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Salem Clinic’s own Dr. Kathleen Harder is Giving Back

Salem Clinic’s own Dr. Kathleen Harder is giving back to the community by running for school board director on the May 16th ballot!

Dr. Kathleen Harder has been an internal medicine physician for twenty-five years and practicing at Salem Clinic since 2010, when she and her husband, Dr. Robert Harder, moved to Salem from Oklahoma. Dr. Kathleen Harder is a part of the Clinic’s hospital-based medicine team, caring for patients hospitalized at Salem Hospital.

Riveting; Pocket, Purse, Palm… Salem Clinic Goes Mobile!

Salem Clinic launched a mobile-friendly website on July 20th of this year! What does that mean? We have all viewed websites from our phones that are too small to read and difficult to navigate… so frustrating! A mobile-friendly site is one that is designed to be accessed from a phone or tablet. Buttons and font are larger; photos are fewer; available information is more concise. How does your phone know which version of your website to open? It doesn’t; the website decides what you get. Wait, what? Web programmers write code into their websites that direct users to their regular site or mobile based on one or more tests. Some redirect based on screen size; if your screen width is less than 800 pixels, you go to mobile. Other tests are more complicated.

When you access the from a desktop PC, that’s exactly what you get. When you access from a mobile device, you are silently redirected to If you’re curious, type the “m.” ahead of the address on your desktop…. you’ll be able to see the essential- only mobile version of our site. Our m. site features our locations and hours, access to MyChart, rotating patient comments and an option to redirect out to the full website. Simple.

MyChart is the patient accessible portion of the Epic electronic health record. Within MyChart, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, patients can: review test results and medications, send a message to their provider, request an appointment, view past and present appointment details, track progress on health goals and access their families’ MyChart accounts.

On October 17th, the Clinic launched a mobile-based QR scan survey. The codes are available in all exam spaces for patients to scan for access to the survey. Participants have the option to leave a comment, take a brief survey or take and in-depth survey. This is an opportunity for the Clinic to capture complaints, concerns or compliments in real time.

The Clinic provides free WiFi (wireless internet access) to patients at all Clinic locations. The network is named “guest” and it’s easy to join.

The Salem Clinic facebook page is steadily gaining momentum, with over 800 followers to date and 101 five stars (of which we could use some more, wink, wink). Patients “Check In” at our various locations everyday using their smart phones. They share with their friends and families when they are at urgent care due to an injury, when they are nervous about an MRI or excited about an OB ultrasound!

Coming Soon… Next month, the Clinic will go-live with Televox. Televox is a service that interfaces with Epic to perform automated appointment reminders calls or text messaging based on each patient’s preference. In early 2017, the Clinic will implement kiosks for self-service appointment check-in. For certain appointment types, a patient will be able to check-in through their MyChart account which will create a code to swipe on the kiosk at arrival to let nursing staff know the patient is ready to be seen.

Our strides into embracing the third screen (mobile devices) are pretty exciting! Do you have ideas for other mobile services we should offer? Text 503.931.1337 with your thoughts.

Meet Dr. Evans

Dr. Matt Evans began practice at Salem Clinic on August 1, 2016. On a very hot afternoon soon after, Dr. Evans had a break in his schedule and agreed to a brief interview.

What made you decide to become a doctor?
Dr. Evans did not always know that he wanted to be a doctor. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and entered Arizona State University wanting to pursue a career in something creative. That direction was turned on end when he was just nineteen years old. Dr. Evans became ill over winter break from school and continued to get increasingly more sick as weeks moved on. He was very thirsty all of the time, urinating more frequently than normal, losing weight, feeling tired, etc. When he finally went to see a doctor, he learned that he had become type one diabetic. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning his immune system mistakenly attacked the cells in his pancreas that make insulin. Dr. Evans, or then Matt, found this progression fascinating and it spurred his interest in medicine. Just three years after his diagnosis, Dr. Evans’ older brother called him to talk through some symptoms he was experiencing; he too was diagnosed with type one diabetes. The tendency to develop autoimmune diseases can be passed down through families.

Dr. Evans, despite wearing an insulin pump, does not let his disease slow him down. In 2011, he followed his brother-in-law into the sport of mountaineering and they set out to climb Grand Teton Mountain. Dr. Evans’ blood sugar monitoring meter began to fail at the higher the altitudes due to cold temperatures. Blood sugar management is very important during strenuous activity. He thought quickly about what to do and decided to tuck the meter into his waist line… to warm it. The meter was indeed too cold. When it was warmed, it resumed functionality and Dr. Evans was able to test his blood sugar and make an adjustment. The climb ended at 14,000 feet and included over 1,000 feet of technical rock climbing.

Mountaineering is now just one of the outdoor sports Dr. Evans loves; he also enjoys rock climbing, backcountry splitboarding, mountain biking and simply hiking with his family. His last hike, before this interview, included carrying his two year old daughter in a backpack with his four year older daughter walking the whole way on her own in Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyon. Dr. Evans is trying to instill a love of nature into his children.

Dr. Evans emphasizes three keys to health and well-being for his patients; a healthy diet, regular physical exercise and a close relationship with nature. Dr. Evans discovered and fell in love with Oregon during a family vacation here near the end of his family medicine training.

Dr. Evans has a special interest in treating patients with chronic diseases, as he can uniquely connect with them, given his own experience with diabetes. Dr. Evans can be found in the family medicine department at the Salem Clinic – Main office. Stop by and say hi; you won’t be sorry!

MRI & MRI Safety at Salem Clinic

Salem Clinic has offered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) since 2009. MRI is a noninvasive way for your healthcare provider to examine your organs, tissues and skeletal system through high-resolution images. MRI can aide in the diagnosis of a variety of problems.  MRI is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

The MRI machine at Salem Clinic is a large, tube-shaped magnet. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images, like slices in a loaf of bread.

Why should you care about MRI safety? An MRI machine is a large magnet. Magnets pull ferrous materials (metals that contain iron) toward themselves with great force. The MRI machine at Salem Clinic features a 1.5T magnet. The “T” stands for Tesla, a standard unit of measure for magnetic strength. This is three hundred times stronger than a standard magnet, at 50 microtesla, used to hold a photo to your refrigerator at home. The magnetic force exerted on a metallic object increases exponentially as it nears the MRI machine. For example, a common wrench in your hand may jiggle a little at fifteen feet from the magnet, but it would be pulled from your grip and take flight from three feet away. When ferromagnetic objects fly toward a magnet it is called a missile effect, as the projectile is drawn to the magnet with considerable force. As you can imagine, this strong magnetic field can become dangerous if not properly managed.

Steven Samawi, MD – NEW to Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Samawi has joined our OB/GYN team. Please check out his profile page.

Matt Evans, MD – NEW to Family Medicine

Dr. Evans has joined our family medicine team. Please check out his profile page.

Mark Puscas, MD – NEW to Urgent Care

Dr. Puscas has joined our urgent care team. Please check out his profile page.

Jim Stier, MD – NEW to Hospital Medicine

Dr. Stier has joined the physicians in our hospital medicine team. Please check out his profile page.

Jennifer Ham, CNM – NEW to Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ms. Ham has joined our OB/GYN team. Please check out her profile page.

Anne Wild, MD – NEW to Family Medicine

Dr. Wild has joined our family medicine team. Please check out her profile page.

April 30, 2015
We are proud share our recent accreditation award through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)! Our imaging department has always assisted in the training of new comers to the imaging field; now we are accredited for the teachings we provide. JRCERT promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education(USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

Jonathan Durning, MD, FACS - NEW to Surgery

Jonathan Durning has joined our surgery team. Please check out his profile page.

Sheethu Sadasivan, MD - NEW to Hospital Medicine

Dr. Sadasivan has joined the physicians in our hospital medicine department. Please check out her profile page.

Jane-Frances Akpamgbo, MD - NEW to Primary Health Care Clinic

Dr. Akpamgbo has joined the providers in our family medicine department. Please check out her profile page.

PRESS RELEASE - January 2, 2015

Dr. Mark A. Harrington joins Salem Clinic, PC.

Family medicine physician, Mark A. Harrington DO, has joined the 80+ provider multi-specialty medical group. He will begin seeing patients at the Salem Clinic – South site located at 2531 Boone Road SE next week. Dr. Harrington is welcoming new patients at this time, but his patient panel is expected to fill up quickly given the growing demand for primary care physicians in the area. Over six hundred new patients registered at Salem Clinic alone each month throughout 2014.

Mark Harrington, DO is just the latest of several doctors recently recruited to Salem by Salem Clinic. 2014 was a record year of growth for the ninety year old clinic with ten new physician and three new mid-level provider hires. The extreme growth was attributed to the clinic’s expansion of their urgent care line of business to include a third location with a seven day a week operation; the expansion of their hospital-based medicine program to include twenty-four hour coverage hospitalized Salem Clinic patients; and addressing the community need for well-trained and experienced primary care physicians, like Dr. Harrington. “Salem Clinic was very fortunate to receive so many high quality applicants to choose from in 2014” said Chief Administrative Officer Barbara Gunder.

A native of California and married to a Portlander, Dr. Harrington comes to Salem after twelve years in the US Army where he worked as a physician caring for service members, their families, and retirees. He has a special place in his heart for pediatrics, but enjoys all aspects of family medicine. When Dr. Harrington is not seeing patients, he is most likely found attending one of his five children’s activities, playing golf, running or tinkering with his car.

In addition to Dr. Harrington today, there are already two more physicians slated to join the physician-owned Salem Clinic, P.C. in 2015.

Christopher Hawkins, MD - NEW to Family Medicine

Christopher Hawkins has joined the physicians in our Family Medicine department. Please check out his profile page..

John M. Moley, MD - NEW to Internal Medicine

John Moley has joined the physicians in our hospital medicine department. Please check out his profile page..

Shahab Akbari, MD - NEW to Family Medicine

Shahab Akbari has joined the physicians in our Family Medicine department. Please check out his profile page..

Praneet Nanduri, MD - NEW to Internal Medicine

Praneet Nanduri has joined the physicians in our Internal medicine department. Please check out his profile page..

Lisa Matlock, FNP - NEW to Hospital Medicine

Lisa Matlock has joined the physicians in our hospital medicine department. Please check out her profile page..

Nancy Dougherty, MD - NEW to Urgent Care

Dr. Nancy Dougherty joined our Urgent Care physicians in July of 2014. Please check out her profile page.