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PeaceHealth plastic surgeon Allen Gabriel named Professor at Loma Linda University (Photo) - 11/02/17

PeaceHealth Medical Group plastic surgeon Allen Gabriel, MD, has been promoted to the position of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Gabriel is one of the nation's youngest Adjunct Professors, having risen through four levels of academic promotion at Loma Linda within just ten years of completing his residency. Adjunct professors have the flexibility to instruct on a part-time basis while maintaining careers outside of academia, allowing Dr. Gabriel to continue his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA.

"I am pleased that the Board of Trustees at Loma Linda has seen fit to grant this promotion," said Dr. Gabriel of his new position. "The Board seeks professorial candidates who continue to make ongoing contributions to their field of expertise. I am honored to join this outstanding group."

Prior to being named Adjunct Professor, Dr. Gabriel served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Loma Linda. The Board of Trustees promoted Gabriel based on his professional achievements, many of which were noted in letters from respected colleagues:

"Dr. Gabriel has built a national reputation for excellence in breast surgery. Despite being a surgeon in a busy practice, he continues to speak frequently at national and international events, write important book chapters, and generate new research publications in plastic surgery journals, where his work is widely cited. In addition, Dr. Gabriel is invested in his local community where he has helped organize breast cancer awareness programs, events, and helped lobby for state legislation for his patients."
-Jaimie Shores, MD
Associate Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

About PeaceHealth Medical Group -- Plastic Surgery
PeaceHealth Medical Group Plastic Surgery is located on the Southwest Washington Regional Surgery Center hospital campus in Vancouver, WA., where Dr. Allen Gabriel and Dr. Manish Champaneria provide a wide range of plastic and aesthetic procedures. For more information visit: www.peacehealthplasticsurgery.com

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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Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth collaborate to improve health in Lane County - 11/02/17

Kaiser Permanente Northwest and PeaceHealth will collaborate to address community health needs and increase access to care in Lane County.

The two organizations are currently developing a jointly funded community health initiative to address a number of areas identified in the Lane County Health Needs Assessment. The focus areas selected include transitional and recuperative housing, access to dental care for people in need, strengthening school-based health centers, and workforce development efforts to support community health workers.

In addition, PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente have agreed to collaborate on health care delivery and coverage in Lane County.

"PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente share a deeply held commitment not only to meet the immediate health care needs of our patients and communities we collectively serve, but also to practice preventive health -- moving upstream to address the unique and specific social determinants of health that are barriers to wellness," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive of PeaceHealth's Oregon network.

"Together, PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente, working strategically with other community leaders, can improve the health of Lane County's most vulnerable citizens and keep care local," said Janet O'Hollaren, chief operating officer, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.

"Our 126-year heritage at PeaceHealth is rooted in caring for the most vulnerable," said David Duffey, DO, vice president and medical director of PeaceHealth Medical Group in Oregon. "We're excited to work together with Kaiser Permanente to best serve the health and well-being of all Lane County residents."

"Permanente Medicine is all about collaboration, and learning and sharing of evidence-based best practices, with the patient at the core of everything we do. We look forward to our partnerships in Lane County doing just that!" said Imelda Dacones, MD, president and CEO, Northwest Permanente, P.C.

Community health initiatives supporting Lane County nonprofits will be announced in December.

Kaiser Permanente has a medical office building and dental office in Lane County. Current members in Lane County include dental members and medical members with out-of-area coverage. Kaiser Permanente is also providing care to Medicaid members through Trillium Community Health Plan.

PeaceHealth offers a number of medical services in Oregon, including four medical centers located in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence. In addition, 20 PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics provide primary care and specialty services throughout Lane County with specialty outreach to adjacent counties.

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 not-for-profit 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 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 570,000 medical and 260,000 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. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

PeaceHealth Hospice Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month - 11/01/17

When people think of hospice and palliative care, they often mistakenly picture only the last dying hours of a loved one. National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is intended to increase awareness of the full spectrum of available care, along with the calm and peace hospice and palliative care brings families in a difficult time.

Hospice is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people in earlier stages of their illness. PeaceHealth Hospice provides end-of-life care and holistic support to patients and families in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties.

PeaceHealth Hospice Manager Susan Curry says quality hospice and palliative care helps patients and families deal with issues that otherwise consume precious time and energy. "Hospice is not a place. Hospice is a service that allows patients and families to bypass things that are unimportant, and focus on what really matters in life," said Curry. "Hospice and palliative care are about giving our patients the opportunity to live every day to the fullest."

PeaceHealth Hospice Nurse Practitioner Suzanne Frieberg says her work is a privilege. "I am honored to provide hospice care. To walk the final journey with patients and families and witness the healing that often happens, to me this is grace."

Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Providers offer the highest level of quality medical care along with the emotional and spiritual support families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

"Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospices in this country," said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. "These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life's most difficult journey."

About PeaceHealth Hospice:
PeaceHealth Hospice provides end of life care and holistic support to patients and families in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties. More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from PeaceHealth Hospice at www.peacehealth.org/southwest/hospice or by calling 360-696-5100.

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.

Hope Bereavement Center to help people "paint away pain" - 10/24/17

PeaceHealth Southwest's Hope Bereavement Center will offer a "Process Painting" class Friday, October 27 to help people who are grieving a loss. The class is facilitated by Bereavement counselor Colleen Storey.

"Process painting means painting from the inside out," said Storey. "The class starts with a five minute meditation, followed by an hour of painting in silence. Participants then gather to discuss their experience and share their painting if they desire. We find that the process helps people move into their hearts, to access emotions and thoughts that may be well hidden. The goal is not to create a finished piece of art, but to use the process of painting to find healing."

"Process Painting" debuted at the Hope Bereavement Center last spring. Attendees were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Some of their comments include:

"I was able to paint my pain and sorrow."
"It has helped me open up more, find out what else is inside of me and bothering me."
"Painting gave me the freedom to be myself and share openly. I was so impressed with how kind and considerate everyone is."

To register:
"Process Painting" will take place Friday October 27 starting at 1:30 PM. The session will be offered at PeaceHealth Southwest's Hope Bereavement Center, located at 5400 MacArthur Boulevard in Vancouver. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call 360.686.5120 to reserve an easel. The class is free of charge, and all art supplies will be provided.

About PeaceHealth Southwest Hope Bereavement Services
Hope Bereavement Services, a program of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, provides emotional support and information for healing. We offer bereavement support groups and counseling to members of our community, including individuals, families and children.

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.