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PeaceHealth St. John to offer private patient rooms - 06/15/17

Beginning Monday, June 19th, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center will offer a new level of privacy and comfort to many of our patients and families. Next Monday we are re-opening our 8th floor nursing unit, allowing us to offer private rooms to at least half of our hospital patients.

Recent History:
To maximize efficiency and keep costs low, PeaceHealth St. John has historically provided double-occupancy patient rooms. A reduction in patient census in late 2015 led PeaceHealth St. John to close the 8th floor nursing unit. The decision now to re-open the 8th floor allows us to move half of our patients up from 7th floor utilizing existing nursing resources, offering private rooms on both the 7th and 8th floors. This move also preserves our flexibility to temporarily return to double-occupancy as needed in times of high demand to avoid sending patients out of the area for care.

Orthopedics:
In the recent past our 8th floor was home to a dedicated orthopedics unit. With the re-opening, the 8th floor will house general-need medical patients.

Celebration and blessing:
To celebrate the re-opening of our 8th floor, PeaceHealth St. John will hold a special blessing ceremony on Friday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m. News media is welcome to attend.

About PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center:
PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, located at 1615 Delaware Street in Longview, WA is a not-for-profit, 193-bed acute care hospital and Level III trauma center. PeaceHealth St. John provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services. The community's health care leader for more than 70 years, PeaceHealth St. John is one of 10 medical centers in the PeaceHealth system.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Nurse of the Year winners: Front row far left: Kelsey Sudenga, RN; Back row far left: Gail Weeks, RN; Back row middle (in pink): Teresa Chamberlain, RN; Back row far right: Irina Kolychev, RN
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Nurse of the Year winners: Front row far left: Kelsey Sudenga, RN; Back row far left: Gail Weeks, RN; Back row middle (in pink): Teresa Chamberlain, RN; Back row far right: Irina Kolychev, RN
PeaceHealth nurses honored with March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards (Photo) - 06/07/17

PeaceHealth is delighted to congratulate four PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center nurses named by the March of Dimes as Oregon and Southwest Washington 2017 Nurses of the Year. The March of Dimes selected 17 overall winners from 430 nominees across Oregon and Washington. The awards were presented on June 2nd, 2017.

"I could not be more proud," said Liz Dunne, President and Chief Executive of PeaceHealth. "It takes a unique type of person to enter the field of nursing. With compassion at the forefront, nurses never underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word or a listening ear. These small acts of caring make a difference."

Of the 430 nominees, 62 PeaceHealth nurses were named as finalists. The 2017 March of Dimes awards were chaired by PeaceHealth's Chief Nursing Officer Victoria King, RN, who offered "A heartfelt thank you to our fabulous Nurse of the Year award winners and finalists for their advocacy, leadership and commitment to advancing our PeaceHealth quality of care and putting our patients at the center. Kudos to you for living our Mission each day, going above and beyond to impact change and helping us on our path to always deliver safe, sound and personal care."

The four PeaceHealth Southwest March of Dimes Nurse of the Year winners are:

Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award: Gail Weeks, RN, Cancer Center
2017 Rising Star Award: Kelsey Sudenga, RN, Surgery
Adult Acute Care Award: Irina Kolychev, RN, Medical-Surgical
Critical Care (Adult) Award: Teresa Chamberlain, RN

To learn more about our each of our award winning nurses, visit:
https://www.thecaregiver.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Award-Winning-Nurse-Info.pdf

To learn more about the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards visit:
https://www.facebook.com/MarchOfDimesGreaterOregon/

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Nurse of the Year winners:
Front row far left: Kelsey Sudenga, RN
Back row far left: Gail Weeks, RN
Back row middle (in pink): Teresa Chamberlain, RN
Back row far right: Irina Kolychev, RN

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.

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.

"Wallbreaking" ceremony kicks off neurosciences renovation project today - 06/06/17

Rather than the more common "groundbreaking" ceremony, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will celebrate a "wallbreaking" ceremony at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon on the 3rd floor of the Medical Center's Mother Joseph Building. The walls are coming down to make room for a newly expanded Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit for patients recovering from neurological issues. When completed, the new unit will feature 14 patient beds, a gymnasium, dining room, therapy areas, with extra square footage for additional support services. The public is invited to attend the wallbreaking ceremony.

"This final phase of our neuro campaign will be a great benefit to the 2700 neuro inpatients we care for every year," said Carol Van Natta, Executive Director of the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation, which is raising funds to cover the $10 million cost of creating the new Neurosciences Center of Excellence. "These patients are recovering from life-threatening conditions including stroke, brain aneurysms, brain and spine cancer, and other significant traumas. We're excited to begin the final phase in bringing the best neuro care to our community."

The new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is funded through the generosity of our community, and is the last of three phases of the neurosciences campaign:

* Phase I: Creation of a dedicated Neurosciences Inpatient Unit, the Thomas & Sandra Young Neurosciences Center, located on the 6th floor of PeaceHealth Southwest's Firstenburg Tower
* Phase II: The creation of the Jay D. Miller Neurosciences Caregiver Endowment to provide continuing education to nurses, technicians, and neuro caregivers
* Phase III: Renovation/expansion of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

The completion of the Inpatient Rehab Unit will add to the already impressive list of neurological treatments available at PeaceHealth Southwest, including:

* Interventional stroke program (the only one of its kind in southwest Washington) allowing neurologists and neurosurgeons to identify and remove blood clots or administer clot-busting medicine for stroke patients
* Cyberknife technology to assist surgeons in treating brain tumors previously considered inoperable
* Telemedicine to minimize geographic challenges by providing physicians with immediate, virtual access to patients facing life-threatening delays due to geographical distance to care

The overall cost to create PeaceHealth Southwest's Neurosciences Center of Excellence is approximately $10 million. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will account for approximately 60% of the total, and is expected to be open for patient care by summer of 2018.

Where:
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center -- 3rd Floor of the Mother Joseph Building
400 NE Mother Joseph Place, Vancouver WA
(Enter from 92nd Avenue entrance)

When:
Tuesday June 6th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

PeaceHealth Southwest Announces $2.45 Million in New Gifts - 06/05/17

The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation announces three estate gifts totaling $2.45 million to be used to fund vital local health services. "These gifts will truly transform our care for our community," said Carol Van Natta, Executive Director of the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation. "Every gift we receive is vitally important to the work we do, and our donors make this work possible."

The three gifts are:

* Anonymous gift of $750,000 to benefit the Ray Hickey Hospice House, located at 2112 E. Mill Plain Boulevard. This facility offers families an alternative home-like environment where loved ones may receive end-of-life care. The center includes 20 private rooms where patient families can visit day and night.
* A $700,000 gift from Warren Weldon and his late wife Betty, in honor of Dr. Marilyn Darr, to benefit PeaceHealth's Family Medicine Program.
* A $1 million gift from Don Heimbigner, in honor of his late wife Elaine, to support comprehensive cancer services at PeaceHealth Southwest.

In the most recently completed fiscal year, the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation raised $6 million in philanthropic support. In recent years this donor support has driven the development of important new services at PeaceHealth Southwest including a new hybrid cath lab, neurosciences center, and cardiac care center.

In addition to large single gifts, the Foundation also recognizes PeaceHealth Southwest caregivers for their collective generosity, giving a combined $1 million. "PeaceHealth Southwest caregivers are deeply committed to our mission, and they demonstrate their commitment daily, not only through their work, but also through philanthropy," said Van Natta. "Nearly one quarter of our caregivers donated to the Foundation last year. Their gifts are truly doing amazing things for our Medical Center, and we see the impact of this support every day."

This week PeaceHealth Southwest launches the next phase in its creation of a Neurosciences Center of Excellence. "We're very excited to take the next step this week in enhancing our Neurosciences Center," said Van Natta. "On Tuesday June 6th we'll host a ceremonial demolition of the space that will soon become our new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. This rehab space will help patients regain function as they recover from neurological issues. We're nearing the finish line of this three-year, $10.5 million neurosciences campaign, chaired by Tom Young, and we're thrilled to see this positive impact this great program is making in our community."

Media Advisory:
News media is invited to attend the ceremonial demolition kick off as we prepare to build our new Neurosciences Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. The ceremonial demolition will take place at 4:00 pm on the 3rd floor of PeaceHealth Southwest's Mother Joseph Building.

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.

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.