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Providence delivers a new NICU in Portland
The opening of the neonatal intensive care unit expands maternal care to Providence Portland Medical Center. The hospital now provides 24/7 coverage by neonatal nurse practitioners, experienced NICU nurses and OB hospitalists.

Steve Freer, M.D., is our region's new chief medical officer
Dr. Freer brings broad clinical expertise, a commitment to quality and a passion for teaching the next generation of physicians. Please join me in welcoming him. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group

Tightening the rules on isolation precautions
When caring for patients with multidrug-resistant organisms, contact precautions call for both gowns and gloves. – Ronald Dworkin, M.D., medical director, Regional Infection Prevention Program

How to make the best of meaningful use
Hospitals following these six tips can improve patient care – and help the Oregon Region qualify for federal financial incentives.

In Practice: The art of engaged medicine
Diagnosed with a troubling medical condition, cardiologist David Schroeder, M.D., discovered that "mindful medicine" could ease his stress – and help him become a better doctor.

All nods are not equal
Test yourself: If a patient nods when you're explaining a treatment, does that mean he understands? Why each of us needs to become culturally competent. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group

PSVMC names new chief nursing officer
Jennifer Burrows, RN, BN, BSc, MBA, joins our team as chief nursing officer at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. – Janice Burger, chief executive, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Medical director named for regional behavioral health operations
Psychiatrist Paul Giger, M.D., will serve as regional medical director for behavioral health operations in the Oregon Region. – Krista Farnam, chief operating officer, Providence Portland Medical Center

Anesthesia, preoperative quality medical director named
Brian Chesebro, M.D., anesthesiologist at Providence Portland Medical Center and director of clinical quality for all Oregon Anesthesiology Group sites, will serve as regional medical director, anesthesia and perioperative quality, for Providence in Oregon. – Eric Blake and Shaghayegh Aliabadi-Wahle, M.D., Oregon Regional Surgery Program

Cancer treatment's secret weapon

This month's Providence inScope examines a powerful radiation treatment delivered during surgery. Radiation oncologists Christine Cha, M.D., and Matthew Solhjem, M.D., explain.

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