From the desk of Melinda Muller, M.D., interim Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Health
2021 brings hope, resilience remains key
Two months into the new year, and it feels like 2020 hasn’t left us yet. I know many of you were hopeful that 2021 would signal a turn in our luck and experience and in many ways, we are seeing that. Vaccines are being rolled out, albeit not as quickly or broadly as many of us would like, COVID-19 cases are down dramatically and there is hope for many parents that our children may get back to a more normal experience in the coming months. However, events like the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the recent snowstorm continue to test us.
Rescheduled evening session: February engagement M&M events with Legacy Sr. Vice Presidents
Session 1 – February 23, 6-7 p.m.
Session 2 – February 24, 7-8 a.m.
We’ll use our time to dive more deeply into one of our pillars for Provider and Physician Engagement, “Change Integration: Governance, Influence and Ownership.
New physician leaders
Every January we install new medical staff leaders who are charged with representing the voice of providers. Meet the newest presidents and learn about why they take on additional responsibility to represent their colleagues and find solutions to the issues impacting providers.
For 2021, several our medical staffs have new Officers and Medical Executive Committee Members that we’d like to share.
COVID-19 testing protocol remains in place for incoming patients
Legacy will continue requiring COVID-19 testing for patients entering our facilities, even if they have completed a vaccine regimen. The testing requirement remains a critical component of Legacy’s safety protocols to protect our patients, staff and community.
Patients who refuse a COVID-19 test will be placed in contact/droplet quarantine for the duration of their admission due to the unknown risk. If a test can be obtained during admission, the transmission-based precautions can be changed pending the results of the lab test.
Supply chain slowdown brings new processes for COVID-19 rapid PCR tests
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Provider reflection on first week of Woodburn community vaccinations
As primary care providers, we’ve been afraid for ourselves and our families while also trying to reassure our patients and our community. Being part of the solution and giving out vaccines wasn't thought of as something that would make us feel better as providers, but it did. It was rejuvenating.