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June 27, 2016
Five physicians complete Skagit Regional
Health residency program
Five physicians have completed a three-year residency program
in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at Skagit Regional
The five graduating residents were celebrated on Saturday with a
commencement ceremony featuring keynote remarks by former
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Graduating physicians, from left, Brian Gutshall, DO, David Escobar,
DO, Chelsey Spence, DO, David Hoschek, DO and Matthew Becker, DO.
The residents who have completed their training and their next destinations:
David Escobar, DO, Family Medicine
Skagit Regional Clinics, Stanwood
David Hoschek, DO, Family Medicine
Providence Medical Group, Urgent Care, Mill Creek
Chelsey Spence, DO, Family Medicine
Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Lakeside, Montana
Matthew Becker, DO, Internal Medicine
Providence Newberg Medical Center, Newberg, Oregon
Brian Gutshall, DO, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen
The event also included the announcement of several awards including:
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates served
Family Medicine Intern of the Year: Danh Ngo, DO
as keynote speaker.
Internal Medicine Intern of the Year: Lindsay Barrett, DO
Family Medicine Resident of the Year: David Escobar, DO
Internal Medicine Resident of the Year: Matthew Becker, DO
Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO Family Medicine Osteopath of the Year: Fumiko Naughton, DO
Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO Internal Medicine Osteopath of the Year: Matthew Becker, DO
Sir William Osler, MD Teacher of the Year: Mark Wallace, MD
Community Service Award: David Escobar, DO
Cascade Employees in New Gear
Last week, Volunteer Services
Director Steve Schultz delivered
official Skagit Regional Health
polo shirts to Cascade Valley
employees. Steve distributed 140
shirts on his visit, and took
additional orders while he was
there. The free logoed shirt is a
time honored perk for Skagit
Regional Health employees—
something that was exciting to
extend to the newest members of
the SRH family.
Welcome - Bob Laws New Executive Director Hospice of the Northwest
The Operations Board of Hospice of the Northwest is pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Laws
has been chosen as the new Executive Director. Bob has worked at Hospice of the Northwest
since February 2008 – he has five years of experience providing nursing care to patients and
families. He was promoted to the Manager/Referral Center where he worked for almost two
years. His most recent position, since November 2014, has been Clinical Manager/Nursing and
Bob brings a wealth of expert and practical hospice knowledge with him to this new position. The
Operations Board is pleased with the great leadership Jean Leib has provided Hospice and is
confident this will continue under Bob’s direction.
For over 25 years, Hospice of the Northwest provides expert end-of-life care to patients and
families in our service area; which comprises the counties of Skagit, Island, Snohomish and San
Juan. Hospice is a multidisciplinary health care service that addresses the physical, emotional,
and spiritual needs of the dying. Hospice serves over 800 patients and families every year,
wherever the patient calls home. If you or someone you know might benefit from hospice care, please dial 360-814-5550 and
request to speak with a Referral Center or visit www.hospicenw.org.
Kelly Bradford, Director of Surgical
Services, and SRC Practice Manager
Lené Schille graduated from
Leadership Skagit on Wednesday,
June 15. Both participated in team
projects that created a significant,
positive impact for struggling youth
and families in the community.
Left to right: Kim Carson received
her “Excellence in Education” Award
and passed MR boards; Joe Barker
XR Lead, SRH Radiology received a
“Best Clinical Site” award from
Radiological Technology students at
Bellingham Technical College with
James Mounts, MR Lead.
Skagit Regional Health and
Cascade Valley Hospital are a
Gold Sponsor for the Duck
Dash in Arlington, July 4. You
can click here to view the
brochure or contact Jola Barnett
at [email protected] for
Valerie Simonova, MHPA completed
her one-year Administrative Fellow
program. Valerie worked on a wide
variety of strategic planning and
research projects and was
instrumental in working on the
integration of Skagit Regional Health
with Cascade Valley Hospital and
July 6-7, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian
Skagit Regional Health Employees Care!
Thank You True Her
The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation would like to thank
the 73 Skagit Regional Health employees who gave so
generously during the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign.
$31,118.12 was given through payroll deduction, PTO and
True Her donates beautiful
flowers to the chapel each
week. Her generous bouquets
are a popular item at the
Farmers’ Market on
The money raised will be gifted
back to various areas of Skagit
Regional Health to provide
program support and equipment
purchases. It is the mission of the
Foundation that these gifts and
other funds raised throughout the
year will enable us to continue to
support top quality care for the
patients we serve.
The Foundation thanks you for your support!!
You can also find True Her’s
colorful bouquets and fresh
seasonal produce at the
downtown Mount Vernon
market on Saturdays.
Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics
has a fun tradition of sponsoring
Arlington’s 4th of July Grand Parade—
and we need volunteers! Volunteers
would work from 2-6 p.m. in
downtown Arlington. Contact Jennifer
Egger at 360.618.7848 or
Protect your head, protect your family. It’s time for our annual
helmet purchase! With various sport, style, and color options,
there is a helmet for you, your partner, grandma, and kids! All
helmets are $8 or $10, with the exception of a ski helmet for $21.
Click here to open the order form and return it by July 11th. Pay
by check only, payable to Skagit Regional Health. Helmets will
be available for pick up on or after July 18th at the Outreach
and Development Center. If you have any questions, please
contact Emma Hefton by phone (360-814-8338) or by email at
Mayor’s Wellness Challenge
Patti Brettell, MD, (right) neurologist with
Skagit Regional Clinics led a Walk and Talk
with the Doc as part of the Mayor’s Wellness
Challenge. The event was a brisk 30-minute
walk to Hillcrest Park and back.
June 29: Free Body Composition Checks
Departments to move into Business Center starting June 30
Moving day is nearly here
for 10 Skagit Regional Health
departments that will
relocate to the Business
Center at 1515 N. 18th Street
in Mount Vernon.
Business Center receptionist: 360-814-7384.
The first departments to
move will be Human
Resources and Risk
Management on the
afternoon of June 30.
Security staff will be handling creation of employee
badges (for those who need new or replacement
Visitors will enter the building through the main front door, which will be
open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Employees will enter the building
through the north entrances on the east and west end of the building via
badge access. Only employees who work in the building will have badge
The new building will have on-site Security staff from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
weekdays and will be included in Security staff rounds on weekends. The
building is also equipped with a variety of security cameras inside and
Four conference rooms are located in the building, with full audio-visual
capabilities. Those wishing to reserve a room will be able to schedule
directly in Outlook.
Security desk: 360-814-7383.
Employee phone numbers will remain the same.
Interoffice mail delivery will continue on a twicedaily basis.
Shuttle service will be available on a route between
the Business Center and Skagit Valley Hospital.
The Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics Business
Office is NOT moving right now, however space is
reserved in the Business Center for a future move.
Grab & Go food service will be available including
sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks.
Water-bottle fill stations will be available in the
Welcome New Medical Residents!
Aaron Arnold, DO
David Barnett, DO
Courtney Beuning, DO
Marissa Capasso, DO
Giles Gifford, DO
Nicholas Hasandras, DO
Corey McCart, DO
Oksana Miller, DO
Bethany Mulder, DO
Erika Pope, DO
Volume 1, Issue 14
June 27, 2016
Cascade and Skagit!
Great news: United Healthcare now accepted at CVHC
Nurse Scott Hughes reviews a
chart at Cascade Valley Hospital.
Another positive outcome from the integration — Cascade Valley Hospital and
Clinics is now part of the contracted network of providers for United Healthcare’s
Medicare AARP Complete plan.
Patients now have access to new primary care and specialty care providers in
Arlington, Granite Falls and Darrington and can come to CVH for their care.
Performance Manager to shift to Epicor
Updates regarding licenses, certification, ACLS and other requirements for staff
will transition from Performance Manager (currently in use at Cascade Valley
Hospital and Clinics) to Epicor in a rolling system through December 2016.
Evaluations will also transition into Epicor, providing a single location for this
The Patient Services Team at the
Skagit Valley Hospital Regional
Cancer Care Center in Mount
Vernon. A second cancer center is
located at Smokey Point.
Shout out to the Payroll team!
A special, sincere thank you to the Payroll team for making sure that the more
than 400 Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics employees who joined Skagit
Regional Health were paid in the first two pay cycles of the integration. Payroll
staff — especially Mark Young — were on site at Cascade Valley along with
several experienced Kronos helpers — Kristi Terwilliger, Oncology; Angel
Abbott, Patient Access; Nicky Flint, Practice Manager; Olivia DeLeon, Practice
Manager and Jammie Novak, Medical and Pediatric Care Manager, who
assisted managers with navigating the system to approve time cards and training.
Nurse Katherine Panich Edson
celebrates the arrival of a new
baby at Cascade.
Leaders: Kronos Monday is July 4
Kronos Monday is July 4: Leaders, please log-in and sign-off on Kronos
timesheets Monday, July 4. The more timesheets signed-off on the 4th, the
better. Payroll staff will be available on the 4th should you need
assistance. If you can’t sign-off on Monday, July 4, we’re asking you to have
KRONOS signed-off no later than 8 a.m. on July 5. The goal is to meet the
Thursday, July 7 Direct Deposit deadline.
If you have payroll questions, please contact Winetta Bemis at
[email protected] or Patricia DeCarteret at
Ramy Hanna, MD performs a
procedure in one of two cardiac
catheterization labs at Skagit
Connections is your resource for updates and information
about this transformational implementation project
Direction Sessions are Complete!
Last week, phase one of the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
implementation wrapped up. Direction sessions took place in
nearly every conference room all over Skagit Valley Hospital.
Even the Board of Commissioners were forced to find
temporary meeting space last week!
A big shout out goes to the many providers and staff from
Cascade Valley who made the trip north to participate in
these sessions! Your voice and perspective were valuable
contributions to these critical decisions.
Clinical Content Design will begin in early July. This is
where specialty groups assemble to develop content and
workflows. “Standardization of workflow makes it easier to
follow best practices and do the right thing for our patients,”
notes Jeffrey S. Gibbs, MD, Regional Vice President of
Medical Affairs. “These are really important steps that
require thoughtful participation throughout the process.”
Next up: Workflow Adoption sessions
Adoption sessions will take data from Direction sessions and
configure it inside the Epic system for further review and
validation. These are the first steps in customizing Epic’s
foundation system to fit the joint Skagit and Cascade
organization. The first Adoption sessions are August 10-11.
Join the conversation! Talk with your managers and directors
about the EHR implementation project, accept meeting
invitations for Epic demonstrations, and watch for e-mails
with “Epic” or “EHR” in the subject line. You can also e-mail
questions to [email protected].
Many of the Next Gen and Meditech
support personnel at Skagit Regional
Health have transitioned to the EHR
For quick tech support, contact the helpdesk
Skagit Valley staff: enter a support ticket through the
intranet or call the support line (x2555).
Cascade Valley staff: send an e-mail to
[email protected] or call the tech support line