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PeaceHealth Cottage Grove CAO Tim Herrmann receives national recognition (Photo) - 09/18/17

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Tim Herrmann, chief administrative officer of PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center (PHCGCMC), has been recognized nationally as one of the top 60 "Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know" for the third year in a row by Becker's Hospital Review. The list recognizes leaders of organizations regularly recognized for safety and quality and who are key members of the community, serving on corporate boards and state-level initiatives to improve access to care.

"I am humbled by this honor, which is really a recognition of the caregivers and their commitment to our mission and practicing responsible stewardship," said Tim. "I am grateful that I get to work with such a dedicated team at PHCGCMC."

Herrmann has been an RN for 34 years with a clinical background in neuro/trauma intensive care. He served as Trauma Program Coordinator at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu before joining Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District, in 1988 to develop a Level II Trauma Center. He served on the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board for nearly a decade, and was a founding member and first president of the Oregon Rural Health Quality Network. Herrmann has held various executive leadership roles over the years and was named CAO of Cottage Grove in 2014.

"Tim Herrmann's exceptional accomplishments in the healthcare industry make him well deserving of this recognition," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive, PeaceHealth Oregon Network. "His compassion for both patients and caregivers and his passion for accessible, quality healthcare make him an incredible leader, both within PeaceHealth and within the community."

Under Herrmann's leadership, Cottage Grove Community Medical Center has been nationally recognized for its quality care and patient satisfaction on numerous occasions. PHCGCMC was the only hospital in Oregon to be a finalist for the Premier, Inc. QUEST(R) Award for High-value Healthcare for 2017. In addition, the hospital received the Premier Supply Chain Excellence Award, honoring top performers based on community, teaching/academic, critical access and integrated delivery network. Becker's Hospital Review selected PHCGCMC as one of the "62 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" for the third year in a row.


About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center is a 14-bed Critical Access Hospital that provides 24-hour emergency care, imaging, laboratory and physical therapy. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.


About Becker's Hospital Review: Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Articles are geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable information, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

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PeaceHealth Medical Group, Eugene School District 4J partner on school health centers - 09/18/17

EUGENE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG) and Eugene School District 4J are partnering to sponsor two school-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene high school. The school district will provide the clinic space and support staffing, while PHMG will provide medical staffing, medical oversight and facilitation of the billing of medical services.

The new partnership will allow the district to continue providing easily accessible and much needed primary care and medical services to its students.

"Expanding and increasing accessibility of safe, compassionate care is part of our mission at PeaceHealth," said David Duffey, Vice President of PHMG Oregon. "The district has done an excellent job providing services through these centers, and we are eager to continue meeting the community's health needs through this successful partnership."

4J's school-based health centers have been available to students and their siblings at the schools since 1986, providing physicals and immunizations and treating illnesses, injuries and ongoing health problems. The centers also provide mental health counseling through community partnerships including Lane County Mental Health. Recent state changes to health center requirements induced the district to partner with an outside medical provider for medical services and billing. The new partnership with PeaceHealth makes it possible for 4J students to continue accessing healthcare services in a school-based setting.

"Many students rely on our school-based health centers to provide their basic healthcare needs," said Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent of Eugene School District 4J. "We value the partnership with PeaceHealth to continue providing healthcare to our students with PeaceHealth's proven track record of high-quality medical services."

Moving forward, the centers will be staffed by PHMG nurse practitioner Tricia Schroffner, who will spend 15 hours a week at each center, and a health assistant and health clerk from the district. Schroffner has been providing healthcare services to the district for the past several years and has recently joined PHMG as a PeaceHealth caregiver.

The centers opened under the new partnership on August 29. The centers take insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will not turn away any student needing treatment.

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG) is a multi-specialty group practice with more than 130 physicians and 600 staff members at clinic locations in western Oregon. PHMG is part of PeaceHealth Oregon Network, a non-profit, locally governed, mission-based healthcare system based in the Springfield/Eugene, Ore. region. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

About Eugene School District 4J: Eugene School District 4J is a public school district that spans 155 square miles in and around the city of Eugene in Oregon's southern Willamette Valley. More than 16,000 students in grades K--12 attend 4J schools in 20 elementary school programs, eight middle schools, four high schools, and alternative high school programs. Visit us online at 4J.lane.edu.

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PeaceHealth pulmonary experts continue to advise: stay indoors - 09/04/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The National Weather Service has issued three alerts for Lane County: heat advisory, fire weather conditions and air quality. In response, pulmonary experts at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend are once again recommending that all persons with existing pulmonary conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stay indoors.

"The smoke particulates in the atmosphere irritate the lungs, making breathing more difficult," said Robert Stalbow, Respiratory Therapist at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. "We recommend that people in the higher risk groups reduce their exposure to the hot outdoor air for the duration of this weather event. These groups include infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65, as well as those with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or those who have had a stroke."

A number of wildfires have broken out across the state of Oregon, and as a result, air quality in Eugene reached "hazardous" conditions on Sunday, according to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). Current predictions are that the unhealthy air quality in Lane County will continue through Tuesday.

Stalbow says even indoor air can become a problem. "People with pulmonary difficulties should try to spend as much time as they can in air-conditioned spaces," said Stalbow. "Air conditioning will filter and recirculate cleaner indoor air, which will be much less irritating to the lungs than opening a window and allowing the smoky outdoor air to permeate the living space."

At-risk people without home air conditioning should consider spending time in public air conditioned places such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theaters.

Importantly, those with cardiac and/or pulmonary conditions should contact their physicians if they notice increased shortness of breath at rest or with minimal exertion, and monitor the quality and consistency of any pulmonary secretions (mucus).

"Always seek expert guidance if experiencing unusual episodes of chest pain or tightness, and call 911 for any medical emergency," cautions Stalbow. "And, pulmonary issues are exacerbated by smoking. If you smoke, quitting would be the best thing you can do for yourself!"

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit, mission-based Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is one of Oregon's busiest hospitals located in Springfield, Ore., 110 miles south of Portland. This 347-bed facility is one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco, serving as a Level II Trauma Center for an eight-county region. Key services for the not-for-profit hospital include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery and other specialized surgical services. Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org.

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PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Completes Funding of $10.5 Million Neurosciences Campaign (Photo) - 08/29/17

The PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation announces completion of its successful funding campaign to enhance neurosciences care in our community. Since the opening of the "Campaign for Neurosciences Excellence" in February of 2014, the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation has raised more than $10.5 million to help achieve the goal of providing the highest level of neurological care in southwest Washington.

"I am so proud of our community coming together to support this project. Thank you to every donor who partnered with us," said Thomas C. Young, Chair of the Campaign for Neuroscience Excellence and President of the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Board.

The final phase of the campaign - funding the renovation and expansion of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit - was achieved, thanks to cumulative campaign gifts totaling $1,000,000 from an anonymous donor and a gift of $600,000 from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation. At the request of the anonymous donor, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will be named in honor of Benjamin H. McGough, MD (pronounced Mc-Gyew). Dr. McGough is a retired orthopedic surgeon and one of the founders of Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery.

The Benjamin H. McGough, MD Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will be relocated to the third floor of the Mother Joseph building. The unit will include 14 private patient rooms, an expanded rehabilitation gym, dining room, outdoor therapy garden, and space for support services. The current unit will remain open during construction and will move into its new home by fall of 2018.

A wing in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will be named in honor of Cyril S. Dodge, MD, who provided care for both Tod and Maxine McClaskey.

"My grandparents, Tod and Maxine McClaskey would have been pleased to be involved with this project. We are glad to have the opportunity to carry on their legacy of generosity and to honor Dr. Dodge," said Jillian Hagstrom, board member of the McClaskey Foundation.

In addition to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, community donors helped to create the Thomas and Sandra Young Neurosciences Center on the 6th Floor of the Firstenburg Tower; the Jay D. Miller, M.D. Neuroscience Caregiver Education Endowment; and the Ron and Terry Prill Cardiac Center on the 4th floor of the Mother Joseph Building at PeaceHealth Southwest.

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.

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Smoky air brings breathing trouble to Lane County - 08/28/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- This week's hot, smoky atmosphere is creating breathing difficulties for people with existing pulmonary conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), say pulmonary experts at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

"The smoke particulates in the atmosphere irritate the lungs, making breathing more difficult," said Robert Stalbow, Respiratory Therapist at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. "We recommend that people in the higher risk groups reduce their exposure to the hot outdoor air for the duration of this weather event. These groups include infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65, as well as those with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or those who have had a stroke."

Oregon is experiencing an unusually high level of smoke in the air, as prevailing winds carry in smoke from a number of wildfires across the state. By midday Sunday, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) had Eugene, Springfield, Oakridge and Cottage Grove air quality listed as "unhealthy." As of midday Monday, Eugene/Springfield and Oakridge has been escalated to "very unhealthy."

Stalbow says even indoor air can become a problem. "People with pulmonary difficulties should try to spend as much time as they can in air-conditioned spaces," said Stalbow. "Air conditioning will filter and recirculate cleaner indoor air, which will be much less irritating to the lungs than opening a window and allowing the smoky outdoor air to permeate the living space."

At-risk people without home air conditioning should consider spending time in public air conditioned places such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theaters.

Importantly, those with cardiac and/or pulmonary conditions should contact their physicians if they notice increased shortness of breath at rest or with minimal exertion, and monitor the quality and consistency of any pulmonary secretions (mucus).

"Always seek expert guidance if experiencing unusual episodes of chest pain or tightness, and call 911 for any medical emergency," cautions Stalbow. "And, pulmonary issues are exacerbated by smoking. If you smoke, quitting would be the best thing you can do for yourself!"

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit, mission-based Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is one of Oregon's busiest hospitals located in Springfield, Ore., 110 miles south of Portland. This 347-bed facility is one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco, serving as a Level II Trauma Center for an eight-county region. Key services for the not-for-profit hospital include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery and other specialized surgical services. Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org.

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