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PeaceHealth No One Dies Alone program seeking volunteers - 03/24/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center is seeking caring men and women who are interested in providing a reassuring presence at the bedside of imminently dying patients who would otherwise be alone. Primary responsibilities include sitting with patients, playing provided recorded music and reading or praying silently. Volunteers are on call at the time of their choosing; shifts are from two to four hours long.

The training will take place at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center at 400 9th St., on May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Prospective volunteers must be a current PeaceHealth employee or must enroll at Peace Harbor as a volunteer. For information or to enroll, contact Joanie Schmidt by May 1 at 541-902-6709, or jschmidt2@peacehealth.org.

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 www.peacehealth.org.

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Rachel Lucy
Rachel Lucy
Catholic Health Association Honors PeaceHealth's Rachel Lucy with Leadership Award for Commitment to Advancing the Mission of Catholic Healthcare (Photo) - 03/24/17

-Bellingham, WA Resident Praised for Contributing to Compassionate Care and Healing Mission-

PeaceHealth, a mission-based not-for-profit healthcare system, announced today that System Director of Learning and Development Rachel Lucy has been named one of 2017's "Tomorrow's Leaders" by the Catholic Health Association (CHA). The award recognizes high-performing and dedicated young leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic healthcare. A resident of Bellingham, Wash., Lucy has been with PeaceHealth for 17 years and has time and again demonstrated her commitment to compassionate care and community involvement.

Lucy, one of ten recipients to receive the award nationally in 2017, will be recognized at the annual Catholic Health Assembly conference being held June 11-13 in New Orleans. She will also be invited to participate in an exclusive leadership formation retreat where her and her fellow honorees will come face to face with senior leaders in Catholic health ministries from across the country.

"Rachel is a bright and talented young leader who inspires those around her to achieve a deeper sense of purpose in their work -- a remarkable gift in someone," said Rosanne Ponzetti, System Vice President of Mission Services. "She has a clear sense of the PeaceHealth Mission and Values, and she helps others understand their role in seeing that vision. Her passion and commitment to being fully present brings out the best in everyone with whom she connects. The impact of her influence is a gift to Catholic healthcare and our ministry."

Lucy's philosophy is to lead by example at PeaceHealth, showing others that the PeaceHealth Mission is carried on through the compassion extended to others. She oversees programs offered through the PeaceHealth Leadership Institute, where she works to foster engagement, deepen the expression of the PeaceHealth Mission and support PeaceHealth's vision for the future. Lucy facilitates programs that draw out and honor the richness of experience and unique gifts leaders and caregivers bring in service to the PeaceHealth ministry.

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition by the Catholic Health Association. I share this honor with all PeaceHealth leaders and caregivers who I've seen bring our mission to life," said Lucy. "I've been blessed with many mentors over the years who have encouraged me to bring my gifts forward in service to our ministry and follow my calling. I feel a great responsibility to carry on, illuminating the tremendous love and compassion present in our communities."

Lucy is passionate about serving the community where she was raised and where she is raising her two young daughters. For the past four years, she has served on the Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board. She is also a champion of the local United Way chapter and previously helped facilitate PeaceHealth's Tribal Health Experience of Care Committee. Lucy is currently working on her PhD in Healthcare Leadership and Change from Antioch University, where she received a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology, and also has a Community Health degree from Western Washington University.

About PeaceHealth:
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit health care system with medical centers, critical access hospitals, medical group clinics and laboratories located in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, PeaceHealth has provided exceptional medicine and compassionate care to Northwest communities for more than a century. In 2012, PeaceHealth provided patient care to these communities through more than 78,000 inpatient admissions and almost 743,000 outpatient registrations, and 1.2 million patient encounters with the medical groups. PeaceHealth consistently receives national recognition for innovations in patient-centered care, patient safety, health care technology and cost efficiency.

Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org

Attached Media Files: Rachel Lucy
Laura Hall
Laura Hall
PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Announces Award Winners (Photo) - 03/24/17

The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation announces the recipients of the 2017 Sister Andrea Nenzel Friend of the Foundation Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that have provided exceptional service to the Foundation and the Medical Center. The awards will be formally presented at the Foundation's annual Cascade Society Dinner on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton.

There are two categories of awards:
The Community Award honors a non-PeaceHealth supporter.
The Caregiver Award honors a PeaceHealth caregiver.

The 2017 Community Award will be presented to Jim Martin, chief investment officer of the Murdock Charitable Trust. Martin serves on both the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Board and on the Foundation's Finance Committee. He was a strong supporter of the Foundation's Neurosciences Campaign.

"For six years, the Foundation has been the beneficiary of Jim's wise financial counsel," said Carol Van Natta, executive director of the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation. "He has been an outstanding board member and a generous donor. We are thrilled that Jim has agreed to accept the 2017 Community Award."

The Caregiver Award will be presented to two PeaceHealth employees. Kaci Caldwell, RCS, Manager of Cardiology clinic operations and IP cardiac diagnostic services; and Laura Hall, BSN, RN, CNOR, Manager Perioperative Services, Technology, Product Improvement & Business Office. Caldwell and Hall are honored for their service as co-chairs of PeaceHealth's annual employee giving drive. Hall has led the fundraising effort for the past decade; Caldwell joined as co-chair in 2012. Over the last five years, their efforts have inspired PeaceHealth Southwest employees to donate more than one million dollars.

"The Caregiver Campaign is successful year after year largely due to the efforts of Kaci and Laura," said Van Natta. "Because of their leadership, almost 25 percent of PeaceHealth Southwest employees make annual charitable gifts, supporting a wide range of programs and services at our Medical Center."

To request reservations to attend the Cascade Society dinner, please contact Alison Lazareck at the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation at (360) 514-3634.

The Friend of the Foundation Awards were created in 2016 and are named for Sister Andrea Nenzel, CSJP, who chairs the PeaceHealth System Board. The first awards were given in 2016 to attorney Randy Grove of Landerholm Law, and to Dr. Alden Roberts, PeaceHealth Southwest's chief medical officer (retired).

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.

Learn more at www.peacehealth.org

Attached Media Files: Laura Hall , Kaci Caldwell , Jim Martin
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend earns Oregon Patient Safety Commission award - 03/21/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend was selected recently as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Honorable Mention by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission seeks to advance, support and encourage patient safety in Oregon by encouraging a culture of patient safety through education, shared learning and improved transparency.

"I am humbled and proud of our caregivers' commitment to patient safety and quality care," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive for the PeaceHealth Oregon Network. "Through our involvement with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, we have been able to contribute to their effort to foster a culture of safety through early discussion/resolution techniques and the adoption of many quality improvement initiatives."

PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence was also selected as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Leading Participant.

For more information on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, visit OregonPatientSafety.org.

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 Peace Harbor earns Oregon Patient Safety Commission award - 03/21/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center was selected recently as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Leading Participant by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission seeks to advance, support and encourage patient safety in Oregon by encouraging a culture of patient safety through education, shared learning and improved transparency.

"This is outstanding recognition and yet another testament to our caregivers' dedication to enhancing our patient safety efforts and focus on quality," said Rick Yecny, Peace Harbor's Chief Administrative Officer. "Through our involvement with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, we have been able to contribute to their effort to foster a culture of safety through early discussion/resolution techniques and the adoption of many quality improvement initiatives."

For more information on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, visit OregonPatientSafety.org.

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 Peace Harbor Palliative Care team presents at Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon - 03/20/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- On Thursday, April 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Palliative Care program will present at the 2017 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, hosted at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Stephen Kerner, DO, and Donna Becker, Medical Social Worker, will be discussing the new palliative care program in Florence and the successes and challenges they have encountered in the community thus far.

Palliative care programs serve patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and desire alleviation of symptoms - whether social, physical, emotional or spiritual. Patients can receive palliative care at any time and at any stage of illness, whether terminal or chronic. Though both palliative care and hospice care programs focus on pain and symptom management, palliative care programs also include treatment options.

Also beginning in April, the Palliative Care program will host a series of classes designed to train prospective volunteers to work directly with palliative care patients in the community. The trainings will be held at Lane Community College and include an overview of palliative care, the role of the palliative care team and the volunteer, and communication and spirituality.

If you are interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Donna Becker at dbecker@peacehealth.org or 541-902-6734. Patient support volunteer classes will be limited to 18 members, and will be held every Monday starting on April 3 through May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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 Peace Harbor hosts University of Oregon Rural Health Club - 03/15/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- On Saturday, March 11, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center hosted approximately 20 University of Oregon students participating in the school's first Rural Health Club. Comprised of undergraduate students-- many of whom are premed -- the Rural Health Club is dedicated to teaching future health professionals and raising awareness about the delivery of healthcare in rural communities.

"Healthcare is a vital part of any community, and there are additional nuances within the rural landscape that differentiate the way we serve our patients," says Rick Yecny, Peace Harbor chief administrative officer. "It's encouraging to see so many young, bright minds with an interest in this field, and we were happy to host them. They are our future."

The club organized a field trip to Peace Harbor in Florence, where students received a personal tour of the hospital from Yecny and Program Director of Development Michele Diffenderfer. Yecny delivered a presentation about Peace Harbor's services to the community, an overview of the healthcare model in the United States and the Peace Harbor's commitment to offer additional services off-campus in order to continue serving community health.

"Rick and Michele taught us all about the features of the hospital that make it best suited for the population it serves. I was so impressed by the technology the hospital has, but also by the consideration for the patients. I had never been to a hospital where everyone was so friendly and worked together so well," shared Lilli Wheary, Rural Health Club member.

The trip culminated in a public service project, as students pulled weeds and planted peas in the food garden at Florence Food Share.

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 screens 83 youths during free youth heart screenings - 03/08/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend hosted a free heart screening clinic for teens between the ages of 12 to 18. A total 39 PeaceHealth providers, caregivers and volunteers were on hand to guide 83 young adults through the screenings. Of the 83 screened, 17 were referred back to their primary care provider for follow-up of a possible health problem.

Each 15-minute screening included vital measurements, body mass index measurements, a physical exam by a physician, and an electrocardiogram (EKG). Each teen left with a diagnostic results report that summarized the results of the screen.

"Even teens who seem perfectly healthy may have hidden heart problems," explained Eric Johnson, MD, pediatric cardiologist at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, who participated in the event. "Though the percentage is small, children and adolescents with undetected heart defects are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest--especially if they're athletes. Although screening with an EKG is not universally recommended, optional screenings such as this can detect some heart conditions, providing the opportunity for early detection of significant cardiovascular disease at an early age."

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States every year. The risk is up to three times greater for competitive athletes.

For updates on PeaceHealth's Teen Heart Screenings, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/PeaceHealthOregon.

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 Peace Harbor recognized for healthcare worker vaccinations rates - 03/08/17

FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Oregon Health Authority for achieving a 91% overall healthcare worker influenza vaccination rate. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2020 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination goal for the 2015-2016 influenza season was 90%.

"We take the health of our caregivers and our patients seriously," said Cassandra Antosz, RN, of PeaceHealth Employee Health. "With the intensity of flu outbreaks over the past few years, it was particularly imperative that our caregivers take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of flu. I'm proud to say our caregivers made it a priority to take this important step."

Of the 64 Oregon hospitals that reported data, Peace Harbor was one of only seven to meet the 90% target.

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.

PeaceHealth Southwest's New Spine Program Raises the Bar for Patient Outcomes - 03/06/17

When good isn't good enough.

800 times every year, patients suffering debilitating back pain place their faith and futures in the talented hands of the spine surgeons at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

"These patients all want to reduce their back pain and return to a more active life," said Shayla Donnelly, RN, the new Spine Program Coordinator at PeaceHealth Southwest. "We are thrilled today to announce the implementation of our new spine program, which we expect will result in the best outcomes and the highest level of care for our patients."

On Monday, March 6th, PeaceHealth Southwest launches the nationally recognized "Marshall Steele" program, which has proven to enhance patient outcomes, increase coordination and collaboration, and raise the overall level of patient satisfaction.

"Marshall Steele is a surgeon who watched with concern as his own mother went through her joint replacement journey more than 20 years ago," said Donnelly. "Inconsistencies in her care made it clear to him that much work could be done to streamline and improve the surgical process. He studied the process from beginning to end, uncovered great opportunities for improvement, and then implemented those changes in his own hospital. The results were astounding."

Steele began sharing those impressive results with other physicians and medical centers. Today, his ideas represent the best practices for achieving the best outcomes, and his team has helped implement his protocols in more than 100 U.S. hospitals.

How it works:

The Marshall Steele program organizes and prioritizes formerly disconnected elements of the surgery process, including:
* Education for the patient and family
* Enhanced training for primary care physicians
* Creation of a one-stop Prior Authorization Screening Cling to provide laboratory, EKG, and medical clearance screening
* Standardizing the pre-operative process
* Standardizing surgical protocols
* Increased focus on rehabilitation
* Follow-up through the first year post-surgery, including home safety evaluations and coaching
* Benchmarks to measure outcomes

PeaceHealth Southwest's new spine program features a multi-disciplinary performance improvement team, a specialized spine unit, and a spine care coordinator to ensure maximum collaboration across all disciplines.

"A successful spine surgery requires much more than the work of a gifted surgeon," said Donnelly. "Marshall Steele's work shows clearly that many other elements play a significant role in giving the patient a great outcome, including reducing their pain and nausea, increasing the speed of their recovery, monitoring the outcome of the surgery for up to year, and even measuring the satisfaction of the surgeon and staff."

About PeaceHealth Southwest's spine program:
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center performs approximately 800 spine procedures each year, including laminectomies, discectomies, and fusions. Spine surgeries are performed by physicians affiliated with Rebound Neurosurgery. For more information call (360) 514-2225 or visit www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/brain-spine

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.