Legacy Good Samaritan to break ground on Oregon's first combined Emergency Department/Urgent Care (Photo)
Project will also transform Emergency Department; renovate Northwest 23rd avenue façade
Portland, Ore. (May 4, 2015) Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center announced today it will officially break ground on a large capital project that will transform its Emergency Department and also create a new Urgent Care on Friday, May 8, 2015. Specifically, the project, which is expected to be complete by December 2015, will:
* create Oregon's first Urgent Care located within an Emergency Department;
* transform the current layout of the Emergency Department to be a more flexible, multi-faceted, and efficient space; and
* redesign Legacy Good Samaritan's façade on Northwest 23rd Avenue.
"Our new combined Emergency Department/Urgent Care will allow Good Sam to improve the care we deliver today and also adjust to the health care needs of tomorrow," said Jonathan Avery, chief administrative office, Legacy Good Samaritan. "With half of Good Sam's patients being admitted through the Emergency Department, we consider it our unofficial front door to the community. This renovation will offer a new unique approach emergency and urgent care services and also enhance our presence on NW 23rd Avenue."
What: A community celebration with Legacy Health leaders, community partners, staff and physicians that will mark the official kick off of Legacy Good Samaritan's new Emergency Department and Urgent Care.
When: Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ceremony starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Emergency Department at N.W. 23rd Avenue
between Marshall and Lovejoy streets
Emergency Department Transformation
This renovation will redesign Legacy Good Samaritan's Emergency Department to foster better patient flow, safety, privacy, efficiency and aesthetics. Specifically, the project will create larger private rooms to accommodate state-of-the-art medical equipment; multiple patient visitors; separate care pathways that meet the unique needs of certain patient populations such as senior citizens and behavioral health patients; enhance Legacy Good Samaritan's façade on northwest 23rd Avenue to include a new well-lit, covered entrance and complimentary valet parking.
"The Good Sam Emergency Department is a very busy place that cares for patients with a wide diversity of medical issues," said Jennifer Aponte, MD, medical director of the Legacy Good Samaritan Emergency Department. "Our renovated unit will allow our dedicated nurses and physicians to continue delivering individualized care for each of our patients' unique needs but in a much more efficient and therapeutic environment. "
Legacy Urgent Care-Good Samaritan
The transformation of Legacy Good Samaritan's west wing will also create Legacy Urgent Care-Good Samaritan - Oregon's first and only Urgent Care co-located within a hospital Emergency Department. Legacy Urgent Care-Good Samaritan, which will be co-located urgent care within the Emergency Department, is designed with the care and service needs of lower acuity patient but with direct access to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Additional benefits of Legacy Good Samaritan's co-located Urgent Care include:
* substantial cost savings to the patient and to the health care system as a whole;
* seamless transitions of care - Good Sam's Urgent Care will electronically share treatment records with the patient's personal doctor; and
* access to hospital staff and resources in the event of a more serious medical issue.
Legacy Good Samaritan's Emergency Department entrance will be temporarily located at Northwest 22nd Avenue and Lovejoy Street. The permanent entrance on northwest 23rd Avenue will be re-opened at the conclusion of the project.
Approximately half of the patients admitted to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center are admitted through the Emergency Department for medical emergencies related to chest pain, abdominal pain, respiratory issues, headaches and injuries such as hip fractures. The most recent renovation to the northwest Portland medical center was almost 30 years ago.
The cost for this transformative project will be approximately $10 million with much of the financial support coming from Legacy Health's generous donor community and grateful patients.
"As a nonprofit health care system, Legacy Health must obtain philanthropic support from the community in order to maintain high quality medical services," says Maureen Bradley, senior vice president and chief development officer for Legacy Health's Office of Philanthropy. "The "Building Pathways to Emergency Care" Capital Campaign will support an innovative, personalized approach to Emergency Services and Urgent Care that could become a model for other hospitals adapting to health care reforms and societal challenges."
Major power surge causes shutdown of Legacy Health's data center and clinical application systems
Legacy's data center, clinical applications, and electronic records system now fully restored
(Portland, OR) - Legacy Health experienced a major power disruption to its enterprise data center at 10:15 p.m. on April 30, causing a complete shutdown of its data servers, information network and access to clinical and electronic management systems at Legacy Health's medical centers.
Legacy Health leadership quickly initiated system wide emergency operations command at approximately 11:07 p.m. and launched planned system downtime procedures to ensure continuing, safe and quality patient care.
Legacy's data center and information network was restored to functioning at approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 1. Access to Legacy Health's clinical management system and electronic health records systems are now fully functional for clinical operations and patient care. "I'm proud of the professional response, compassionate care and problem solving expertise shown by employees throughout Legacy Health during this data system crisis to make sure the situation was resolved as quickly as possible and that our patients received the quality and safe care they expect from Legacy Health clinical care teams," said George J. Brown, MD, President and CEO of Legacy Health.
An important element of planned system downtime is conversion to manual clinical documentation and ordering to ensure patient health monitoring, documentation, testing and procedures are conducted and delivered in a timely and safe manner. There are no known disruptions to patient care and surgeries went as planned during the data system downtime.
Legacy's Information Services assessment and response team worked through the night and into this morning to assess and restore data center operations, its enterprise network and clinical application systems, including electronic health records. "We immediately put our incident response plan into effect, engaging all technical and support team members," said John Kenagy, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Legacy. "Restoration was extensive due to the nature of the power loss but we methodically restored systems, validated system integrity, and returned service to Legacy users." The assessment team has determined there is no loss of data to Legacy's information management and electronic health records system.
Legacy Health will be conducting an investigation to determine how the power supply loss occurred. It is possible that the outage is related to the power disruption in NW Portland late Thursday night.
This news release serves as Legacy Health's formal statement on the data center crisis. We are declining request for interviews.
Legacy Cancer Institute Mother's Day brunch to examine importance of a healthy beauty regimen
Cancer prevention experts to discuss practical tips with teens, young women and their moms
Portland, Ore. (May 1, 2015) Legacy Cancer Institute will host a Mother's Day brunch and discussion on Sunday, May 3 to explore with local moms and daughters how beauty regimes can affect women's health at any age and what can be done to mitigate risks. Legacy's complementary Mother's Day celebration will bring together cancer prevention experts, moms and daughters of all ages to discuss:
* chemicals found in popular cosmetic and skin care products that are linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues;
* the "no-diet" diet that keeps weight down, improves complexions, and fights off diseases; and
* skin safety in the sun and the danger of tanning beds.
Guests will also enjoy a healthy brunch; receive giveaways; and collect empowerment tools that will allow them to walk away from the event with practical tips on how to eradicate toxins from their beauty regimen.
WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Participants arrive, enjoy brunch
9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion begins
10:30 a.m. Audience question and answer session
11:00 a.m. Media availability with Legacy Health experts
WHERE: Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205
Media Availabilities: Panel experts Jennifer Garreau, MD, breast and melanoma specialist and Marci Reed, registered dietician with Legacy Cancer Institute will be available for interview at 11:00 a.m. following the panel discussion and question and answer session.
***Please reply to Megan Turnell at 503-729-5276 or email@example.com
if you are planning to attend***
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 9,800 employees, is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area. Legacy Health provides an integrated network of healthcare services, including acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services. Legacy's hospitals include: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Also included in the Legacy system are a hospice agency, a full-service research facility, and specialty and primary care clinics. Visit www.legacyhealth.org
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