April 13, 2011 Portland Service Area PROVIDENCE Also on the PH&S Oregon intranet 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. AROUND THE REGION Prov v 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 www.justice.gov/dea. 4.13.11 • Providence Spirit 3 AROUND THE REGION 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 4 Providence Spirit • 4.13.11 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 www.providence.org/cancer. 4.13.11 • Providence Spirit 5 P R O V I D E N C E M I LWA U K I E H O S P I TA L 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. Services 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. For comments and suggestions, please call 503-215-6200 4.13.11 • Providence Spirit 9 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. 10 Providence Spirit • 4.13.11 For comments and suggestions, please call 503-216-7138 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 www.providence.org/classes. 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! For comments and suggestions, please call 503-650-6262 4.13.11 • Providence Spirit 11 IN THE 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.” A P R I L - M AY C A L E N D A R PROVIDENCE SPIRIT April 12-25 “Women and Thyroid Disease.” Women’s April 30 March for Babies. Sponsored by March of Dimes. The newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th 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. www.providence.org. Free. To submit ads and see past issues, visit the May 3 “Integrative Medicine Approaches to Cancer,” April 18-24 Steppin’ Out National Walking Challenge. 1:30 p.m., PWFMC. Register at 503-574-6595. PH&S intranet. For questions about ads, e-mail 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. 12 Providence Spirit • 4.13.11 Printed on paper that is 50% recycled and 25% post-consumer waste.
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