Partnership Opens Doors For Pediatric Specialists

Having a seriously ill child is frightening and stressful enough on its own. Last year, about 5,500 Marion and Polk county families had been living with the added expense and inconvenience of regularly traveling to downtown Portland for services their kids couldn’t get anywhere else.

That’s why a team of representatives from Salem Health, Salem-area physicians’ offices and OHSU began meeting — to come up with solutions for the gaps in health care coverage in the mid-Willamette Valley.

One of those solutions is a new pediatric care clinic offering expanded specialty care.
The OHSU Doernbecher Pediatric Specialties Clinic – Salem opened on Sept. 21 and has already seen more than 140 patients. OHSU Doernbecher physicians run and staff the clinic, but it is housed in Building C of the Salem Health main campus.

What does the new clinic offer?
The pediatrics specialty clinic offers many of the same technical capabilities available at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, including:
• Cardiology
• Developmental pediatrics
• Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology
• General surgery
• Pulmonology
• Spine
• Urology

To help extend the reach of Portland’s pediatric specialists to the Salem community, the clinic also has a telemedicine cart — a video system where patients can communicate with doctors outside the hospital.

Salem Health’s affiliation with OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital helps provide access to the most advanced technology and expertise. As the partnership continues to grow, Salem Health and OHSU hope to provide greater convenience and exceptional care to even more Salem-area families.