Santiam Hospital: Community investment, service, earns award

February, 2016 Posted in Business
Terry Fletchall Santiam Hospital  Chief Executive Officer

Terry Fletchall
Santiam Hospital
Chief Executive Officer

By Mary Owen

Santiam Hospital takes honors as 2015 Large Business of the Year.

“We are honored and pleased to have the support of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce in selecting us for this award,” said Terry Fletchall, chief executive officer. “As the primary healthcare provider in this community, we have provided health services to Santiam Canyon residents for more than 70 years.”

In announcing the award, the chamber credited SH for being an institution that invests with “energy, commitment and willingness to embrace” the communities it serves.

Fletchall calls the hospital’s staff, both medical and non-medical, its most important asset.

“Their professionalism, compassion, skills and knowledge shine through each member’s engagement with patients every day,” he said. “Dr. Jennifer Brewer, OB/GYN, and Maria Turney, family nurse practitioner, are the most recent members of our growing medical community.”

Another highlight is the purchase of a new Phillips Ingenuity CAT Scanner with low-dose radiation and contrast management software, including artifact reduction, Fletchall said. The scanner will be installed in the next 10 to 12 weeks, he added.

“We are also please with our new inpatient and Surgical Services Tower, which has more than doubled the size of our hospital,” he said. “Our expansion resulted in new private rooms for medical surgical, intermediate care and intensive care inpatient services along with all-new support service areas, a state-of-the-art Santiam Surgery Center (and) a beautiful Family Birth Center.”

The $30 million, 50,000-square-foot, four-story hospital expansion opened in 2013, adding to the capacity of the original 1951 hospital.

“To provide and enhance quality services, the hospital recruited medical professionals from across the country and brought them to live and work in our communities,” Paula Mabry, one of the nominators, said. “And to ensure ease of access to medical care over the years, Santiam Hospital has opened clinics in Sublimity, Aumsville and Mill City.”

Fletchall said physician recruitment is ongoing, and that a urology clinic is anticipated to be in operation the first quarter of this year. Plans are being completed for a new emergency department, as well enlarged pharmacy, laboratory, and public and support areas, he added.

“We have an eye to healthcare reform and continue to move toward associated trends in the hospital’s interest, while we strive to remain a community-based hospital, responsible to those we serve,” Fletchall said.

Community engagement is also important to the hospital.

“We provide reduced-cost sports physicals for local students, healthcare education including breast care, diabetes and educational presentations, reduced-cost and free flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics, and reduced-cost immunizations,” Fletchall said.

To encourage individuals to pursue healthy living, SH will hold its 27th annual Fun Run and Health Walk this June. To promote breast cancer awareness, the 17th annual Paint the Town Pink event will take place October.

The hospital sponsors and participates in other community events, including: Relay for Life, SummerFest, donations for safe graduation events, playground and sports equipment, science fairs, Books for Children, the Sublimity Harvest Festival, the Stayton Sprint Triathlon, the Stayton Public Library’s Toast of the Town, and SSCOC’s Awards Celebration.

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