Collaboration: Third Service Integration Team forms for Cascade district

May, 2018 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

A third Santiam Service Integration team, Cascade SIT, is now a reality.

The opening meeting will be May 15, 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Turner Christian Church, 7871 Marion Road SE. Future meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month, same time and place.

“The intention from the beginning was for Santiam Service Integration to operate three teams in the Santiam region,” said Melissa Baurer, Santiam Hospital’s SIT coordinator. “Cascade is naturally the next team as it falls within Santiam Hospital’s service area.”

Baurer already has been receiving requests for assistance from within the Cascade School District boundary areas. She has been able to “work” the problems without having a team in the Cascade district’s community, but the solutions have been lengthier and more difficult.

“There is a demonstrated need for service integration in the Cascade district’s communities of Turner, Aumsville, Marion and part of Salem,” Baurer said. “Recently, an SIT coordinator was contacted by the WIC department, who became aware of an elderly lady living in Aumsville without running water.”

Neighbors helped the 83-year- old woman by bringing her water until her well could be repaired. Follow up help included signing her up for SNAP benefits and medical help, reducing her monthly living costs significantly. Once informed of the woman’s situation, the vendor reduced the repair bill from $2,584 to $1,500.

“Profits don’t precede people, and water is a necessity of life,” said Carrie Tribble, owner of Aqua Pro Pump Services with her husband, Shayne. “We will do whatever we can to help people in need.”

Many organizations assisted with covering the remaining expense, including: Marion County Resource Center/MWVCAA, St. Vincent De Paul, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Willamette Valley Community Health, Northwest Senior and Disabilities Services, Bethel Baptist Church and Mountain View Church.

“Water was restored two days later after Service Integration found out about the need,” Baurer said. “And because she is now getting help with food and her medical, she will be able to maintain her home expenses. This is Service Integration in action!”

The North Santiam SIT and Santiam Canyon SIT have also been helping people in their communities, Baurer said.

“We have a consistent 35-40 individuals who represent faith-based organizations, government agencies, non-profits, businesses, school districts and private citizens that are attending the North Santiam Team,” she said.

“Our Santiam Canyon Team has another 20-25 people attending. We are identifying needs in the community and as a group collaboratively without duplicating services finding solutions to meet those needs.”

Although SIT funds can be used, Baurer said often a solution is found without having to use them. To date, she said the two teams have spent $3,180 in SIT funds and have leveraged $10,607.

“Fifty-five individuals have been served with SIT funds,” she added. “This does not reflect the number of individuals served without needing to access SIT funds.”

Michael Livingston with KMUZ Willamette Wake Up faithfully attends all the SIT meetings facilitated by Santiam Hospital.

“When someone needs help they don’t need to go knocking on a bunch of doors,” he said. “SI provides the structure for the community to do what they already want to do, which is to help each other.”

Baurer said Santiam Service Integration’s focus will remain on the three teams: North Santiam (Lyons, Mehama, Stayton, Sublimity), Santiam Canyon (Gates, Idanha, Detroit, Mill City), and now Cascade.

Each team has a “pot” of funds to start of the school year, provided by Santiam Hospital, the local school district and sometimes private donors. Team funds are accessed by SI team members, not the family or individual
in need.

“Our role is to continue to integrate services, foster collaboration and reduce duplication of services,” Baurer said. “Santiam Hospital is committed to Service Integration and will continue to lead the community and teach/coach team members to work together. Not one person is alone. We have the team members to reach out. Mountain View Church in Aumsville says it nicely, ‘We’re stronger together!’”

“Santiam Hospital seeks to improve health outcomes by providing for the community’s medical needs,” said Terry Fletchall, CEO of Santiam Hospital. “Service Integration addresses social determinates of health and is changing the way services are delivered. SI provides an avenue to step out of the silos and instead collaborate with each other to provide the most efficient service we can offer to individuals and families.”

For more about Service Integration, visit or the Santiam Service Integration Facebook page, or reach Baurer at 503-769- 9319 or [email protected]

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