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Salem Health donates over 2,000 toys for police toy drive (Photo) - 12/15/17

Salem Health Medical Group has built a tradition of collecting and donating new, unwrapped toys to children through Salem Police Department's annual toy drive. In 2016, SHMG donated over 2,000 toys. This year, SHMG teamed up with the rest of Salem Health to make the toy drive an even bigger success.

Video here: https://www.facebook.com/salemhealth/videos/10156895656307926/

"It's thrilling to be a part of bringing joy to a child during the holidays," said SMHG Associate Chief Medical Officer Michelle Rasmussen, MD. "At the medical group, we've always been excited to come together to help these kids. With the full weight of Salem Health behind us, we're excited to see the results."

Salem Health and SHMG have been gathering the toys for the past two months. On Dec. 14, the toys were loaded onto Salem Health's holiday float and transferred to a Salem Police SWAT van before they were sent to be wrapped and delivered to families.

"It was just a fantastic feeling and part of the broader picture of giving back and working with our very dear colleagues and friends who do so much for our community," said Bahaa Wanly, Salem Health Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Salem Health Medical Group.

The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive started Nov. 17, 2017 with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986. Toys were accepted through December 13 at the Salem Police Department and a number of alternate locations listed on the SPD's website. With donations from the public, the toy drive gives toys to approximately 250 families each year.

About Salem 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.

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Salem Health hosts 'Longest Night' vigil Dec. 21 (Photo) - 12/13/17

Grief and depression can hit hard during the holidays, especially if you've lost a loved one -- whether it was recently or years ago.

The Salem Health Foundation will host its second annual Longest Night of the Year, A Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Dec. 21 (Winter Solstice) from 7 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard between Buildings A and C on the Salem Hospital campus. The free outdoor event features readings, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. All are welcome and should dress for cold weather.

"While everyone experiences grief differently, healing happens best in community," said Salem Health Spiritual Care Supervisor Ken Morse. "This event will bring us together in healing and remembrance, as a gift to our community."

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) library has many resources to help with holiday depression and grief. Explore library resources (http://salemhealth.org/community-health-education-center/library), learn about bereavement support groups (http://salemhealth.org/community-health-education-center/group-meetings/support-groups/bereavement-support-groups) or call 503-814-2325 (CHEC) for more information.

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.

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Salem Health aims to top 2,000 toys for police toy drive - 12/11/17

Salem Health Medical Group has built a tradition of collecting and donating new, unwrapped toys to children through Salem Police Department's annual toy drive. In 2016, SHMG donated over 2,000 toys. This year, SHMG is teaming up with the rest of Salem Health to make the toy drive an even bigger success.

"It's thrilling to be a part of bringing joy to a child during the holidays," said SMHG Associate Chief Medical Officer Michelle Rasmussen, MD. "At the medical group, we've always been excited to come together to help these kids. With the full weight of Salem Health behind us, we're excited to see the results."

Salem Health and SHMG have been gathering the toys for the past two months. On Dec. 14, the toys will be loaded up onto Salem Health's holiday float and transferred to a Salem Police SWAT van before they are wrapped and delivered to families.

"The holidays can be especially tough for children in need," said Julie Jordan, executive assistant to Salem Health COO and Salem Health Medical Group Vice President Bahaa Wanly.

Jordan has been instrumental in the toy drive coordination between Salem Health and the medical group.

"At Salem Health, we love serving everyone in Marion and Polk counties, and children are no exception. This toy drive is just one way we can give back, and we're happy to do it," she added.

The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive started Nov. 17, 2017 with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986. Toys will be accepted through December 13 at the Salem Police Department and a number of alternate locations listed on the SPD's website. With donations from the public, the toy drive gives toys to approximately 250 families each year.

About Salem 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.

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Salem Health responds to opioid epidemic (Photo) - 11/20/17

Salem, OR -- Nov. 20, 2017 -- The use of opioids--including prescription pain medication--was labeled an epidemic long before the president declared a "public health emergency," last month.

Everywhere you turn, this trend has been in the news. But this news isn't fake. Statistics in Oregon alone back up the claim:
* "In 2014, enough opioids were prescribed in Oregon for nearly every person in the state to have a bottle." -- Oregon Assistant Attorney General David Hart.
* U.S. News and World Report found that in Oregon, more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug.
* The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project reports that Oregonians age 65 and older are landing in the hospital for opioid overdoses, abuse, dependence and adverse effects at a greater rate than any other state.
Salem Health is fighting back.

Salem Health hosted the 2017 Pain Summit in September, sponsored by the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRUM), which attracted 200 specialists from the medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health and addiction fields.

They are creating a regional action plan to reduce prescription drug abuse, misuse and overdose in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Health's Pain Clinic has embraced four goals: Reducing pills in circulation, improving the disposal of unused meds, expanding access to treatment and educating the public about the opioid crisis. It has become a major partner in OrCRUM.

"We saw renewed commitment at the Summit to tackle this crisis locally," said Josh Steenstra, Pain Clinic manager. "We're creating a 'to do' list and working with hospitals and clinics to identify local leaders to step up."

A patient's road back from addiction

The best view of this crises is through a patient's eyes--a patient like Ron Cox from our own community.

"I wasn't living, I was just fighting the pain," Ron said. "I literally thought I was going to die. Opioids are a one-way ticket to a place you don't want to go." Learn more about how Ron conquered his addiction in this short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OS5pVcRRxE&t=).

The clinic follows a two-pronged approach: Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, combined with a holistic approach to reduce dependency through all aspects of health -- physical, social and mental.

"The biggest hurdle we help patients overcome is accepting they have a problem with pain medication," Dr. Coelho said. "After all, nobody wants to be labeled a drug addict, especially if they're using prescribed drugs."

The truth about opioids

Opioids -- such as hydrocodone and oxycodone -- are beneficial when taken for fewer than three months, Coelho noted. Studies show that long-term use doesn't improve function.

"It's a vicious cycle because the brain likes the drug, so the body tells the brain it wants more, just to feel normal," Coelho said. "Our approach is to change the brain signals to change the pain cycle, similar to the classic 12-step recovery process."

The clinic aims to help patients understand their pain, not feel stigmatized and reduce dependency by prescribing other medications and teaching other options.

Pictured: Tessie and Ron Cox

About Salem 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.

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