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Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Salem Health, Vice President of Community Engagement; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks
Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Salem Health, Vice President of Community Engagement; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks
Salem Health grants $41,370 to Family Building Blocks (Photo) - 06/27/17

Salem, Ore. -- June 27, 2017 -- Salem Health presented a $41,370 Community Partnership Grant to Family Building Blocks to fund a pilot project to electronically conduct developmental screenings for children in a family's home. Salem Health introduced the Community Partnership Grant program in October 2014 and will grant a total of $306,382 in 2017. Successful initiatives improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community and decrease the need for catastrophic care and its associated social, emotional and economic costs.

"This pilot project will make a difference in the lives of our community's most vulnerable citizens -- our children," said Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director of Family Building Blocks. "The use of tablets by our staff during home visits allows us to address needs immediately and offer on-demand resources. With the support of Salem Health, we are providing local children more opportunities to thrive."

Electronic screenings increase the chance of early detection of developmental delays. Early detection followed by quality interventions result in better long-term health outcomes. Research indicates that detection rates for developmental disabilities without using tools is 20 percent, compared to 80-90 percent using a screening tool. Only 30 percent of children with disabilities are identified for intervention before starting school. Providing intervention prior to kindergarten for children with potential delays has significant benefits.

"Community Partnership Grants are designed to improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community," said Sharon Heuer, director of community benefit at Salem Health. "We know that this pilot project will address a specific need in the development of these young children and we're pleased to partner with Family Building Blocks to help keep children safe and families together."

Community Partnership Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use and early childhood health.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Vice President of Community Engagement, Salem Health; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks

Pictured (L to R): Herb Sims, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairperson; Dr. Ralph Yates, Chief Medical Officer of Salem Health; Melissa Baurer, Salvation Army Director of Community Services; and Captain Dan Williams, Salvation Army Marion and Polk County
Pictured (L to R): Herb Sims, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairperson; Dr. Ralph Yates, Chief Medical Officer of Salem Health; Melissa Baurer, Salvation Army Director of Community Services; and Captain Dan Williams, Salvation Army Marion and Polk County
Salem Health grants $50,000 to Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter (Photo) - 06/21/17

Salem Health presented a $50,000 Community Partnership Grant to the Salvation Army to fund an alcohol and drug professional mentor for the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter. Salem Health introduced the Community Partnership Grant program in Oct. 2014 and will grant a total of $306,382 in 2017. Successful initiatives improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community and decrease the need for catastrophic care and its associated social, emotional and economic costs.

"At the Lighthouse Shelter, the ADP mentor walks alongside those with addiction and supports them as they make strides toward sobriety," said Sharon Heuer, Director of Community Benefit at Salem Health. "The mentor knows the road to recovery and helps clients navigate the way."

Since 1966, The Lighthouse Shelter has provided the Salem community with a six month transitional shelter for men and women looking to become self-sufficient. In 2016, the shelter housed 361 individuals in need. The shelter, located at 1901 Front Street in Salem, believes in meeting the needs of the whole person, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. During their stay, residents have access to three meals a day, laundry facilities, showers and warm beds.

Shelter residents work closely with case managers who connect them with community resources and help combat barriers to self-sufficiency. Case managers guide residents each week, help establish individualized plans, set goals and track progress. The program is available for up to six months, and potentially longer, if the resident is making significant progress. The grant-funded alcohol and drug professional mentor will support individuals living at the shelter who are experiencing substance abuse and who are in need of establishing on-going support services in the community.

"Approximately 58 percent of shelter residents identify a substance abuse history with addictions, and 17 percent are extreme cases of substance abuse disorder," said Captain Dan Williams. "The funds granted by Salem Health will allow us to create behavioral support plans encompassing both mental health and substance abuse. We're so grateful to partner with Salem Health in this way."

Community Partnership Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use and early childhood health.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Salem Health West Valley Foundation grants scholarships to 19 college students - 06/05/17

The Salem Health West Valley Foundation announces that 19 students in medically related fields will receive scholarships for the 2017 to 2018 school year. Scholarships help build the skills and knowledge needed to provide the community with high-quality care into the future.

The Foundation awarded a total of $19,500 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in a variety of programs.

Recipients for the 2017 to 2018 school year:

Kyle Lenz; McKayla Ruettgers; Mitchell Bollman; Amanda Dankenbring; MaKenzie Davis; Kaitlin Smith; Sarah Solvedt; Alisha Aime; Rylie Gaither-Lyell; Skyla Ihne; Jillian Sunderman; Heidi Sunderman; Brenda Hess; Hilary Keck; Megan Ronco; Kara Cardwell; Kaci Cheavtharn; Micah Masei; Gabriela Hernandez.

"This scholarship will help me further advance my studies in trauma care," said scholarship winner Hilary Keck, clinical nurse at Salem Health. "I'm grateful to the Foundation for granting me these funds to use to serve the community and advance my career."

The Salem Health West Valley Foundation is a charitable organization that supports programs and services at Salem Health West Valley. Its 13 member Board of Directors helps to raise funds and manage the resources of the Foundation. This is the tenth year that the Salem Health West Valley Foundation has awarded scholarships. This year's scholarship awards were funded by the proceeds from the Foundation's 2016 Moonlight & Vines Gala. The 2017 Moonlight & Vines Gala will be held August 25, 2017 at the Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas, Oregon. For ticket information, please contact the Salem Health West Valley Foundation office at wvhfound@salemhealth.org or 503-814-1990.

Scholarship applications for students in medically-related fields of study are available each year beginning February 1. Applicants must have a permanent residence in Polk County or be a current employee or family member of a current employee at Salem Health West Valley, and must have applied to a college in their field of study before applying for this scholarship. Since 2008, Salem Health West Valley Foundation has awarded $210,500 to 198 students. Find more information online at www.salemhealth.org/wvhf.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.