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Brenner Marathon Bib
Brenner Marathon Bib
Legacy Meridian Park kicks off Heart & Stroke Walk team rally with special guests (Photo) - 02/14/18

Event brings together partners to rally event teams and includes CPR demo and award presentation

February 13, 2018 -- Join us on Friday, February 16 at 11:00am for Legacy Meridian Park Hospital's kickoff event for the 2018 American Heart Association Oregon & SW Washington Heart & Stroke Walk. The walk itself will take place in June, 2018.

Kirstyn Rossman, Assistant Nurse Manager, at Legacy Meridian Park is the hospital's team coach. In early October, 2017, Rossman entered her first ever event, the Portland Marathon, where she provided lifesaving CPR to a fellow runner. He survived that event and they have become close friends.

At this event, Rossman will be presented with the American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award by Oregon & SW Washington, Executive Director, Lanette Trickey. As a surprise special guest, the man she saved, Dave Brenner, will be there from Breckenridge, CO, to help her receive the award. As a special surprise to Brenner, he will be presented with a 2017 Portland Marathon Finisher Medal as an honorary token of what would have been his 42nd consecutive marathon.

The full program also includes presentations by Metro West Ambulance and Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications on the 'Chain of Survival', a Hands-Only CPR demonstration by Legacy Meridian Park nurses, and heart-healthy information in honor of February being American Heart Month.

Event Details
When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Where: Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Cafeteria
19300 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Featured Guests
* Kirstyn Rossman, Legacy Meridian Park Nurse who provided bystander CPR
* Dave Brenner, Portland Marathon runner who received lifesaving CPR
* Russ Cusumano, Emergency Communications Sr. Dispatcher, Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications
* Metro West Ambulance Paramedics who provided ALS care to the patient
* Allyson Anderson, President, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
* Lanette Trickey, Executive Director, American Heart Association, Oregon & SW Washington

Interviews of the featured guests will be available at the conclusion of the program

About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 13,000 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

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke -- the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Anonymous $15,000 match offered for fifth annual Walk Around the Clock fundraiser - 02/02/18

Annual event organized by Legacy Good Samaritan's Cardiac Rehabilitation team kicks off American Heart Month

February 2, 2018 -- An anonymous donor has agreed to match all gifts up to $15,000 for the fifth annual Walk Around the Clock fundraiser to celebrate American Heart Month at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The 24-hour event -- from noon on February 7 to noon on February 8 -- will benefit Legacy's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Patients, staff and other supporters will walk nonstop on two treadmills in the hospital lobby to raise money and awareness about the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and recovery from heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States.

For a one-dollar-per-minute contribution, walkers can sign up for shifts of 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Supporters of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program can also buy raffle tickets for a wide range of prizes -- from tickets to a Blazers game to a gift certificate for a chiropractor. Cash gifts will also be accepted.

Event Details
When: Noon on Wednesday, February 7 through noon on Thursday, February 8
Where: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Main Lobby, 1015 NW 22nd Ave., Portland

Featured Walkers
The first walkers will be Wayne Ray, a cardiac rehab patient, and Dr. Paul Hull. Together, Ray and Hull created a cardiac rehabilitation program in the early 1970s, when Ray worked at the YMCA.

Sign up to walk
Call the Legacy Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at 503-413-6723.

Make a cash gift
To make a donation, please visit www.legacyhealthgiving.org/WalkGS.

Buy a raffle ticket
Tickets can be purchased from the Legacy Cardiac Rehab staff or at the event for $3 each or five for $10. The drawing will be held Feb. 8.


About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 13,000 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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Unity Center lobby
Unity Center lobby
Unity Center Expands Capacity with the Addition of Five New Inpatient Beds (Photo) - 01/31/18

Unity Center celebrates its One Year Anniversary with over 7,000 patients served in 2017

Portland, Ore. (January 31, 2018). Today, as Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) mark the one year anniversary of the opening of Unity Center for Behavioral Health, the four health systems are pleased to announce the addition of five new adult inpatient beds beginning April 2018. Upon completion of the additional beds, Unity Center will offer 85 adult inpatient beds and 22 inpatient beds for adolescents ages nine through 17.

"Unity Center is decreasing unnecessary hospitalizations for our patients, discharging 80 percent of patients within 20 hours of stabilization, crisis intervention and discharge planning; however, as the number of individuals seeking care in the Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) increases, we anticipate the need for a few more beds inpatient treatment" said Dr. Chris Farentinos, vice president of Unity Center. "We are adding five adult beds to increase our capacity for inpatient treatment."

Faster access to care for patients
The Unity Center is a 109,270-square foot, 24-hour behavioral health services center that features the first emergency room in Oregon and Southwest Washington explicitly designed to deliver immediate psychiatric care and a path to recovery for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The center was created with the goal of reducing the boarding time of behavioral health patients in hospital Emergency Departments (ED) and connecting patients with the right services upon discharge. The wait time for a bed in a hospital for behavioral health patients in crisis used to average between 40-60 hours for some of the busiest EDs. The average wait time for a bed at Unity is now eight hours. This significant reduction in boarding time also benefits local area EDs. For example, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center has seen a 71 percent decrease in hours spent on ED diversion status due to overcrowding. Since opening a year ago, Unity has treated nearly 5,000 patients in the PES and discharged 1,700 patients from an inpatient unit.

Treating behavioral health patients with compassion
With the help of partners in law enforcement and EMS, Unity Center has made significant headway in re-framing the conversation around how to compassionately treat and care for those experiencing a mental health emergency. For example, Unity has encouraged a model of ambulance transport for individuals in a behavioral health crisis. Today, when police respond to a 911 call about a person in a mental health crisis, there is a community-wide agreement in Portland that patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis will be transported to the hospital via ambulance, not in the back of a police car. In the last year, over 1,197 patients have arrived at Unity Center by ambulance.

Supporting follow up care
"For many patients, seeking help at Unity Center is the first step in their journey toward improved mental health," continued Dr. Farentinos. "Partnering with dozens of community-based organizations helps us connect our patients with social services and follow-up care so they continue to receive the support they need after leaving Unity Center."

Unity Center works with several local behavioral health organizations to ensure patients have access to the support services they need. Our partners include CareOregon, Cascadia Behavioral Health, Central City Concern, De Paul Treatment Centers, FolkTime, Hooper, Kaiser Permanente, Lifeworks Northwest, NARA (Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest), and Western Psychological and Counseling Services. Of the patients discharged from Unity Center inpatient units, 88 percent make it to their first community appointment within seven days from discharge. This success metric is eight percentage points above the Oregon Health Authority's quality metrics for behavioral health inpatient facilities.

Training new behavioral health care providers
Unity Center is fulfilling one of its core founding principles, which is to serve as a psychiatric teaching hospital. To date, Unity has trained over a dozen psychiatric residents. In addition, approximately 20 medical students have completed clinical rotations throughout the hospital, under the supervision of Unity's faculty psychiatrists. Unity has also provided training for nearly 500 clinical staff including therapists, behavioral health nurses and social workers as well as non-clinical staff on models of care within behavioral health services. In 2018, Unity Center will launch a preceptorship for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

The Unity Center is a revolutionary model for providing crisis mental health services because it spreads the cost and leverages the investment, the expertise and the range of the human, technological and systemic resources of the major stakeholders to meet a pressing need in the community. The collaboration between Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and OHSU ultimately benefits human health and well-being, lowering costs in health care, law enforcement, and the justice system.

Michael Lewellen Trustees named to Emanuel Medical Center Foundation Board
Michael Lewellen Trustees named to Emanuel Medical Center Foundation Board
Trustees named to Emanuel Medical Center Foundation Board (Photo) - 01/24/18

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release Contact: Vicki Guinn
January 24, 2018 Phone: 503-413-2939


Trustees named to Emanuel Medical Center Foundation Board

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Emanuel Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce Ernest E. Cooper, Michael E. Lewellen and Frank B. Piacentini have been elected to its board of trustees. The Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, part of Legacy Health -- the largest local, nonprofit health care provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Cooper is the owner and principal broker of Cooper Realty, a local real estate group he founded in 2013. He studied business and real estate at Midland Community College in Midland, Texas, and earned an associate's degree in business and real estate from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas.
Lewellen is vice president of corporate communications and public engagement for the Portland Trail Blazers. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Arkansas State University and is an accredited public relations practitioner through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators. An active member of the community, Lewellen serves on the board of directors of the Portland Trail Blazers Foundation, the Urban League of Portland, All Hands Raised, PRSA--Oregon Chapter and the Corporate Advisory Board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs.
A real estate investor and broker, Piacentini is president of Gresham Development Company and the owner of FBP Consulting and K2P, which partners with Springbrook Apartments, Woodview Village Apartments and the Hilltop House Apartments. He also is a partner in Two Eagles Enterprises
and Oakridge Associates. He received a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Nationally known for expertise in treating critical health conditions, Legacy Emanuel is a medical pacesetter. With advanced specialized services, which include a Level I Trauma Center, a Level I Burn Center, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Therapy (ECMO) and the LifeFlight Network, it is a vital regional hub for trauma care. To learn more about supporting any of Legacy Health's hospitals or programs, call the Legacy Health Office of Philanthropy at 503-415-4700 or visit www.legacyhealthgiving.org.
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