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“Steve stories” highlight celebration for Dr. Jones

June 2013

Stephen Jones, M.D.

A formal celebration dinner honoring Stephen R. Jones, M.D., capped off the Internal Medicine Residency Program's Homecoming Reunion, May 3–4. Dr. Jones is the Swigert Chair of Medicine for the Legacy Residency Program in Internal Medicine.

More than 200 residency program alumni and guests joined in the evening celebration at Montgomery Park where Lewis Low, M.D., Legacy Health chief medical officer and senior vice president, welcomed the attendees.

Alumni travelled to the reunion from across the U.S. and Canada to reconnect with friends and colleagues throughout the two-day CME event.

Recounting special moments

At the dinner several program alums shared their "Steve stories," recounting a special moment or meaningful recollection of Dr. Jones and his impact on them and their careers. Speakers included Patrick Dunn, M.D.; James Shaw, M.D.; David Wakeling, D.O.; Robert Bailey, M.D.; Theresa Pham, M.D.; Paula Folger, M.D.; Wendy Levinson, M.D.; John Santa, M.D.; and Mark Miller, M.D.

In addition, a number of letters from dignitaries honoring Dr. Jones were read, including Christine Cassel, M.D., president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM); and John Kitzhaber, M.D., governor of Oregon.

"Collectively, the impact that the alumni of our relatively small program are having on health care across the country is remarkable," says Dr. Low. As examples, he pointed to Dr. Levinson, a former faculty member under Dr. Jones who is currently the chair of medicine at the University of Toronto, and who has been chair of the ABIM board and president of the Society for General Internal Medicine; and to Dr. Santa, who is the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. "To those of us in attendance at the dinner, it was clear that Steve Jones is the common denominator."

Swigert Chair of Medicine

Dr. Jones is the inaugural occupant of the Ernest G. Swigert Chair of Medicine, a position he has held since 1980. The dinner was a chance to honor Dr. Jones and the impact he has had on a generation of medical residents. It was also an opportunity to raise money to support this chair moving forward. His teaching and training has affected hundreds of students, internal medicine residents and the lives of countless people over the years.

A gift to the Ernest G. Swigert Chair of Medicine Endowment is a great tribute to Dr. Jones, as it ensures the outstanding program he has created continues. Increasing the endowment will raise awareness of the program, increase its attractiveness to both young internists and experienced physicians, and continues Legacy’s prominent role as community-based teaching hospitals.

For more information on how to make a donation, please contact Wendy Hill, associate director of Development and Planned Giving, Good Samaritan Foundation, 503-413-8123.

See Dr. Jones’ biography.

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