PLC problem list to be automated; Salem Health Financial performance
June 1, 2014

autoAutomation coming to PLC Problem List


New enhancements through automation are coming to the Physician Leadership Council (PLC) Problem List:

  • Monthly automated email updates on the status of your item on the problem list
  • Automated email when your problem list item is resolved/closed
  • A Problem List Dashboard showing categories and status  
  • Automated email reminders to assigned leaders

Try out the new system, to start in June, by submitting your issues, concerns and questions to Kelli Fussell or contact one of your Medical Staff leaders with any items you would like to discuss.


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financialSalem Health financial performance through April 2014
  • Expenses slightly below budget
  • Payer mix continues to move in a positive direction
  • Operating margins exceed budget projections


Aaron Crane, chief financial officer for Salem Health, provides a regular update on financial performance to all employees, medical staff and volunteers. Read more.


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Help us give you what you need
  • What's working?
  • What can we improve?
  • We want to hear from you.
By Michael Hanslits, MD, medical staff president
on behalf of the CIC

Last Wednesday we got some great feedback about Common Ground. A doctor at West Valley Hospital received our May 16 URGENT Common Ground regarding Strep Group A. He told his coworker that without the newsletter, he might not have known to be on the lookout for this potentially dangerous infection.

This tells us a couple of things: you are reading this newsletter and we provide information that can improve the quality of patient care across our community. That's very rewarding.

We have also reduced the number of email messages you receive from Salem Hospital. We hope that makes your life a little easier.

But we can always improve. What do you want to see more of in this e-newsletter? What content isn't so helpful? Tell us at

Your feedback matters.

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Here's where you will find changes to Epic order sets, best practice advisories and reports from the Physician Leadership Council.

PAPA Clinical Section forms at Salem Health


Physician assistants at Salem Health have formed an official clinical section. The new section provides a venue for PAs with privileges to identify and address issues as a group.

There are many misconceptions about the role of PAs. Policies related to non-physician providers must evolve to reflect the changing health care environment.


The first PA Clinical Section Chief is Jennifer Holt, PA-C. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jennifer.


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heparinHeparin and warfarin PTT protocol change 

On occasion, a patient on heparin or warfarin must have blood redrawn because partial thromboplastin time or a Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio was not ordered with that morning's labs. To prevent this, the "Heparin per Pharmacy Protocol" order will be bundled with a qam PTT and the "Warfarin per Pharmacy Protocol" will be bundled with a qam PT/INR.


Because they are bundled, the labs can be easily discontinued with the heparin or warfarin protocol entries.


Bundling will reduce unnecessary lab tests that sometimes continue after the heparin or warfarin have been discontinued.


This change begins June 3, 2014.

For more information, contact Matt Tanner, pharmacy clinical coordinator.

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kudosSalem Hospital earns national Quality Respiratory Care honor


Salem Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program  that helps patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of hospital respiratory care.


This is Salem Hospital's first time earning the recognition. It is one of two recognized hospitals in Oregon. Nationwide, about 700 (15 percent) hospitals have received this award.

Read more

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peopleJune 9-13 celebrate People Week at Salem Health
  • Peer appreciation  
  • Blessing of the hands
  • Chair massages
  • Creekside open until 4 a.m.

Monday, June 9: Farmers market raffle. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners announced 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 12: Leadership snack delivery.  

Friday, June 13: "Everyone raffle" winners announced. Every Salem Health employee is automatically entered.  

Saturday, June 14: Fun run/walk. 9 to 11 a.m., Bush Park. Register here. 


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quarterlyJune 9 Quarterly Medical Staff meeting canceled

The quarterly medical staff meeting previously scheduled for June 9, has been canceled due to lack of agenda items.  


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patientsFor your patients


Below are a few of the classes offered at the Community Health Education Center.


A Walk in the Park

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 

10 to 10:50 a.m., June 6 to July 2


Bush's Pasture Park, at the north entrance just west of the stadium   


Monday and Wednesdays

3 to 4 p.m., June 9 through Aug. 6 

Regional Rehabilitation Center


Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., June 2 to 27    


Building D, 2nd floor classroom 


For more information or to register for a class, call 503-814-CHEC (2432) or visit


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employmentEmployment Department looks at changing health care industry
The agency interviewed Salem Health CEO Norm Gruber for this analytical piece.

Powerful medicine: hospital begins collecting donated breast milk
This story about women helping babies by donating milk got a lot of attention in the news and on social media. It grabbed the front page of the May 19 Statesman Journal.

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Common Ground Newsletter Editorial Board 
Email us anytime with feedback, suggestions, or something for the next issue!
Dr. David Holloway, CMO, Dr. Michael Hanslits, Medical Staff President
 Dr. Ian Loewen-Thomas, Chair, Compact Implementation Committee

Salem Health