TUALATIN, ORE. -- Meridian Park Medical Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Kathy LeVee and Darin Stegemoller to its board of trustees. The Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, part of Legacy Health -- the largest locally-owned, nonprofit health care provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
LeVee is vice president of operations for Marquis Companies, Inc., where she oversees 26 post-acute rehab and assisted living facilities in five Western states. A graduate of two Portland, Oregon, colleges, she received a bachelor of arts in communication studies from Marylhurst University and a bachelor of science in health care administration from Concordia University. LeVee is a member of the Advisory Council of Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, and has also served on several professional boards, including: Vital Life Foundation, the Oregon Health Care Association, Oregon Health Care Foundation for Quality Long Term Care and Acumentra Health.
Stegemoller is the northwest division vice president at JE Dunn Construction. A certified Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) professional, he holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a member of the local DBIA Chapter steering committee and on the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors Oregon Columbia Chapter. Stegemoller also is a mentor to emerging small businesses through the Port of Portland's Mentor-Protégé program.
Legacy Meridian Park is the South Metro area's most advanced medical center. Specialty services include neurology, orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive and robotic technology, cancer care, a nationally recognized stroke program, a nationally accredited breast health center and a chest pain center awarded the nation's first Gold Seal of approval in chest pain by The Joint Commission -- the nation's principal hospital accreditation agency.
For more information about Meridian Park Medical Foundation, contact 503-692-7624 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.
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Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University are pleased to announce the opening of Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The unprecedented collaboration of the four major health systems will provide care for those in need through a combination of emergency, inpatient and transition to outpatient services.
On Tuesday, January 31, existing behavioral health inpatients from Adventist, Legacy and OHSU transferred to the new facility. On Thursday, February 2, the first dedicated Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) began accepting walk-ins and transfers from Unity Center partner emergency departments.
The PES is an outpatient service where a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner evaluate patients in a timely fashion and creates a treatment plan customized to the patient's individual needs. The PES is laid out in an innovative "living room" design with recliners, group space and calming rooms. Patients may stay in the PES for up to 23 hours before returning to the community.
"People experiencing a psychiatric emergency cannot always get the help they need, when they need it," says Chris Farentinos, M.D., vice president of Unity Center. "In the PES we hope to drastically reduce the amount of time people have to wait for the appropriate care compared to a conventional hospital emergency room. Giving a person immediate attention has proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization and shows better outcomes."
Other unique features of Unity Center are onsite representatives from many community partners to offer transitional support services and strong peer support personnel. Having themselves recovered from a mental illness, the peers are on hand to help guide patients as they navigate their treatment and transition back into the community.
Unity Center includes 80 adult inpatient beds and 22 inpatient beds for adolescents ages nine through 17. The architecture and various color schemes are designed to reduce agitation and instill a sense of well-being. The facility also includes a pharmacy, spiritual room and a café for visitors and staff. A restful healing garden is planned for summer 2017.
Legacy Health's Office of Philanthropy led the fundraising efforts for the capital campaign to create Unity Center. Thanks to approximately 700 community and individual donors, nearly $41 million was raised over three years, including a $20 million gift from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust.
About Adventist Health
Adventist Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 520,000 medical and 240,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is Oregon's only locally-owned nonprofit health-care organization with nearly 12,000 employees serving you where you work, live and play. A comprehensive network of care providers from more than 100 Legacy Medical Group primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics to community-based and nationally recognized hospitals including Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Silverton Medical Center. Legacy provides a vigorous research program at Legacy Research Institute and extensive medical testing at Legacy Laboratory Services.
Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only public academic health and research university. As one of Oregon's largest employers with more than 14,600 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.
January 30, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) Legacy Health physicians, patients, staff and leaders will officially kick off American Heart Month by keeping treadmills moving nonstop for 24 hours in the main lobbies of Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center February 1 -- February 2, 2017.
This year's event will be the fourth time Legacy's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has hosted the event in celebration of staying active to prevent heart disease and also to raise funds for Legacy's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Legacy Good Samaritan Featured Walkers
* Starting Line -- Dr. Kenneth LeClerc, medical director of Legacy Cardiac Rehabilitation and Patrick Puopolo, a cardiac rehab patient who has found a new sense of purpose after a close call will kick off the 24 hour event at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1.
* Finish Line -- Stacey Rice, a cardiac rehab patient who has transformed her overall health after suffering a heart attack and undergoing a double bypass will cross the finish line at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd.
Legacy Meridian Park Featured Walkers
* Starting Line -- Mark Goodwin, a pulmonary rehab patient and successfully integrated his new health plan into everyday life, will kick off the 24 hour event at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1.
* Finish Line -- Nettie Allen, a patient who received a stent and successfully completed the cardiac rehab program will cross the finish line at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd.
"Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States yet it is preventable and controllable, said Dr. LeClerc. "Anyone can start improving their heart health by making simple changes such as going for a walk on your lunch break, parking further away from the front door or taking the stairs. It is our hope Walk Around the Clock inspires people to think about what can be done to improve their own heart health."
When: Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 p.m. through Thursday, February 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Main Lobby
1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97210
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Main Lobby
19300 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin, Oregon 97062
Media Availabilities: Please contact Megan Deisler to set up interviews with Dr. LeClerc or any of the patients featured above.
The public may help those in-need achieve a heart-healthy life by making a donation directly to Legacy's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Donations can be made online to Legacy Good Samaritan at legacyhealthgiving.lhs.org/WalkGS or to Legacy Meridian Park at legacyhealthgiving.lhs.org/WalkMP. You may also call Legacy Good Samaritan Cardiac Rehab staff at 503-413-6723 or Legacy Meridian Park Cardiac Rehab staff at 503-692-2548 to donate by check or cash.
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is the Portland/Vancouver metro region's only locally owned nonprofit health-care organization with nearly 13,000 employees. Legacy includes Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Legacy Silverton Medical Center, Legacy Laboratory Services, and Legacy Research Institute. Legacy also includes over 100 Legacy Medical Group primary care and specialty care clinics.