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Accreditation update: Moving to high reliability

Facility accreditation through The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ensures that we’re following the highest standards for patient care. Failing to meet these standards not only affects reimbursement to providers and our facilities, it falls short of the expectations that we place on ourselves at Providence. 

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2013 Culture of Safety Survey: Your opinion needed

Your involvement helps us deliver the best and safest care to our patients. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, clinical services

Are our EMRs talking?

CMO Doug Koekkoek, M.D.: The value of health information exchanges

Are you taking the right precautions against bad bugs?

Preventing transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms not only keeps our patients safe, knowing the right precautions is required to keep our accreditation in good standing. – Martha Barstow, RN, director, Regional Infection Prevention and Accreditation

Better use of physicians' time will increase patient access

Mike Butler President, operations and services, Providence Health & Services June 19, 2014 As you know, we introduced 12 success measures that...

Central line infections decline, but vigilance is still vital

Patient safety remains the top concern, yet these life-threatening infections carry other costs as well. Are you following best practices? – Martha Barstow, director, Regional Infection Prevention

Clinical alarms can be a nuisance… and a lifesaver

Karyn Temte Lloyd, RN, BSN, CPHQ Quality management coordinator July 16, 2014 In a heart-wrenching TED Talks video, a young mother describes how...

Clinical publications

Learn clinical best practices and the latest advances in techniques, treatments, technology and research. Newsletter articles are reviewed by physician editorial boards and are written by Providence specialists in brain, spine, cancer, orthopedics, and heart and vascular medicine.

CMS updates admissions rules, but compliance still required

A recent time extension applies only to a portion of the new policies, which include the controversial “two-midnight” rule. – Bradley Bryan, M.D., medical director, Regional Utilization Management

Upcoming continuing medical education opportunities for Jan. 2015

Update in Outpatient Medicine (PPMC) 8-9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7: Robert Gluckman, M.D., FACP, chief medical officer, Providence Health Plan,...

Epic privacy: Inappropriate access will be monitored

A new tool monitors employees access to patients' protected health information – and violations carry a price.

Epic quick tip: Flag function alerts you to new results

Brent Kimberly, D.O. Informatics Operations Council co-chair Providence St. Vincent Medical Center July 16, 2014 Adding the "new result flag" to...

Epic to get an upgrade; optimization back in focus

A software update is planned for early next year while optimization begins for ambulatory, impatient and programs. – Todd Guenzburger, M.D., chief medical information officer, Oregon Region

Guest column: The errors nobody talks about

Providers work hard to prevent medication mistakes, wrong-site surgeries and sentinel events. But there’s another type of medical error that’s even more common – and harder to avoid. – Steven D. Freer, M.D., FACP, medical director, hospital quality and patient safety, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Guest column: "Why won't my patient comply?"

Ryan Dix, Psy.D. Licensed psychologist, integrated behavioral health provider Providence Medical Group June is a 51-year-old professional with Type...

Health reform

The latest on Oregon legislation, federal health reform, ICD-10 and more.

How we’re redefining clinical peer review

A medical staff leadership retreat lays the groundwork for a new philosophy in Providence’s peer review. – Sharon Kimball, RN, clinical project manager, Quality Management and Medical Staff Services

ICD-10 education and resources for Oregon providers

Here are some of the ways the ICD-10 project will be supporting providers in the transition to ICD-10 coding: 

In Practice: Andrew Rontal, M.D.

Providence profiles Andrew Rontal, M.D., a neurologist who recently joined Providence Neurological Specialties-East. 

In Practice: Dementia guidebook cares for the family caregiver

How a casual conversation led Marian O. Hodges, M.D., MPH, and a former patient's daughter to collaborate on a handbook for the family caregivers of people with dementia.

In Practice: Elizabeth Stephens, M.D.

Motherhood, music and the personal reason she specializes in diabetes.

In Practice: “He put me back together many times”

Family medicine physician Kristin LeGrand, D.O., helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship, but it was the team physician who changed her future.

In Practice: Implanting Oregon’s first subcutaneous defibrillator

Cardiac electrophysiologist Scott C. Brancato, M.D., discusses the clinical benefits of this next-generation device, and what drew him from Harvard to Providence.

In Practice: John Durkan, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon John Durkan, M.D., looks back at the 1998 Olympics and what’s involved in being a physician to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team.

In Practice: Profiles of Providence physicians

Patients know them as doctors. Physicians know them as colleagues.Through our ongoing series, we see these Providence providers in another light.

In Practice: Robert O. Olsen, M.D.

The power of building rapport with patients

In Practice: Robert Wells, M.D.

Family physician Robert Wells, M.D., is on a mission: "We're privileged to take care of them."

In Practice: Rom Leidner, M.D.

After kayaking the Inside Passage and earning a medical degree in Tel Aviv, he's working to crack the codes on the toughest cancers.

In Practice: Shelley Schoepflin Sanders, M.D., FACP

The theology student turned M.D. helped bring a novel early warning system to Providence hospitals – an innovation already bearing results

In Practice: Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., FACS

The neurosurgeon once "more powerful than Cheney."

Key meaningful-use deadline may be extended

Although providers could have more time to comply with the second phase of the electronic health records incentive program, the 2014 start date still holds. –

William Olson, chief financial officer, Oregon Region

Medical director named to Portland’s newest NICU

Neonatologist Fred Baker, M.D., will head clinical services for the neonatal intensive care unit, which opens this summer at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Milestones: Preparing residents for medicine 2.0

A new evaluation system with instant feedback and competency-based scoring will help Providence's residency graduates navigate health care’s new landscape.

Miracle drugs in need of a miracle

Antibiotic overuse, poor infection prevention, inadequate data mining and a lack of new drugs have created a global crisis. With urgent intervention, we may be able to stop antibiotic resistance. – David N. Gilbert, M.D., infectious disease consultant, Providence Portland Medical Center

More carrot, less stick

Modern clinical peer review evolves for 21st century health care. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer and chief executive, clinical services, Oregon

Nearly a year old PICU is caring for the sickest kids

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's new pediatric intensive care unit has helped more than 68 critically ill children with conditions ranging from respiratory distress to seizure. – Marie Curley, RN-BC, nurse manager, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Need to calculate ASCVD risk? There's an app for that

Providence cardiologist Ty Gluckman, M.D., FACC, FAHA was a driving force behind a new mobile app that helps patients and providers estimate atherosclerotic risk and determine treatment under the revised lipid guidelines.

New role for Jamie Beckerman, M.D.

Jamie Beckerman, M.D., has been appointed as the medical director of the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute's Center for Prevention and Wellness.

New rules of conduct let the sunshine in

Wining, dining and gifting – oh no. Accepting favors from vendors always has been discouraged and often prohibited, but now these gifts will be posted online. See Providence’s updated rules of physician conduct.

New rules on surgical attire will increase patient safety

From covering all hair to bagging items brought from home, we can further prevent hospital-acquired infections. – Scott Foster, M.D., executive, Oregon Region Surgery Program

Not just a job – a calling

CMO Doug Koekkoek, M.D.: Amid the tumult of health reform, it helps to remember why we’re here.

Opening the curtain on our patient notes

Daniel Rosenberg, M.D. Physician champion, OpenNotes Providence Medical Group-Gateway July 16, 2014 Providence soon will participate in the...

Oregon ICD-10 on-site session schedule

All on-site sessions will be conducted by J.A. Thomas & Associates and will feature a combination of presentation and interactive Q&A.

Oregon Region Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released new guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol and to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular (ASCVD) risk.

Patient safety indicators need careful documentation

Vague language or omissions can inflate our complication rates even when the quality of our care is superior. – Alexandra Penney, RN, MPH, clinical project manager, Oregon Region Quality Management and Medical Staff Services

Patient safety is everyone's obligation

Several months ago, a colleague of mine underwent surgery in one of our hospitals. While the procedure itself went fine, her course was complicated by a surgical site infection. This resulted in months of missed work, two additional operations, extensive antibiotic use, and an incalculable amount of pain, fear and anxiety for her and her family. It's a terrible story of unnecessary suffering, and it's repeated thousands of times a year across the country. My friend's story ends well; she has recovered fully. Thousands annually are not so fortunate.

Patient satisfaction

Giving our patients the best care at the best time ... and giving them the best experience.

Persistent Pain, part 2

In the second of a two-part video series, Ruben Halperin, M.D., MPH, outlines the basic neurophysiology of pain.

PMG leadership transitions; new medical directors named

Doug Koekkoek, M.D., is named chief executive for Providence Medical Group and Ben LeBlanc, M.D., is the chief medical officer. The regional medicine program and Providence ElderPlace get directors while a surgery program executive departs.

Post-discharge phone calls bear results

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center saw patient-satisfaction scores climb after instituting follow-up phone calls.

PPMC patient dining goes from room service to scheduled meals

The change streamlines the meal-ordering process and improves communications with patients.

PPMC patient dining goes from room service to scheduled meals

The change streamlines the meal-ordering process and improves communications with patients.

Professional staff

Learn what's happening with your colleagues.

Providence delivers a new NICU in Portland

Aug. 20, 2014 Parents of premature infants now have expanded access to Providence’s nationally recognized care of tiny babies on...

Providence electronic security practices

Are you protecting your patients' privacy? Learn the rules and practices.

Providence inScope magazine, July 2013

A difficult diagnosis
Why memory loss, gait may not signal dementia.

Providence inScope magazine, March 2014

Early study shows promise for the OX40 antibody

Providence inScope magazine, May 2013

Advances in oral cancer reconstruction restore a woman's smile; plus, Schwartz Center Rounds: Where doctors come to heal.

Providence inScope magazine, November 2013

The new genes that breast cancer is wearing, and Jenny Conlee's hopeful recovery.

Providence leads in excellence once again

From Leapfrog's high safety marks to other awards, these honors tie directly to the care we give our patients. – Dave Underriner, chief executive, Oregon Region

Providence medical staff leaders

Meet your hospital's medical executive committee and other physician leaders for 2013.

Providence operational FAQs for flu season hospital restricted visitation policy

Operational questions about the restricted visitation policy: Q: Does this policy relate only to visitors coming to see inpatients or ED...

Regional palliative care services now unified

By consolidating our palliative care services into a single organizational structure, we can ease access to our services and provide consistency for our patients, whether they’re at home, in a clinic or in the hospital. – James Arp, chief executive, Home and Community Services, and Bill Sherer, executive, Medicine Program

Should disaster strike were all on call

Whether an act of nature or an act of terrorism, mass emergencies require hospitals to be prepared. Here's what Providence's Portland-area providers need to know. – Joe Gillespie, emergency management coordinator

Steve Freer, M.D., is our region’s new chief medical officer

Doug Koekkoek, M.D. Chief medical officer, Oregon Chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group Aug. 20, 2014 I’m...

Strategic priorities for Oregon

Providence Health & Services in Oregon has recently updated its three-year strategic plan.

Strategies: Beating back cancer, cell by cell

Providence spinout UbiVac is using immunotherapy to help cure cancer

Surgery program executive announced

Robert Quinton, MHA, is the new executive of surgery for Providence-Oregon.


Epic electronic health records, advances in telehealth and more.

That's not OK!

Should you date a patient? Earn a little on side from a vendor? Post patient pictures on Facebook? No, no and no. –Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group

The most powerful voice in the room

Doug Koekkoek, M.D. Chief medical officer, Oregon Chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group July 16, 2014 In the last issue...

Important update for caregivers who administer conscious, deep sedation

Moderate (conscious) sedation and deep sedation policies for Providence have been revised and must now be implemented.

When time is limited, a new model of hospice care

For patients nearing the end of life, rapid-response care approach eases the way of both patient and family. – Twilla Harrington, RN, clinical educator, Providence Home Services

Will mediation prevent medical liability lawsuits?

A new Oregon law aims to resolve malpractice complaints before they reach the courts. Here’s how it works. – Alexandra Penney, RN, MPH, clinical project manager, Quality Management and Medical Staff Services

With stage 2, Meaningful Use kicks up a notch

Discharged ED patients can now see their lab results in MyChart. Learn more about this and other details on the second stage of this electronic health records incentive program.

Wound care, hyperbaric program names medical director

Vascular specialist Alejandro Perez, M.D., will lead services at Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers.

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A note of gratitude to Providence Portland Medical Center physicians

I want to thank every one of you for how well and compassionately you serve our community – the people who come to us for care. The Leapfrog Group has named Providence Portland Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals for providing the highest level of safe and quality care.

Acute care transformation: Redesigning 7W

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's general medicine floor has become an Accountable Care Unit with patient-centered teams, daily structured rounds, shared decision-making and shared ownership for outcomes. How's it working so far? – Shelley Sanders. M.D., Laura Loertscher, M.D., 7W ACU co-medical directors; Collette Sajko, RN, nurse manager

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

Anesthesia perioperative quality medical director named

Eric Blake Director, Oregon Regional Surgery Program Shaghayegh Aliabadi-Wahle, M.D. Medical director Aug. 20, 2014 We are excited to announce that...

Bad bug, no drugs. What is CRE?

Bloodstream infections from this deadly "human gut bacteria" may still be rare in Oregon, but their resistance to antibiotics should put us all on alert. – Ronald Dworkin, M.D., medical director, Providence Infectious Disease Consultants-East

Care packages a new approach to common conditions

From total joint replacement, to pregnancy care and coronary artery bypass graft, the Oregon Region is exploring a new way for providers to collaborate on evidence-based models of care. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Clinical improvement starts with a plan

Providence has earned national recognition for excellence in part because we’re focused on reducing unnecessary readmissions, improving safety and giving our patients the best experience. See what the 2014 Clinical Performance Improvement Plan has in store for this year. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services, and chief medical officer

Closing the gap on zero preventable readmissions

Nationally, readmission rates continue to hover in the 9- to 10-percent ranges for health systems similar to ours in Oregon. How are we doing? – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Counting down to 2014

Oregon’s Medicaid expansion begins in January, immediately bringing 40,000 new members who were on the waiting list for the Oregon Health Plan. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Cultural competence: moving beyond sentiment

Patient satisfaction. Joint Commission standards. Medical board accreditations. What do these have to do with providing culturally competent care? Everything. – James Mason, Ph.D., executive director, culturally competent caregiving, Oregon Region

Ebola Preparedness

With the heightened need for screening for the Ebola virus and MERS, Providence is taking a coordinated, system-level approach to ensure vigilance in our identification of patients at risk.

Educator John Heffner, M.D., to retire in June

The popular Garnjobst Chair of Graduate Medical Education leaves a legacy of innovation and a generation of new medical leaders. A national search is on for his replacement.

Epic is a powerful tool, but beware its hidden hazards

As a recent sentinel event uncovered, careless use of automation or habits of convenience have the potential for a disastrous outcome. – Steven D. Freer, M.D., FACP, Isidor Brill Chair, PSVMC Department of Medicine

From Medford to Portland, stories of compassionate care

It’s easy to become distracted and overburdened by our daily responsibilities, but sometimes it takes a vulnerable patient or a distraught family member to remind us of the power of compassion. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Gil Rodriguez, M.D., to retire from PMG

After more than three years of leadership at Providence Medical Group PMG’s chief medical officer for specialists will retire later this summer. – Joe Siemienczuk, M.D., chief executive, Providence Medical Group

Hospital at home (or the next best thing)

For patients who need care, but not necessarily hospitalization, Providence Portland Medical Center is testing an alternative. The Hospital at Home pilot redirects eligible patients to a skilled nursing facility or to home care. – Carolyn Sites, D.O., senior medical director, Providence Hospitalist Programs

Hospital Transformation Performance Program update: New quality incentives for Oregon’s diagnosis-related group hospitals

In 2013, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2216, authorizing the Oregon Health Authority to initiate the Hospital Transformation Performance Program.

Hospitals earn joint replacement certification

Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers have earned The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for hip and knee replacement.

How many new codes? Welcome to ICD-10

On Oct. 1, 2014, the number of diagnoses and procedure codes needed for documentation and billing will increase tenfold. Here's how Providence is preparing. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

How to make the best of meaningful use

Aug. 20, 2014 On July 1, most eligible hospital and clinic providers began the reporting period for meaningful use, which measures how well we...

In Practice: Steven Seung, M.D., Ph.D.

Years before radiation oncologist Steven Seung, M.D., Ph.D., perfected high-precision Gamma Knife surgery, he had a novel wartime gig.

In Practice: The art of engaged medicine

David Schroeder, M.D., cardiologist Practicing the art of mindful medicine Distinction Co-founded Mindful Medicine, a nonprofit to help...

Inpatient, outpatient or observe?

This emergency department tip sheet will help decision making for a host of presenting conditions, including chest pain, synocope, asthma, pelvic fracture, COPD, dementia and others. – Bradley Bryan, M.D., medical director, Regional Utilization Management

Is your practice ready for cost transparency?

Comparison shopping is coming to health care – and it may affect your practice and patient volumes more than you think. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

It’s October – have you had your flu shot yet?

True or false? A: The flu vaccine can cause influenza. B: There is no link between flu vaccinations for hospital staffs and improved patient outcomes.

Leadership transitions and opportunities

From clinical programs to pharmacy, Chief Executive Dave Underriner outlines new roles across the Oregon Region.

Legislative update: The bills that could change your practice

From credentialing to student-loan repayment, the Oregon Legislature weighs a host of health care bills. – Michael S. Becker, director, regional advocacy and government affairs

Looking ahead to the future of Providence

In August of this year, I began my new role as the chief medical officer for Providence Health & Services-Oregon. I have been both humbled and energized by the many words of encouragement and support I have received from across the region as I begin this exciting opportunity to influence the safety and reliability of the care we provide to patients.

Measuring quality beyond the hospital

Pay-for-performance measures for coordinated care organizations require a broader perspective – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Medical director named for regional behavioral health operations

Krista Farnam Chief operating officer, Providence Portland Medical Center Aug. 20, 2014 I wanted to share that Paul Giger, M.D., will serve as...

Medical home model takes adjustment, brings gains

From seating to workflows to clinical roles, Providence Medical Group's primary care clinics are adopting a new patient-centered approach to care. – Kerry Bonin, MPH, CHES, program manager, primary care redesign, PMG

Medical staff alert: New CMS admission rules

New documentation is required for inpatient orders, diagnosis, post-hospital planning and the "two-midnight rule." – Bradley Bryan, M.D., medical director, Regional Utilization Management

New Epic reports make care transitions easier

New reports containing important patient care information from Epic are now attached to existing notifications to primary care providers.

New medical staff leaders take the reins

These elected positions are critically important to our professional obligation to self-govern and manage a host of responsibilities. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services, and chief medical officer

Now there are eight: Medford employs Providence hospitalists

Providence Medford Medical Center transitions from contracted hospitalists to those employed by Providence Medical Group. – Carolyn Sites, D.O., senior medical director, Providence Hospitalist Programs

On safety, Providence scores highest

The latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores are out, and I am pleased to share that Providence received more “A” grades than any other health system in our area. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services, and chief medical officer

Optimizing Epic to work for you and your patients

Now that our new electronic health records system is operating at all Oregon hospitals, we're embarking on a new phase of work. We're making our technology systems work for us rather than us working for our technology. – Todd Guenzburger, M.D., chief medical information officer, Oregon Region

Home services pharmacy is model for The Joint Commission

Feb. 19, 2014 The Joint Commission's accreditation process is rigorous, so it's quite the honor when the commission asks to study your policies and...

Patient experience: Your flight is now boarding

We're improving patient care and our HCAHPS scores are rising – but are all our physicians on board? – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services, and chief medical officer

Physician leaders named in Newberg, Portland and Medford

George Weghorst, M.D. is retiring as chief medical officer for Providence Newberg Medical Center after successfully guilding the facility over the past 10 years. Providence names his successor and new quality, safety medical directors elsewhere. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Preventing surgical site infection

Each year The Joint Commission requires Providence Health & Services to educate our licensed independent practitioners involved in surgical procedures about surgical site infections and the importance of prevention as part of their National Patient Safety Goals.

Program will allow surgeons to sharpen, showcase their skills

With simulators and a specially outfitted OR, Providence Portland Medical Center will expand its training for laparoscopic, robotic-assisted and endoscopy procedures. – Scott Foster, M.D., executive, Providence Regional Surgery Program, and Shaghayegh Aliabadi-Whale, M.D., regional director of surgery

Providence begins its acute-care transformation

The first phase of an innovative team-based model rolls out at PSVMC this month, changing how we care for patients both in and out of the hospital. – Judith Tatman, RN, BSN, MS, chief nursing officer, Oregon Region

Providence executive teams restructured

Rod Hochman, M.D., Providence president and CEO, and Mike Butler, president of operations and services, announce new positions and reporting changes.

Providence implements revised influenza control policy

The influenza season is upon us, and Providence Health & Services-Oregon is implementing a revised influenza control policy.

Providence makes gains in curbing antibiotic overuse

Last year, a new antimicrobial stewardship program was rolled out at all eight Oregon hospitals. The goals: to prevent infection and stop the unnecessary use of antimicrobial agents. Here’s how we compare. – Steve Stoner, Pharm.D., BCPS, regional director of Clinical Pharmacy Services

Providence medical specialty programs realign

Employed specialists in cancer, brain, heart and women's and children's health have moved from Providence Medical Group into their larger program counterparts, a shift designed to better integrate specialty services.

Providence Portland's Epic go-live the smoothest yet

PPMC had the highest number of providers who attended a provider optimization workshop, the highest percentage of electronic orders at this stage and the lowest number of trouble tickets compared to similar sized hospitals. – Michael Phillips, M.D., and Steve Bunnage, M.D., physician champions

Providence Portland to open a NICU by summer 2014

As a natural extension of the maternity care we currently provide, Providence Portland Medical Center will open a level III neonatal intensive care unit to care for the area's most fragile newborns. – John McDonald, M.D., medical director, Providence Women’s and Children’s Program

Providence welcomes new quality directors

We’re pleased to announce that Charis Yoder will lead quality and medical staff services at Providence Newberg and Seaside hospitals; Jessica Bailey-Oetker at Milwaukie and Willamette Falls; and Dian Farber at Providence Medford.

Providence’s participation in NSQIP results in successful patient outcomes

Providence has been recognized for saving more lives, better long-term outcomes, better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards, shorter hospital stays, higher patient-satisfaction scores and fewer patient complications.

PSVMC devotes unit to neurocritical care

The 12-bed unit treats patients with serious or life-threatening neurological conditions.

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

PSVMC to open pediatric intensive care unit

Beginning April 29, the PICU will allow Providence to care for the community’s most critically ill children. – John V. McDonald, medical director, Regional Women and Children's Program

Purposeful hourly rounding: How Providence CARES

As 7W develops its Accountable Care Unit, the rest of the hospital is also undergoing changes in care practices. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to launch a new nursing program that enhances the way we check on our patients. – Bonnie Thompson, RN, project lead and chief operating/nursing officer, Providence Seaside Hospital

Quality, safety

We're working together to provide improve the health of our patients and our communities while providing the best experience at an affordable cost.

REACH course helps providers reconnect with empathy

In March, the REACH program offers an opportunity for all staff working in health care to interact with each other while learning about the healing power of the human spirit.

Realigning, consolidating our leadership

As I near the end of my first 100 days as Oregon chief executive, I want to give you an update on where we are with our strategic priorities and also let you know about some changes on our leadership team. – Dave Underriner, chief executive, Oregon Region

Region misses HCAHPS target, but gains momentum

Last year's HCAHPS inpatient scores have been tallied. Although only three hospitals surpassed the year's target score of 72.6 percent, almost every Oregon hospital showed great improvement.

Retrospective: Greg Van Pelt's 38-year career

He began as an administrative fellow and rose through the ranks to become chief executive of Providence in Oregon. Throughout, he helped build a medical group, greeted Luciano Pavarotti, was "jailed" for a fundraiser, helped provide a safety net for the poor and vulnerable, and guided the organization through dramatic change. Download this special farewell section from Providence Spirit.

Rural track residency program moves forward

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will begin a rural-track medical residency program in the Columbia Gorge.

Seven physicians attend conference on clinician vitality and well-being

On Oct. 11, seven physicians from Providence Health & Services ministries across Oregon attended “Thriving in an Era of Change: Promoting Clinician Vitality and Well-Being,” a conference held in Washington and hosted by The Foundation for Medical Excellence.

Skilled nursing partnership shrinks readmissions

A novel partnership between Providence Medical Group and selected skilled nursing facilities is easing the way for patients transitioning out of acute care. Learn how this team-based care model works. – Mahnaz Ahmad, M.D., medical director, Providence Geriatric and Long-Term Care Team

STEMI risk increasing in younger women

A recent presentation at EuroPCR shed light on what appears to be a growing problem of STEMI in women, and particularly younger women. – Interventional cardiologist Christopher Cannon, M.D., FACC, FSCAI

Survival improves for colon cancer liver metastases

Progression to stage IV colorectal cancer was once a dismal prognosis, but advances in therapies and surgical techniques have changed the odds. – Ronald F. Wolf, M.D., surgical oncologist

The worst part of the best job

Sentinel events, safety lapses or malpractice claims haunt clinicians. But errors can be avoided with diligence and a strong culture of safety. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region 

Tightening the rules on isolation precautions

Ronald Dworkin, M.D. Medical director, Regional Infection Prevention Program Aug. 20, 2014 To keep our patients safe and to comply with federal...

“Time passed with no relief”

When a patient’s pain is poorly managed, the patient isn’t the only one to suffer: A close-up look at a wrenching hospital experience. – Karyn Temte Lloyd RN, BSN, Quality Management Coordinator

Transitions of Care: What do I need to do?

The meaningful use measure for Transitions of Care has proven to be one of the more difficult to meet across the nation. The movement of a patient from one setting of care to another happens frequently in our hospitals. So what can we do to make sure we are meeting this measure?

What do your patients know about fluoridation?

Portland is the only major U.S. city that doesn’t add fluoride to its water supply. Yet despite the public health benefits, misinformation about fluoridation persists. – Molly Melbye, D.D.S., University of Washington School of Dentistry, and Priscilla Lewis, RN, executive director, Providence Community Services and Development

What lies ahead for OHNC treatment

From validating biomarkers to exploring tumor-derived vaccines, research is exploring the therapies of the future for oral, head and neck cancers. – R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S., FACS, surgeon

What Providence's care (r)evolution means for providers

We're moving from treating the sick to improving the health of whole communities; from pay-for-service to pay-for-performance; from a collection of hospitals and clinics to a truly integrated network. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services

Whole genome sequencing: Personalized medicine’s next step

We’re transitioning from single gene mutation testing to mapping and decoding whole genomes – a leap forward in treatment planning. – Carlo Bifulco, M.D, pathologist

Will a dissolving stent solve the problem of restenosis?

The ABSORB III trial is testing a bioresorbable scaffold that may become the next generation of vascular stents. – Ethan C. Korngold, M.D., medical director, cardiovascular research

Recommended Resource

A primer on the new lipid guidelines

In November, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines that will change decades-old treatment practices. 

CARES Rounding

Purposeful, hourly rounding helps give our inpatients the best care.

Caring Behaviors

We should take these five caring steps to create a welcoming environment and a consistent, positive experience for everyone served by Providence.

Continuing medical education

Providence's Department of Continuing Medical Education provides physicians in our geographical region stimulating, balanced, objective and evidence-based educational programs.

Electronic cigarettes policy

Physicians should advise patients that e-cigarettes are prohibited under Providence tobacco policy.


New apps give physicians secure and portable access to the Epic EHR when they are away from a computer – whether on the road or simply in the hallways of the hospital.

P&T update: Diabetes, migraine, multiple sclerosis drugs

Oregon's pharmacy and therapeutics committee reviews triptans for treating migraine and issues a recommendation for a new dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor for managing diabetes.

P&T update: Treating opioid-induced constipation

Methylnaltrexone has been added to Providence’s drug formulary to treat opioid-induced constipation when laxative therapy has failed. Learn more about methylnaltrexone and other recent decisions of the Oregon Region Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Providence medical staff leaders

Meet your hospital's medical executive committee and other physician leaders for 2014.

Providence medical staff leadership

The medical staffs of Providence's eight Oregon hospitals are led by an elected medical executive committees. Learn who's who for your hospital.

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UM tip sheet: Urology

Decision making for common urologic procedures including, cystoscopy, TURP, prostatectomy and others – Bradley Bryan, M.D., medical director, Regional Utilization Management

With the delay, the ICD-10 sprint becomes a marathon

We've been given a reprieve on the federal deadline to comply with ICD-10, but we can't afford to lose momentum. We're moving forward at a kinder, gentler pace. Here's what it means for you.