet

  • increase physician awareness of the most appropriate test for a given clinical situation,
  • share the best ways to enter imaging orders in Epic, and
  • make the most of the skills and expertise of our radiologists.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Williams, MD, chair of the Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee at 503-561-5920.


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EDMSPre-surgical H&Ps scanned into Epic beginning Oct. 21


Phase 1.1 of the Electronic Document Managing System will move forward on Oct. 21. Pre-Surgical H&Ps will be scanned into EDMS to be viewable directly in Epic -- no more paper!  


Please stay tuned for more updates as Salem Health continues to add features to our Electronic Document Management System. 


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occRefer to occupational medicine through Epic
A new order set, "Referral to Occupational Medicine," is now available electronically. No more paper referrals.
financeSalem Health financial performance through June 2014
  • Met financial targets
  • 10 percent growth in inpatient census
  • Continuing change in payer mix

James Parr, interim vice-president of finance for Salem Health, provides a regular update on financial performance to all employees, medical staff and volunteers.  Read more. 


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communicationCheck out the Common Ground communication board
Learn more about your colleagues' good works outside the hospital walls. Revisit the summer social. Get updates from the service lines. Visit the Common Ground communication board in Bldg. A near the sky bridge, behind the double doors.

For more information, contact Mary Maberry, physician office liaison, 503-561-3778.

kudosPhysicians recognized for achieving excellent outcomes  


Healthgrades recently gave the hospital five-star ratings in a number of areas. Patients treated at hospitals receiving five stars in a particular area are 72 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients treated at one-star hospitals.    

Five-Star for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for three years in a row

Gastroenterology specialists. First row: Edward Schultheiss; MD; Katherine Hoda, MD; Michael Buck, MD; Richard Brandes, MD; Lawrence Gates Jr., MD; Second row: Makkalearn Em, MD; Brenda Bublitz, RN; Robert Ponec, MD; Patricia Kao, MD.
Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for five years in a row
Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for seven years in a row
Orthopedic section. Back row: Patrick Thies, PA-C; Mark Dolan, MD; John Coen, MD; Brenda Bublitz, RN. Front row:  Jennifer Holt, PA-C; Michelle Lewis, PA-C; Dan G. Sewell, MD; Erin Bjorklund, NP;
Cheryl Kuehnel, PA-C.

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction for three years in a row

Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2014

Five-Star Recipient for Bariatric Surgery in 2013


General Surgery section. Brenda Bublitz, RN; Carrie Allison, MD; Rajan Nair, MD; Catherine Boulay, MD; Jonathan C. Durning, MD; Beth Dayton, MD; Kristopher C. Dozier, MD; Nicole Van Der Heyden, MD; Christine Clarke, MD; Bruce Carter, MD; Jiyoun E. Kim, MD.  



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For your patients


Mastery of Aging Well

This three-week class series focuses on healthy aging. Participants will learn practical, research-based solutions to the challenges they or their aging family members may be encountering. Topics include memory, driving, depression, nutrition, medication and physical activity.

Thursdays, Sept. 4 through 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Walk in the Park instructor Jim Hennigan 

This program combines a walk in the park with specific exercises that are taught and practiced throughout the walk to promote wellness qualities including strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, heart and lung functioning. 


Option 1:

The Light Exercise Walk. Route is about one-half mile with some mild grade.Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Sept. 8 through Oct. 3, 10 to 10:50 a.m.



Option 2:

The Moderate Exercise Walk.Route is about one mile with some mild grade.Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Sept. 8 through Oct. 3, 11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m.    



Mindful Eating

This four-week series includes eating activities, discussions and simple guided mindfulness exercises to help participants consider food habits and connect with their body's innate wisdom of hunger and satisfaction. Participants will discover a variety of practical ways to integrate mindful eating into their daily life. 

         Wednesdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



Support for Eating Disorders

For family and friends of a loved one experiencing an eating disorder. Participants will learn ways to continue to support their loved one. Topics include self care, stress management, feelings, communication skills, and more.

Thursdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (six weeks)


Tuesdays, Nov. 4  through 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (four weeks)



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catJunior the therapy cat is a purr-fect visitor for patients
Junior the therapy cat is a purr-fect visitor for Salem Hospital patients
New Salem Health video and in-depth Statesman Journal article feature George Piter, an inspiring Salem Hospital emergency department technician, who volunteers on his days off by visiting patients with his therapy cats.
interpretersDeaf patients protest hospital's sign language service
A Statesman Journal article raises concerns about interpreters for deaf patients at Salem Hospital.
bonusSalem Hospital gets bonuses through incentive program
Salem Hospital was one of the top three bonus recipients in Oregon under the new Medicare quality incentive program. Read the Business Journal blog post.
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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