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PeaceHealth welcomes new Strategy and Community Health leaders (Photo) - 04/07/17

PeaceHealth is pleased to announce new leaders in the areas of Strategic Analytics and Innovation, and in Community Health. The following announcement was shared with PeaceHealth's Vancouver caregivers by Mike Dwyer, PeaceHealth's Executive Vice President for Strategy and Community Health:

As our healthcare ministry continues to develop a strong community based wellness model, I am pleased to announce two highly skilled, proven and mission-driven leaders have chosen to join PeaceHealth. Please join me in welcoming Vishal Chaudhry as system director of strategic analytics and innovation and Meghan McCarthy as system director of community health.

Vishal has extensive experience leading quality and operational performance improvement as well as utilization management, and accreditation. Before joining PeaceHealth, he served as the chief quality and data officer and risk manager for Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, Washington, where he facilitated and led many quality, process improvement and integration projects. He has also served in similar roles at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada, and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. In addition to his healthcare experience, he holds a master's degree in Mechanical and a bachelor's degree Industrial Engineering.

In his new role, Vishal will provide leadership and oversight in the development of strategic analytics and innovation organization, including the standardization and implementation of these initiatives across the PeaceHealth system.

Vishal shares, "PeaceHealth's value of Social Justice resonates quite strongly with me. Over the course of my healthcare career, I have come to appreciate the interconnectedness between acute care, community health and public health, and am excited to join an organization that places significant emphasis on integrating with the communities it serves."

Meghan has more than 15 years of experience in community health and wellness. She brings a wealth of expertise and, in her words, "a dedication to making the world a healthier place, one human at a time." During her diverse career, she has worked for the largest public hospital in the US, the military, non-profits and universities. She was recognized, in 2014, by the Wellness Council of America as one of the Top 100 Wellness Professionals in the United States. Her combination of public health and business skills are invaluable to the development and management of population health programs.

In her new role, Meghan will provide leadership and oversight in the development of community health programs and operations across the PeaceHealth system. Meghan will be responsible for leading the efforts to identify the unmet complex health needs of the community, with a special emphasis on the poor and underserved.

"I feel called to join PeaceHealth to help extend the Mission and values of PeaceHealth to every member of the communities we serve even before they walk through our doors," says Meghan.

Both Vishal's and Meghan's first day will be Monday, April 17. Once again, please join me in giving them each a warm welcome.

Gratefully,
Mike

Attached Media Files: Meghan McCarthy , Vishal Chaudhry
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor launches online wait-time indicator for walk-in clinic - 04/05/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center patients can now view approximate wait times, in minutes, of the Peace Harbor walk-in clinic. The new feature was recently launched on several pages of the Peace Harbor website.

"We heard loud and clear during our Town Hall meeting in December that wait times in our walk-in clinic were a pain point for our patients," said Nena Harvey, director of PeaceHealth Medical Group Operations, Peace Harbor. "While we continue to place community members with new providers, we also wanted to make accessing care in our walk-in clinic much easier to navigate."

Harvey says the wait times are updated at least once per hour by caregivers in the clinic.

The wait-time display can be found on the PeaceHealth Medical Group Florence page (https://www.peacehealth.org/phmg/florence), the WeCare page (https://www.peacehealth.org/WeCare) and the Florence walk-in clinic page (https://www.peacehealth.org/phmg/florence/services/primary-care/Pages/walk-in-clinic).

"Now, community members can make informed decisions about when to come in for care," says Harvey.

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 Peace Harbor Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Since opening its doors in 1989, Peace Harbor has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

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PeaceHealth, Providence leverage ongoing, strategic alliance for new pediatric endocrinology program - 04/05/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has announced plans to offer new pediatric endocrinology services through its ongoing alliance with Providence Health & Services through Providence Children's Health. The program will offer local, specialized care for children with endocrinology diagnoses such as diabetes or problems with growth, puberty or other disorders related to hormones and the glands that produce them. Its implementation addresses a growing need within the community.

"Providence Children's Health has an incredible pediatric endocrinology team. The challenge for many of our patients is commuting to Portland, especially for those children who need routine check-ups with a specialist. This pediatric endocrinology program is designed to address the need in our community by leveraging Providence's expertise to serve our patients here in Lane County," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive, PeaceHealth Oregon Network.

On April 10, a pediatric endocrinology outpatient clinic, to be housed in the pediatric specialties department at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend Pavilion on the fourth floor, will open. The clinic will offer pediatric endocrinology services via Providence pediatric endocrinologists. These services were previously unavailable to local families in Lane County.

On the strategic alliance, O'Leary said, "We are committed to working in tandem with Providence to deliver compassionate, thoughtful services that meet the needs of our community. This work will expand the range of pediatric services that we can offer young patients and families in Lane County, providing affordable, reliable care close to home."

About the strategic alliance: In 2015, Providence Health & Services and PeaceHealth, two Catholic health systems that have been serving the Pacific Northwest for more than 125 years, signed a strategic alliance agreement to jointly develop new innovative services for local communities. By capitalizing on strengths and aligned missions, Providence and PeaceHealth have been able to jointly identify community needs and develop methods for meeting those needs. The goal of the alliance is to produce exciting and much-needed innovations that will truly make a difference, changing people's lives in ways they never imagined. It's about healthier people and healthier communities.

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 has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 800 physicians and providers, a comprehensive laboratory system, and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. PeaceHealth Oregon is comprised of four hospitals, six clinics and several laboratory locations that it serves with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship. Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org.

About Providence Health & Services: Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves -- especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. The system's combined scope of services includes hospitals, physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services across Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington -- with its system office located in Renton, Washington. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began nearly 160 years ago. Learn more at www.providence.org.


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City of Florence, PeaceHealth invite public to third healthcare town hall - 04/03/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- The City of Florence and PeaceHealth invites the Florence community to attend a third in a series of healthcare Town Halls. The public is encouraged to participate in this free event, which will be held from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Florence Events Center. Mayor Joe Henry will facilitate.

During this month's town hall, PeaceHealth leaders will:
* Provide a provider recruitment update
* Explain the important role of nurse practitioners place in the delivery of care
* Discuss PeaceHealth's commitment to community benefit

Community members are encouraged to submit questions before the event on the Facebook event page at facebook.com/peaceharbor or by emailing PublicAffairsPHOR@peachealth.org. Participants also are welcome to submit questions during the event.

"Since our last town hall, we have succeeded in matching more than 5,000 community members with newly recruited primary care providers," said Rick Yecny, chief administrative officer, Peace Harbor Medical Center. "Our hope is to continue demonstrating our commitment to serving our valued community members and meeting their healthcare needs."

For the latest information about the event and PeaceHealth's provider recruiting efforts, visit peacehealth.org/WeCare.

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 Peace Harbor Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Since opening its doors in 1989, Peace Harbor has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

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