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May 31, 2015
thomasWhat's next with the medical staff engagement survey
After sharing survey results with physicians and Salem Hospital administration in April, Maurice Collada, MD, chair, Medical Staff Engagement Committee, and David Rowlee, Ph.D., senior vice president for INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies, will present the results to the Salem Health Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 2. You can read the executive overview of the key quantitative data related to physician engagement.  If you have questions or comments regarding these results, please submit to and we'll provide responses in the next Common Ground e-newsletter.

We are also republishing a corrected version of the results graphic that we shared in the last issue of Common Ground. We identified an error in how the previous results were generated. Please take a moment to review the strength areas and those needing attention.   




Again, thank you for taking this year's survey.  As a next step, the Medical Staff Engagement Committee will develop recommendations based on the survey results and input from physicians at the action plan development sessions. 


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developmentOpenings on Continuing Professional Development Committee (formerly the CME Committee)  
Are you interested in supporting and directing the education goals for the medical staff at Salem Hospital and for our medical community? The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPD) and staff would like to invite you to become a member. The Salem Hospital CPD program is accredited with commendation from the Oregon Medical Association. The Committee meets six times per year, currently 7 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month plus an annual retreat during the summer, and helps guide the 500+ hours of continuing medical education for providers. If you would like to know more please contact either John Hannig, CPD Chair, or call the CPD office at 503-561-5339.


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sepsisAre you ready for ICD-10? 

ICD-10 is on track to go live in October 2015. This will affect you as a provider. Medical Staff with active membership at Salem Hospital will be required to take training modules in HealthStream starting in mid-June. These training modules come from Precyse University  and will include both general and specialty-specific trainings.  The MEC and physician coalition determined the Precyse system to be the most comprehensive education option available.   


Since the Precyse trainings are intended for providers only, we also wanted to mention that the Oregon Medical Association is offering web-based training on ICD-10 as well. CME on specialty specific ICD-10 transition, ICD-10 clinical documentation and on-demand ICD-10-CM specialty training series for coders could be useful for your office staff or as a supplement to your Precyse trainings. The specifics are outlined on the Oregon Medical Association  website.     


If you already have CME for ICD-10, please submit it to Kelli Fussell for the MEC to consider waiving the requirement.  


 If you have questions, please contact Claire O'Brien, MD.


Continue to watch Common Ground for more detail. 


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pharmacyOP Rehab Epic go-live 

On Monday, June 8, outpatient rehabilitation programs will transition to Epic Ambulatory. Outpatient Rehab has 45 physical, occupational, and speech therapists at Center Street and Work Injury Management that will make the transition in June. Psychologists have been using Epic for several months now. West Valley Hospital therapists will transition later this summer.


For those of you using Epic, we will continue to receive orders via CPOM, and you will now be able to view therapy notes in chart review, if relevant to your work.


During the month of June, we will work hard to take care of all our patients. We will reduce schedules to allow for training and a learning curve, so please know we are working to minimize any delay in scheduling appointments for patients with one of our therapists.


If you do receive a fax or other communication with patient information that is poorly formatted, please let Phil Haworth know so we can correct the problem.

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affiliationStatesman Journal examines affiliation impacts

The affiliation between Salem Health and OHSU is complex. It has the opportunity to bring the local community access to better care for a more affordable price, but there are many details that need to be worked out. The Statesman Journal looked at some different perspectives on the affiliation's impact in:  Is Salem Health-OHSU partnership good for Salem?  


If you have specific questions about the affiliation, feel free to email and we will publish an answer in the next edition.

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CMEStill time for CME child abuse prevention class

A lecture by Corvallis Police Department Officer Ms. Karin Stauder will be presented in Wedel Auditorium on Thursday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 30. She will present the same presentation on both days. The speaker will discuss how medical personnel and government authorities must look for and report suspected child abuse. To learn more, read about the program: Understanding Karly's Law - a review of the Karly Sheehan case

checUpcoming classes at the CHEC  

Select class headlines to download a flier to print and share with your patients. For more information and to register visit the CHEC website or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC). 


Better Breathers

Date: Second Tuesday of every month

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

A support group for people with chronic disease, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Patients, family members, friends or anyone interested in obtaining more information are welcome to attend.


Chair Yoga

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2 through July 9

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $40

A yoga class perfect for anyone, especially those with limited mobility.


Mastery of Aging Well

Date: Thursdays, June 4 through June 18 

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5

A three-week class series for discussing healthy living. Topics include: memory and driving, depression and loss later in life, medication, exercise, and food as medicine.


Memory Screening

Date: Friday, June 26

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

For those concerned about unusual forgetfulness or having more trouble than normal concentrating. Conducted by a trained screener.


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