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Salem Health welcomes two new board members (Photo) - 10/15/18

Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics recently welcomed two health care leaders to its board of trustees. David Harrison, MD and Phil Jackson began serving their three-year terms in early October.

“These two leaders have demonstrated competencies that will complement those of other board members and will support the mission of Salem Health,” said Bonnie Driggers, BSN, MS, MA, RN, Salem Health board of trustees chair. “They’ve both demonstrated their commitment to caring for people throughout their careers. We are looking forward to their contributions toward our mission to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.”

Dr. Harrison grew up in Chicago. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and then attended medical school at the University of Virginia. He completed his radiology residency and magnetic resonance imaging fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. After finishing his training, Dr. Harrison worked for nine years as a radiologist at a small Harvard teaching hospital, where he became associate chief and directed the MRI program. He took a sabbatical in 2004, working as a radiologist in New Zealand. He joined Salem Radiology Consultants in August 2005.

“As a physician who has served in Salem Health’s medical staff leadership, I've seen the commitment to excellence firsthand,” said Harrison. “I’m thrilled to bring my experiences in a wide variety of health care settings across the U.S. and New Zealand to the board. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in leading-edge efforts to create quality, value-driven health care.”

Dr. Harrison's wife, Joyce Millen, is an anthropology professor at Willamette University. They live in Salem with their daughter Maya. Dr. Harrison's outside interests include traveling, hiking, running and birding. He also serves on the boards of the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the American Bird Conservancy.

Jackson has been a leader in health care systems for four decades. He is currently CEO of Sutter Health’s Health Plan Products. He previously spent nearly 30 years with Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health.

“I am honored to serve on the Salem Health board of trustees,” said Jackson. “As a native Oregonian with deep roots and family in the region, I am vested in the health of its citizens. I look forward to supporting Salem Health’s mission through work on the board of trustees.”

After leadership roles at Providence Health Plan, Jackson moved into medical group management. He served as chief operating officer, vice president of physician services and, finally, chief integration and transformation officer for the California region while at Providence Medical Group. Jackson served as president and CEO of Oregon’s Health CO-OP before moving to his current role at Sutter. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Harrison and Mr. Jackson are expected to bring a multitude of skills and expertise to the Salem Health board of trustees. They are both expected to begin their tenure in October.

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 them at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” them on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow them on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view them at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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Salem Hospital
Health care system goes green (Photo) - 10/08/18

The Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management announced that Salem Hospital was the largest contributor to reducing electricity use in the local cohort program in 2017. This comes as no surprise. For the past few years, Salem Hospital has been working hard to reduce cost — and its carbon footprint.

“At Salem Health, we care about our patients and the environment they live in,” said Bahaa Wanly, Salem Health chief operating officer. “I’m proud of our staff — especially front-line staff — for the hard work they do every day to make our organization operate more efficiently.”

Salem Hospital partners with SEM on opportunities to continually examine the health system’s operations and invest in technologies and practices that reduce operating costs, improve facility performance and protect the environment. In 2017, alone, Salem Hospital avoided 6.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing renewable wind energy.

Salem Hospital has benefitted from Energy Trust of Oregon incentives designed to encourage organizations to address their energy use. Salem Hospital’s purpose for working with SEM is to make energy management an important part of institutional policies, procedures and decisions.

“Focusing resources on the way we use energy produces positive outcomes for our patients and the community,” said Melissa Bradley, facilities operations director. “Not only are we reducing our environmental footprint, we’re continuing to show financial savings.”

Numerous studies show reducing operational costs goes hand-in-hand with going green and cutting energy usage. Beginning in 2016, Salem Hospital began looking at ways it could reduce its environmental footprint and costs. A sample of the resulting projects include:

  • Purchasing electricity generated through renewable wind energy
  • Upgrading exterior LED lighting
  • Upgrading direct digital controls to adjust the air temperature based on schedules, set points and alarms. 
  • Auditing existing systems to optimize and reduce energy use
  • Providing deeper operations and management staff training to empower all staff to seek ways to improve efficiencies
  • Fine tuning of building automation systems by front-line staff
  • Reducing steam system pressure in order to save energy
  • Implementing a hot water temperature reset strategy to help reduce energy by heating to only what is needed.
  • Studying technology for a direct digital control upgrade
  • Relocating the outside air sensor to improve reliability of temperature used for controlling major HVAC equipment
  • Implementing a discharge air temperature reset strategy
  • Upgrading the exterior building seals to prevent heating and cooling to leak from the buildings
  • Installing block heaters on two generators to help reduce wear, energy use and emissions
  • Raising temperature cooling for IT closets from 65° to 70° campus-wide
  • Developing an energy team and energy management assessment and action plan

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 them at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” them on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow them on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view them at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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Salem Health named Top Workplace in Oregon for third year in a row (Photo) - 10/01/18

The Oregonian has once again named Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics a Top Workplace in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This is the third year in a row the health care system has earned this honor.

Becoming a place people consider a top workplace doesn’t happen on its own. It’s the product of hard work and many years of focused effort. Salem Health intentionally works to build a unique workplace culture that attracts diverse, caring and talented people. This culture embraces transparency and empowers employees to drive workplace improvement on a daily basis.

Many organizations solve problems at a management level, forcing change downward. Salem Health believes it is those on the front line doing the work and caring for patients who are best positioned to drive continuous improvement.

Every voice matters at Salem Health, so the entire organization uses the tools of Lean management to encourage every employee to submit ideas and solve problems. The end result is a constantly improving process that benefits patients and employees.

“We work hard to be an organization that listens,” said Laurie Barr, Salem Health chief human resources officer. “Our staff know their voices are heard and that they are supported in driving changes to reduce costs or enhance patient care. This type of trust is empowering and we’re proud of the culture of listening we’ve built.”

Salem Health’s culture relies on trustworthy leaders and dependable co-workers. Every employee has meaningful work to do, contributing a piece to the compassionate care provided to patients. These ingredients help create an exciting and satisfying workplace. 

The culture at Salem Health is bolstered by competitive pay and benefits, investments in continuing education and pride that comes from delivering award-winning care.

Salem Health is the premier health care provider for Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Made up of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other clinics and services — it has provided pioneering medicine since 1896. It is also Salem's largest private employer, with more than 4,500 employees. There are more than 700 practitioners on the active medical staff, representing 46 different specialties. In addition, more than 400 people provide non-medical support as hospital volunteers. 

Salem Health is a community-based, not-for-profit institution. The board of trustees comprises 15 volunteers who share a common belief: To heal the sick and injured — not to answer to stockholders. Salem Hospital is one of the largest of Oregon's acute care hospitals, licensed for 454 acute-care beds and operating the busiest emergency department in the state.

For more information, including career opportunities, visit salemhealth.org.

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. "Like” them on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow them on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view them at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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