current-spirit by zhangyun


									April 13, 2011
Portland Service Area


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  PHP Charity Auction goes wild west                                    Providence cancer drug trial
                                                                        wins FDA approval
                                                                           An international study led by a team from Providence
                                                                        Cancer Center has resulted in approval by the Food and Drug
                                                                        Administration of a new drug. Ipilimumab is the first drug
                                                                        shown to extend survival in patients with late-stage melanoma.
                                                                           The trials that led to the drug’s approval began in 2004
                                                                        and took place at 125 centers in 13 countries. The study’s
                                                                        principal investigator was Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.,
                                                                        director of cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer
                                                                        Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
                                                                        at Providence Cancer Center. Results of the study were
                                                                        published last year in the New
                                                                        England Journal of Medicine.
   e classic TV western “Gunsmoke” was the skit for this year’s            The drug is a form of
 Providence Health Plan Charity Auction. Pictured are Alison            immunotherapy that works by a
 “Miss Kitty” Schrupp, PHP chief service officer, and Doug                different mechanism than other cancer
 “Marshall Matt” Dillon, director of Medicare and individual sales.     drugs. It is a human monoclonal
 With PHP doubling the sum raised by employees at the auction,          antibody that activates a patient’s own
 some $75,000 will go to e Dougy Center for grieving children           immune T cells to kill cancer cells.
 and families and Camp Starlight of the Cascade AIDS Project.
                                                                           In clinical trials, the drug appeared
                                                                        to double survival. After two years,
Celebrating our volunteers                                              24 percent of patients treated with ipilimumab were alive,
   Providence volunteers donate their time, offer their skills and      while survival dropped to 14 percent among patients given
devote themselves to the benefit of our patients. Hardly anyone         a standard treatment. Providence Cancer Center was the
passes through Providence without being helped in some way              only site in Oregon that provided the drug to patients under
by their acts of kindness. Volunteers                                   “compassionate use” rules set by the FDA. The drug now will
also ease the way for patients, as          National                    become more widely available.
                                                                           Melanoma is a particularly deadly form of skin cancer that
well as visitors, employees and
physicians, by their generous        Health Care                        results in more than 60,000 new U.S. cases every year and
gifts and fundraising activities.   Volunteer Week                      about 8,500 deaths. Cases that are found early can be cured
                                                                        with surgery, but most patients who are diagnosed after
   “Volunteers embody a spirit          April 10-16 2011                melanoma has spread to other organs die within a year.
of energy and inspiration at
Providence,” says Tricia Sullivan, regional director of volunteer          “This is the first new drug for melanoma in 13 years,
services. “It’s an important way to engage in our community.            and it will make a big difference for patients who until now
Their involvement serves a vital role.”                                 faced limited treatment options,” says Dr. Urba. He believes
   Please take time during National Health Care Volunteer Week,         ipilimumab also will be effective against other cancers, and
and every week, to say “thank you” to the volunteers in your            Providence Cancer Center currently is testing the drug’s
facility who do so much to give our patients a more connected           effectiveness against prostate cancer.
experience of care.                                                        Please see page 5 for a story about a patient using ipilimumab.

  Carol Pelling
               People                            Up close and personal with Portland-area employees and volunteers

                                                       away for a moment. For family members                How do you conduct your market
  Gift shop manager, Providence Portland               and patients, the gift shop is a touch of            research?
                                                       normalcy in the middle of the hospital
  Medical Center                                                                                               We don’t really do market research, we
                                                       world, where they can forget where
  Few have been at Providence Portland as long as                                                           just see what sells. The money all goes to
                                                       they are.
  Carol Pelling, who began working part-time on                                                             the foundation, so we have to be good
                                                         One day I was walking down a hallway
  the PPMC switchboard as a high school student in                                                          at stewardship.
                                                       on the way to the gift shop when I passed               About 70 percent of our sales are to
  1967. Manager of the gift shop since 2005, Carol
  supervises 40 volunteers, half of them high school   a patient coming from the rehab unit. She            employees, so that’s who we cater to most.
  students and the rest adults who are mostly                                                                      We track what people ask for, but
  retirees. Carol has a great knack for attracting                                                                 often when we stock a requested item
  and keeping loyal volunteers, and she’s more                                                                     it doesn’t sell well. This spring we
  than happy to share her secrets.
                                                                                                                   sold a lot of umbrellas. Who knew
  What was your path to                                                                                            everyone didn’t already have one?
  Providence?                                                                                                      Aren’t you also a volunteer
    It was my mother who told me                                                                                   yourself?
  about a PBX operator job when I                                                                                         I started as a parent helper a
  was in high school. She was working                                                                                  half day a week at my children’s
  in housekeeping, and I needed a                                                                                      elementary school when my oldest
  part-time job. I kept working there                                                                                  entered kindergarten. I followed
  part time when I went to college,                                                                                    them along in whatever classroom
  where I studied early childhood                                                                                      they were in until they went on to
  education. Later I found out that I                                                                                  middle school. After that, I stayed
  could make more money working at             Showing off the line of gift shop umbrellas are, left to right, Carol    in the same teacher’s third grade
  the hospital than I could as a teacher,      Pelling, manager, and volunteers Gary Gattucio and Pat France.
                                                                                                                       classroom because she was such a
  so I just stayed on.                                                                                                 good teacher and there was a need for
                                                       was with her physical therapist, struggling              a helper. Many of the kids were still learning
  How does the gift shop fit into                       to walk. I asked her how she was doing                   to read, and there were new Hispanic and
  the Providence Mission and                           and she said, “I’m not having a good day.”               Somali kids struggling with English.
  core values?                                         I just told her that I bet in a week she’d be               But I also volunteer so I can better
    We respect every single person who                 running down that hallway. Well, a week                  understand what my volunteers need.
  comes into the gift shop, and try to help            later, she came into the gift shop and had               I want to be good to them, because we
  them with whatever they need. We’re here             made such a miraculous improvement –                     couldn’t operate without them. And it’s
  to give people a little break from the trials        just moving with ease. “That was the low                 harder than ever to find adults who don’t
  of their day, whether they’re visitors, doctors      point of my recovery,” she said. “I want to              want to – or have to – work. I thank
  or employees. For the staff, they come in            thank you for your encouragement.”                       our volunteers every day, not just during
  for a candy bar “pick-me-up” and to just get            Yes, we’re all part of the Mission here.              Volunteer Week.

  Priscilla Louis named POP employee of the month
                                     Priscilla Louis, home services billing specialist,           • Priscilla keeps up her knowledge of Medicare to
                                   has been named employee of the month at                     answer any questions.
                                   Providence Office Park.                                        • She always has a positive attitude, and her
                                     Her manager, David Hester, says, “Priscilla’s             communication is great.
                                   contributions to her team have been tremendous,                • Priscilla knows her job well. If she doesn’t have
                                   and her ‘get it done’ attitude shows.”                      the answer, she will find it.
                                     This is what Priscilla’s co-workers had to say:              • She demonstrates compassion and
                                     • Priscilla is very knowledgeable, big-hearted and        stewardship every day.
                                   a down-to-earth person.                                        • Priscilla is a great human being, and valuable
                                     • She does her job quietly, and respects everyone.        beyond words.

2 Providence Spirit • 4.13.11
Innovative projects funded                                                  PMG chief medical officer named
   Two of the eight accelerating clinical transformation projects                                          Ben LeBlanc, M.D., has been named
recently awarded grant funding by Providence Health & Services                                          chief medical officer for Providence
are in the Oregon Region.                                                                               Medical Group. Dr. LeBlanc will be
   This year, the PH&S ACT team received a record 34 innovative                                         responsible for all primary care physicians
project proposals that spanned care settings across the entire system.                                  and hospitalists in Oregon and Southwest
A systemwide interdisciplinary review team submitted its choices to                                     Washington. He also will work closely
the Quality Council clinical leadership team for review, with final                                     with our community-based specialists in
selections made by the PH&S Executive Council.                                                          the Southern Oregon, Columbia Gorge
   Providence Seaside Hospital will implement the Electronic                                            and North Coast service areas.
Intensive Care Unit in collaboration with Providence Alaska                                                “With 11 years as a Providence
Medical Center. Critically ill Seaside patients will be monitored           physician, Ben’s experience and leadership will help to further our
remotely by the intensive care team in Anchorage.                           Mission and our vision of care that is patient-centered, clinically
   Project team members and sponsors include Wendy Ackley,                  excellent and affordable,” says Joseph Siemienczuk, M.D., chief
Pam Hayes, Janine Forrest, Andrea Keilich, Jim Edwards, M.D.,               executive, Providence Medical Group.
Shun Soller, R.N., Ally James, R.N., Stephen Knippa, R.N.,                    Most recently, Dr. LeBlanc served as PMG regional medical
Javid Kamali, M.D., Jackie Mossakowski, R.N., Charles Perkins,              director for west side clinics and medical director of informatics.
Cecilee Ruesch, Dave Underriner and Krista Farnham.
   The ACT I-Tracker project for the Oregon Region seeks to                 Clinic opens in Battle Ground
decrease practice variation in performing root cause analyses and
                                                                               Mountain View Medical Urgent Care is now Providence Medical
to standardize the definitions of terms used to describe incidents.
                                                                            Group-Battle Ground. The two physicians at the clinic, Elizabeth
It will provide a means to standardize reporting of adverse events
                                                                            Lee, M.D. and Kathleen McCormick, M.D., will continue as care
and to learn from them.
                                                                            providers, and this summer will add primary care services.
   Project team members and sponsors include John Heffner, M.D.,
                                                                               “Providence has a proven commitment to serving small
Scott Marsal, M.D., Doug Koekkoek, M.D., Glenn
                                                                            communities and improving health care,” says Dr. Lee. “We’ve
Rodriguez, M.D., Michelle Graham, Megan Robertson, Stephen
                                                                            wanted to expand our practice for some time now, and joining
Stoner, Pharm. D., Theresa Lorenz, Ivy Holt, R.N., Judy
                                                                            Providence will allow us to do that.” The merger also provides area
Stenstrom, Salomeja Garolis, R.N., MS., Mary Waldo, R.N., Ph.D.,
                                                                            residents with access to Providence’s extensive network of hospital
Fr. Bruce Cwiekowski, Michael Friend and Julie Morse.
                                                                            services and specialty care physicians.
                                                                               “This partnership improves our ability to deliver additional
  Health care leaders of tomorrow                                           services to Clark County-area residents,” says Tricia Roscoe,
                                                                            Southwest Washington Service Area chief executive. “Dr. Lee
                                                                            and Dr. McCormick have built a strong connection with the
                                                                            community, and Providence is proud to be able to help that
                                                                            relationship continue to grow.”
                                                                               The clinic, at 101 NW 12th Ave., Suite 107, Battle Ground,
                                                                            serves walk-in patients from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through
                                                                            Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday. The new phone number
                                                                            is 360-687-6650.
                                                                               The clinic joins other Providence services in Southwest
                                                                            Washington, including PMG-Mill Plain and the Providence home
                                                                            medical equipment retail store. PMG also will open a clinic this
                                                                            August in Camas.

                                                                            Drug turn-in day coming
 Many Providence Wee Care students have parents who work at
 Providence. To show what they do all day, parents sometimes invite            Providence Milwaukie Hospital and Providence Willamette
 students to their work areas. Kathryne Rouse from the regional business    Falls Medical Center are co-sponsoring prescription drug turn-in
 office helped arrange a field trip to POP 1 for students in Kelley            events throughout Clackamas County on Saturday, April 30, in
 Brown’s Salmon Room classroom, and business office employees made            cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 it a treat. ey used the children’s artwork to show how patient records        Designed to help residents prevent pill abuse and theft by
 are scanned, and (in the photo above) they got to try their little hands   ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and
 at a mass mailing. Pictured, from left, are: Lou Anne Henriques and        unwanted prescription drugs, the service is free and anonymous,
 Alisha Penman, assistant teachers; Eva Stearns, accounts receivable        and no questions will be asked.
 manager; and Mike Jacobson, account resolution manager.
                                                                               For more information, go to

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                                                                                Estate planning seminars set
                                                                                  The Providence Office of Gift Planning is providing free
                                                                                90-minute seminars about the basics of wills and estate planning,
                                                                                offered by a local estate planning attorney. Topics will include
                                                                                wills and living trusts, probate versus non-probate property, estate
                                                                                taxes, advance directives and powers of attorney.
                                                                                  To sign up, call 503-216-6639 or 877-228-2574, or send an email
                                                                                to The schedule is:
                                                                                  • Providence Milwaukie, May 5, noon to 1:30 p.m.,
                                                                                     Mother Gamelin Room
                                                                                  • Providence Portland, May 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,
                                                                                     Cancer Center Amphitheater
                                                                                  • Providence St. Vincent, May 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,
                                                                                     Souther Auditorium
   LEGO Challenge students were coached by parents Partha Raguram, M.D.,
                                                                                  • Providence Willamette Falls, May 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,
   Providence kidney specialist with the Portland Hypertension and Nephrology
   Clinic, center, and Easwar Srinivasan, a software engineer, right.                Health Education Center

  LEGO Warriors rule!                                                           Neurology specialists join
     A group of third and fourth grade students from the Portland area          Providence Brain Institute
  recently completed a science project proposing a high-tech method                                         Three neurologists recently joined
  to deliver healing adult stem cells to stroke patients. Their parent                                   Providence Brain Institute to offer
  mentors arranged a presentation of the project to the stroke team at                                   specialized evaluations, advanced
  Providence Portland Medical Center.                                                                    treatments and clinical trials for
     “Stem Cell Therapy Delivered by Nasal Route Via Nanobots                                            patients with diseases and disorders of
  to Heal Chronic Stroke Victims,” was presented in skit style by                                        the brain and nervous system. They are:
  the students, who call their team the LEGO Warriors. All team                                             Kyle Smoot, M.D., Providence
  members were from the local Asian community.                                                           Multiple Sclerosis Center, Providence
     The prize-winning project was part of the First LEGO League                                         St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr. Smoot
  Body Forward Challenge, which includes a LEGO robot game and                                           was chief resident at Oregon Health &
  a biomedical engineering project to improve health and wellness.               Kyle Smoot, M.D.        Sciences University. He has presented
     “Their presentation was well organized and covered an amazing                                       research abstracts at American Academy
  amount of highly technical information,” says Lisa Yanase, M.D.,                                       of Neurology and American Neurologic
  stroke program medical director. “They have come up with a                                             Association meetings.
  creative potential creative approach to the very significant public                                       Brooke Walter, M.D., Providence
  health problem of long-term disability following stroke.”                                              Center for Parkinson’s Disease,
                                                                                                         The Oregon Clinic, east Portland.
                                                                                                         Dr. Walter completed her residency
  Bringing your child to work                                                                            at the University of Washington and
    This year, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is                                                a fellowship in movement disorders
  Thursday, April 28. If you wish to bring a child to work that day                                      at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare
  to help her or him learn more about our healing ministry, you                                          System in Seattle. She is board
                                                                                 Brooke Walter, M.D.
  may do so – if it’s appropriate and permitted at your worksite.                                        certified in neurology.
  Here are some guidelines to observe:                                                                      John Zurasky, M.D., Providence
    • Obtain approval from your supervisor in advance.                                                   Stroke Center, Providence St. Vincent
    • Children must be between ages 8 and 18.                                                            Medical Center. Dr. Zurasky was
    • Bring only one child, and only on April 28.                                                        medical director of the stroke program
    • For younger children, consider a half day visit.                                                   at Intermountain Healthcare. He
    • Sign in your child at your facility and get a temporary                                            completed his residency at the
      name badge.                                                                                        University of Washington and a
    • Keep your child supervised at all times.                                                           fellowship in stroke and neurologic
    • Review appropriate worksite behavior before the visit –                                            intensive care at Washington University
      especially concerning confidentiality and safety.                                                  in St. Louis. Dr. Zurasky is board-
    • Have a fun and meaningful plan for the day.                                                        certified in neurology, vascular
                                                                                 John Zurasky, M.D.
    • Consider creating a group activity for your department.                                            neurology and neurocritical care.

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                                                                                   PROVIDENCE CANCER CENTER

Women’s cancer clinic opens
                               The Providence Gynecologic
                             Oncology Women’s Cancer Clinic
                             offers evidence-based care through a
                             compassionate approach. The clinic
                             focuses on the diagnosis and treatment
                             of all benign, local and malignant
                             cancers of the female reproductive tract,
                             including the cervix, uterus and ovary.
                               Paul Tseng, M.D. is with Northwest
                             Cancer Specialists. As medical director
   of the Providence Gynecologic Oncology Program, he leads
a multidisciplinary team of providers, including gynecologic
oncologists, medical and radiation oncologists, cancer risk
assessment/genetic counselors, oncology social workers and                Karen Anderson spoke at the 2009 Creating Hope Cancer Luncheon,
                                                                          supported by her children, Helen and William, and husband Mike.
clinical trials staff. The program offers cancer risk analysis,
surgical intervention, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, integrative
medicine, palliative care and psychosocial support.                      Patient benefits from cancer drug
                                                                            Karen Anderson was profiled in the April 14, 2010 Providence
                                                                         Spirit as the face of an international immunotherapy clinical trial
Breast health director named                                             of the drug ipilimumab, run by Providence Cancer Center. The
   Laurel C. Soot, M.D., F.A.C.S., has                                   drug recently gained federal approval to be used against late-stage
been named regional clinical director                                    melanoma. See article on page 1.
of breast health for Providence Cancer                                      Karen is a funny, vivacious and courageous woman. She lives the
Center. Dr. Soot will develop a region-                                  life she wants, and on meeting her, you would never guess she has
wide multidisciplinary breast care                                       cancer. But if you’re a patient and ask her help, she’ll be quick to
program to establish standards of care,                                  support you. And she’ll advise you to participate in a clinical trial.
develop protocols for breast health and                                     When the news broke of the drug’s approval, Karen was
breast cancer treatment, and oversee data                                interviewed by The Oregonian as an ipilimumab success story.
collection and analysis in the Providence                                “It gave me years with my family that I would never have gotten,”
Breast Health Registry.                                                  she told the reporter.
   A member of The Oregon Clinic and a surgeon at Providence                The preschool teacher still is under care, including a recent
St. Vincent Medical Center, Dr. Soot is the co-medical director          surgery to remove more tumors. She’s also hoping to begin a
of the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at PSVMC. She is committed            new trial with a different investigational drug. “I’m still a stage 4
to creating a coordinated model of breast health with screening,         melanoma patient with a pretty bleak prognosis, but because of
research, surgery, social services and integrative medicine.             clinical trials I have hope,” she says. “I have a lot of options.”

Surgical oncology leader chosen                                          Survivor clinic eases the way
                           Paul D. Hansen, M.D., F.A.C.S.,                                             Providence Cancer Survivor Clinic
                         has been named director of surgical                                        provides a complete assessment and
                         oncology for Providence Cancer Center.                                     answers questions about current and
                         He will promote leadership and growth                                      ongoing side effects of treatment.
                         in surgical oncology multidisciplinary                                        Jennifer Weprin, a nurse practitioner,
                         teams throughout the Oregon Region.                                        is available to address concerns about
                           Dr. Hansen is with The Oregon                                            cancer recurrence or development of a
                         Clinic Division of Gastrointestinal                                        secondary cancer.
                         and Minimally Invasive Surgery and is                                         The clinic arranges a team of experts
                         medical director of the Providence Liver                                   that will work with a patient’s medical
Cancer Clinic. A board-certified expert in minimally invasive            team to develop a personalized physical and psychological wellness
surgery, he performed the Northwest’s first robotic Whipple              plan. Referrals can be made for support services and therapies, such
procedure surgery of the pancreas, duodenum and bile ducts.              as acupuncture, nutrition consultation and support groups.
  Dr. Hansen has received The Society of American                           The survivor clinic is held at Providence Portland and Providence
Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Award for Excellence            St. Vincent medical centers. For details, or to make an appointment,
in Clinical Care.                                                        call 503-215-7901 or visit

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                                                                                 Code Gray training set
                                                                                   A new process for improving response to Code Gray, activated
                                                                                 when a patient or visitor becomes erratic or combative, will
                                                                                 be implemented in a series of department trainings during
                                                                                 April and May. Led by Sue Gloier, R.N., director of nursing
                                                                                 education and staff development, the sessions focus on
                                                                                 teamwork and ensuring everyone has the tools and information
                                                                                 needed for the best outcome. “This training will help us protect
                                                                                 the safety of patients and staff during difficult events,” says Sue.

                                                                                 Outpatient pharmacy to close
                                                                                    The PMH outpatient pharmacy will close on July 1. The
                                                                                 decision was made following months of careful consideration,
                                                                                 research and analysis, including the levels of outpatient use
                                                                                 and federal limits on which patients can be served. Employees
   Norma Kirk, right, shares some of the new Easter arrivals in the Providence   and volunteers will be able to fill ongoing prescriptions at the
   Milwaukie Hospital gift shop with Jamie Shultz of access services. Norma      Providence Bridgeport pharmacy and have them delivered to
   celebrated 20 years of volunteer service in March.                            PMH. In addition, the PMH gift shop will begin stocking
                                                                                 nonprescription medications. For more information contact
  Spotlight on … Volunteer                                                       Suzy Anthony, pharmacist, at 503-513-8761. Suzy, now lead
                                                                                 outpatient pharmacist, will move to an inpatient pharmacy role.
     Volunteerism abounds in the Providence Milwaukie ministry.
  It is lived out each day by those who serve on the foundation
                                                                                 Celebrating passage quilters
  board, by the new guest liaisons who guide patients and visitors                 The loving hands of care at Providence Milwaukie extend far
  throughout the hospital and by the dedicated men and women                     beyond hospital walls. Close to 30 women, most of them members
  who support nearly every department. And it doesn’t stop there.                of Milwaukie Lutheran Church, meet regularly to create passage
  Teenagers devote many of their summer hours to service. Valued                 quilts offered to patients receiving comfort care.
  volunteers run the gift shop. All will be honored at an April 15                 The quilters recently were honored during a hospital luncheon
  luncheon at the Waverly Country Club.                                          with a framed photo of the group’s most recent quilt blessing
     Those receiving special recognition at the luncheon will include:           ceremony. Since the program began in 2005, more than 400 quilts
  Shelley Carrejo, who has given 5,000 hours of service; Maxine                  have comforted hospital patients and their families.
  Feuerborn, 7,000 hours of service; and Ruth Battin, who has                      “It is so humbling when we escort a family to select a quilt
  completed 10,000 hours of service – the equivalent of working                  for their loved one,” says Debra Albert, R.N., hospice liaison.
  full time for almost five years!                                               “Something happens when you are stitching these quilts,” adds Sue
     During 2010, a total of 113 volunteers gave 13,976 hours of                 Gloier, R.N. “They make the room feel sacred.”
  service to the hospital. Volunteers also contributed to more than
  $26,000 in foundation revenue through gift shop sales. “The
  contributions of our volunteers are truly priceless because they are
  an important part of our ministry,” says Lesley Townsend, director
  of volunteer services.

  Baskets pay for mammograms
     The traditional PMH basket contest, postponed from last
  fall, will take place in May as a fundraiser for the foundation’s
  campaign to provide free mammograms to uninsured patients.
     Departments, groups or individuals are encouraged to design
  and assemble a gift basket that will attract votes through raffle ticket
  sales. Baskets are due to Debi Leedy in administration by noon,
  May 9, and will be on display May 9-13 outside the gift shop.
     Tickets for the raffle are 50 cents or three for $1 and may be
  purchased at the PMH gift shop. Each ticket counts as one vote                  Dee Dee Watson, left, receives a framed photo of the most recent passage
                                                                                  quilt blessing ceremony from Chaplain Judith Kleinstein.
  and one chance to win the basket of your choice.

8 Providence Spirit • 4.13.11                                                                For comments and suggestions, please call 503-513-8404
                                                                     PROVIDENCE PORTLAND MEDICAL CENTER

Spotlight on … Volunteer                                                          Welcome, Theron!
Services                                                                                                      Please welcome Theron Park, new
                                                                                                           chief executive of Providence Portland
  They ring up sales in the gift shop, help direct people to                                               Medical Center. He transferred from
medical and surgical appointments, transport discharged patients,                                          Providence Milwaukie Hospital into his
put informational packets together and help to distribute copies                                           new office on April 11.
of the very Providence Spirit issue you are reading. These are just                                           Many previous and new co-workers
some of the many duties our dedicated volunteers fulfill to ease                                           have been wishing Theron well and
our way – and that of our patients – every day at PPMC.                                                    letting him know how much he will
  Nearly 300 active volunteers serve the hospital, putting in more                                         enjoy being at PPMC.
than 45,000 hours annually. They represent a wide range of age                                                “I’m very excited to be part of the
groups and experience, and help in a variety of departments.                      team and living the Providence Mission here,” Theron says. “I
  “We love our volunteers,” says Kelli Fine. “They serve an                       look forward to meeting as many employees as possible in the
integral role here at the hospital, and we are grateful for the time              coming weeks.”
and talent they bring to us.”
                                                                                  Intensive care unit on the move
                                                                                    The intensive care unit at PPMC will move April 25 from its
                                                                                  current location to 3A, the former short stay unit. This temporary
                                                                                  move is part of a multi-phase construction project running through
                                                                                  June 2012. Access to the ICU will be via the red elevators, located
                                                                                  near emergency. Patients should be transported on the silver elevators.
                                                                                    To familiarize staff with the new space and location of supplies and
                                                                                  equipment, a series of scavenger hunt events will be held April 15-23.
                                                                                  On April 21, a blessing ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. during an
                                                                                  open house, which will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                                                                                  New hyperbaric chambers blessed
                                                                                     Two new hyperbaric chambers will ease the way for patients
 Kelli Fine (left) recently joined PPMC as volunteer coordinator just in time     who undergo oxygen therapy at PPMC. Used to treat carbon
 to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Six-year volunteer veteran Virginia        monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness or difficult wounds,
 O’Connor helps Kelli learn the finer points of working in the gift shop. Staffed   hyperbaric therapy requires extended, multiple sessions inside a
 by volunteers, all proceeds from PPMC gift shop sales benefit the Providence
                                                                                  pressurized acrylic tube filled with pure oxygen.
 Portland Medical Foundation.
                                                                                     The new chambers are roomier and more comfortable, have
                                                                                  better air flow and an improved communication system. They
PPMC cycles to a win                                                              also have a “green” setting that helps to conserve oxygen once the
   The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Providence                       chamber has been pressurized to its prescribed setting. A blessing
Portland Medical Center a silver designation for the Bicycle                      for the new equipment was held March 21.
Friendly Business program. This is the second time PPMC has
garnered this award, which recognizes promotion of bicycling
in the workplace.
   PPMC cycling enthusiasts can wear Providence on their
proverbial sleeve when the PPMC gift shop takes delivery of
a limited number of Providence-logo cycling jerseys in May,
which will sell for $55 each.

Bunny egg hunt
  It’s a fact that rabbits don’t lay eggs but that doesn’t stop the
PPMC DREAM team from holding its annual Easter egg hunt.
This year’s event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in
HCC 1, 2 and 3. The hunt offers prizes and fun for all.                            Linda Leigh, R.N., (left) and Linda Wegner, R.T., are proud of the new
  The DREAM team is an expansion of the hospital’s employee                        hyperbaric chambers installed in the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Unit on
activities committee and represents diversity, recognition,                        the fourth floor. e new chambers replace older models that were two and
                                                                                   three decades old.
employee activities and Mission.

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   P R O V I D E N C E S T. V I N C E N T M E D I C A L C E N T E R

                                                                               TB prevention efforts honored
                                                                                 Infectious Disease Consultants, based at PSVMC, recently
                                                                               was presented with a public health award from Washington
                                                                               County Department of Health and Human Services. The
                                                                               annual awards honor individuals and groups making notable
                                                                               contributions to community health.
                                                                                 The clinic was chosen for its care of tuberculosis patients
                                                                               and for providing community leadership in helping to prevent
                                                                               the disease.

                                                                               Bringing bears out of hibernation
                                                                                 After a two-year hiatus, the pediatric emergency
    Annette Knott, Carla Arendes and Jan Lampros are three of the volunteers   department was able to purchase more than 300 small teddy
    who help blood drives run smoothly..                                       bears, thanks to a recent donation of $1,000.
                                                                                 The furry critters will go to young patients to help calm
   Spotlight on … Volunteer                                                    them during treatments that can be scary. Employees can
   Services                                                                    help support this program by making a gift to the Kathy
                                                                               Ramey Emergency Services Fund at the PSV Foundation.
      You see them staffing the information desk in the East                   Be sure to note that your gift is for the teddy bear fund.
   Pavilion, transporting patients in emergency and greeting visitors
   everywhere in between.
      Says PSVMC volunteer coordinator Peggy Cahill, the life
   experiences of our 875 volunteers run the gamut, reflecting
   the age spread of 17 to 85 years old. They include students,
   adults and those who serve our hospice program, supporting 77
   departments at Providence St. Vincent. “Last year they gave more
   than 99,000 service hours.,” says Peggy, ranging from handling pet
   therapy dogs to keeping families of intensive care patients updated.
      Volunteers give their time and more. In 2010, they contributed
   more than $300,000 to our hospital foundation through gift shop
   proceeds and fundraisers such as jewelry and book sales.
      “They come with compassion in their hearts; that’s the kind of
   people they are,” Peggy reflects. “My favorite thing about this job
   is the forever friendships that are formed in our department.”

     Rebels with a cause                                                        Digging into the treasure chest of teddy bears in the pediatric emergency room
                                                                                are, left to right, Ann Bufkin, R.N., Sharon Walker, R.N., and Gladys Barnes,
                                                                                emergency department manager.

                                                                               New foundation trustees elected
                                                                                  The Providence St. Vincent Medical
                                                                               Foundation recently elected a slate of
                                                                               new officers for its 50-member council
                                                                               of trustees, the foundation’s governing
                                                                               board. Eli Morgan, chief executive
                                                                               officer of 2030 Investors, LLC, of
                                                                               Portland, will serve as the 2011-2012
    Members of the “Rebels” lung cancer awareness team made a                  president. The council also welcomed
    persuasive anti-tobacco pitch to fellow students from the Oregon           six new trustees, who join the council
    Health Care Center. Teens from Film Action Oregon videotaped the           in overseeing fundraising in support
    presentation in the Souther classroom for a student documentary that                                                             Eli Morgan
                                                                               of patient care and medical research
    will screen later this spring at the Hollywood eatre in Portland.
                                                                               at Providence St. Vincent.

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                                                 P R O V I D E N C E W I L L A M E T T E FA L L S M E D I C A L C E N T E R

                                                                                  How to reduce cancer risks
                                                                                     Join Providence Integrative Medicine physicians at a free class and
                                                                                  leave with practical tools to use in your healthy living plan.
                                                                                     “Next Steps Against Cancer: Nutrition, exercise and natural
                                                                                  medicine to reduce risk, enhance survival and improve quality
                                                                                  of life,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, at
                                                                                  Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, conference room 4.
                                                                                     At the class, physicians will discuss: food and exercise choices that
                                                                                  affect breast cancer risk; whole foods and the Mediterranean-style
                                                                                  diet; why good food choices (and not supplements) are your best bet
                                                                                  for good health; and how acupuncture, massage and naturopathic
                                                                                  medicine can reduce the side effects of cancer treatment.
                                                                                     To register call the Providence Resource Line at 503-574-6595
                                                                                  or visit
 Representing volunteers at PWFMC are, left to right, Mary Newville,
 volunteer council chair, who staffs the lobby information desk and the library;   Employee forums scheduled
 Sharon Lauer, volunteer council member-at-large, who serves as a courier and       Plan to attend one of the April employee forums for staff
 staffs the gift shop; and Shawna Williams, an Oregon City High School junior      and volunteers. Hear an administrative update from Russ
 who volunteers in the emergency department.                                      Reinhard, chief executive, and learn more about current topics
                                                                                  from other members of the leadership team.
Spotlight on … Volunteer                                                            April 21, 3:30 p.m.               April 25, noon
Services                                                                            April 26, noon                    April 27, 6 p.m.
                                                                                    April 29, 7:30 a.m.
  In April, the Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
Volunteer Program will celebrate 50 years of service to
the hospital. “We are blessed with caring, dedicated and                          Special calling for quilters
compassionate volunteers,” says Linda Herndon, director of                          Providence Willamette Falls Hospital is looking for people
volunteer services. Volunteers can be found in nearly every                       who love to quilt in service to a special cause. As part of their
hallway and unit of the hospital, frequently greeting and                         ministry of spiritual care, chaplains provide small handmade
registering patients in the main lobby, staffing the gift shop                    quilts to dying patients, called passage quilts. The quilts provide
and library, and assisting with patient discharge. In 2010,                       comfort to hospitalized patients. After patients pass away,
volunteers contributed 28,234 hours to the hospital. They                         chaplains ensure that the quilts are offered to family members as
serve as part of the adult or student volunteer programs.                         a gift of love and remembrance.
  In the emergency department, adult volunteers do comfort                          To learn more about making passage quilts, please attend
rounds with patients and restock supplies. Diana Gibler,                          an informational meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, in
volunteer coordinator, notes that the volunteer couriers are in                   Conference Room 2, or contact Chaplain Julie Dir-Muñoz at
high demand because “they can help with anything that needs                       503-650-1404.
to get from point A to point B.”
  “The student volunteer program helps students to discern
whether a health career is the right option for them,” says
Paula Pacholl, volunteer coordinator. More than 100 students
– typically high school and college age – often are assigned to
the medical/surgical unit, but also serve in physical therapy,
pharmacy and day surgery.
  Currently, more adult volunteers are needed. For more
information, please call Diana Gibler at 503-557-2134.

Parking spot pays twice
  Congratulations to Nancy Morgan, nutrition services, who
made the winning bid for a dedicated parking space.
  Last year Marcia Wimmer purchased the space for 2011                             Quilts are a unique art form, demonstrating the creativity and often the
in the foundation auction. When Marcia transitioned out of                         caring heart of the quilter. Showing a variety of quilts are, left to right: Kris
Providence, she donated the space back to the foundation to                        Cuthair, R.N., critical care unit manager, Gail Freeman, R.N., critical care;
                                                                                   and Julie Dir-Munoz, chaplain.
auction it off again. A win-win for all!

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   Patient experience makes Belenda a compassionate volunteer
   After surviving a heart infection                             Jamie Beckerman, M.D.                     wanted to do was sleep,” she says. “But
   and stroke, she turns to helping                                In early 2009, when it was time for an  my therapists were fantastic. They found
   other patients                                                operation on Belenda’s mitral heart valve,some things that I really enjoyed, like
                                                                                                           working with flowers and making a scrap
                                                                 her surgeons were able to repair it, rather
      Volunteers at Providence all have their                    than replace it. “They brought a pig valvebook. I came back. God healed me.”
   reasons for choosing to offer their time                      into the OR, but thankfully they didn’t      Two years later, she has made a near-
   to others. For Belenda Vorvick, selecting                     have to use it.”                          complete recovery.
   Providence Portland Medical Center for                          As she began her rehabilitation,           “My only issue right now is a slight loss
   her volunteer service was an easy choice.                     Belenda’s therapist wrote ‘dog’ on the    of vision in one eye,” she says. “It could
      In November 2008, Belenda felt ill for                     grease board and asked her to read it. “I have been a lot worse, because I know
   more than a week with severe,                                                                                      some people have been blinded
   flu-like symptoms. She felt so                                                                                     by strokes. I can still drive and
   sick that her husband brought                                                                                      do everything else.”
   her to the emergency room                                                                                            The recent medical crisis was
   at Providence Portland                                                                                             not Belenda’s first experience with
   Medical Center.                                                                                                    Providence. She and her family,
      At first, Blenda’s doctors                                                                                      who live in northeast Portland,
   could not pinpoint the cause of                                                                                    have used PPMC for many years.
   her symptoms, which seemed                                                                                         In fact, all three of her children
   much worse than a normal case                                                                                      were born at the hospital.
   of the flu.                                                                                                          “It was the excellent care and
      “My fever was continuing to                                                                                     attention I received that led me
   rise and my head was killing                                                                                       to choose Providence for my
   me,” she recalls. “When they                                                                                       volunteering,” says Belenda.
   listened to my heart they                                                                                          “My kids are nearly grown,
   heard a murmur, so they did                                                                                        and my husband encouraged
   more tests. My husband also                                                                                        me to volunteer. And, as a
   asked them to check my brain.                                                                                      Christian, I felt that I should
   The doctors found that I had                                                                                       share my blessings by giving
   inflammation around my heart                                                                                       back to others.”
   and infection in my mitral            Volunteer Belenda Vorvick, right, assists PPMC 4R associate head nurse         One day a week, Belenda
   valve. Even scarier, I learned        Susan Conley, R.N. After surviving a serious illness, Belenda has a          volunteers on the 4R medical/
   that I had suffered a stroke.”        special knack for working with patients.                                     surgical unit, where she assists
      Belenda was admitted to the                                                                                     post-surgery patients.
   intensive care unit and spent the next six        couldn’t,” she says. “So she told me to                  “I help the nurses and assist the
   weeks recovering and rehabilitating from          close my eyes, said the word out loud then patients however I can,” she says.
   her stroke. “I don’t remember much from           asked me to spell it. I could do that, and            “When I asked one woman what she
   the first week,” she says. “So much of it         that was the beginning of learning                    needed, she just started crying. So I
   was a blur.”                                      to read again, spending weeks with                    sat with her and listened to her story.
      Belenda had endocarditis, a relatively         children’s books.”                                    Afterward, I squeezed her hand and
   uncommon diagnosis that can cause                    Belenda also did physical therapy,                 she felt better. I loved doing that, and
   many complications, including strokes,            building strength and learning to walk                I think she appreciated me just being
   according to her Providence cardiologist,         again. “I was so tired and weak, all I                a friend to her.”

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                 Wellness Forums. PMH, PPMC, PSVMC.                       For details, go to “events” on the intranet      Wednesdays of every month for Providence
                 Register at 503-574-6595 or go to                        home page.                                       Health & Services in the Portland Service Area.
        Free.                                                                                 To submit ads and see past issues, visit the
                                                                 May 3    “Integrative Medicine Approaches to Cancer,”
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                   For details, go to “events” on the intranet            Free.                                            or call Marianne Paradis at 503-893-6340. To
                   home page.                                                                                              submit story ideas, e-mail or call Chuck Williams
                                                                 May 11 Providence Creating Hope Cancer Luncheon, noon,
     April 26      Health Careers Program 40th Anniversary              Oregon Convention Center. John Kohlenberger III,   at 503-893-6342. The next issue is April 27; the
                   Reunion. 7 p.m., PSVMC Souther Auditorium.           speaker. For details, call 503-216-6625.           ad deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 18.

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