Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Practice Scope: Hospital-based ED practice at an Oregon Level IV designated trauma hospital
Affiliated Hospital: Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (SAMC) – Ontario
Practice Model: Employment or PSA
Requirements: Individual with a doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree (MD/DO); successful completion of an ACGME or AOA accredited emergency medicine residency program; current, unrestricted full medical license in Oregon; valid controlled substance registration with Oregon Board of Pharmacy and DEA; current board certification in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) (or board admissible with board certification within 2 years of initial appointment); provide documentation of provision of emergency medicine services representative of the scope and complexity of the privileges requested in a Joint Commission - accredited hospital comparative to SAMC-Ontario in census and acuity of patients during the previous year (waived for applicants who completed training during the previous year); satisfy other applicable clinical experience qualifications as set forth by the SAMC-Ontario Department of Emergency Medicine in its delineation of privileges.
Work Schedule: 146 (≈ 12 hour) shifts per year (1,752 hours per year); incremental compensation provided for shifts in excess of 12 per month.
Call: No call
EMR/EHR: Inpatient EMR /Order Entry: Cerner PowerChart®
Practice Opportunity Highlights
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario (SAMC-O) is a 49 bed acute care, not for profit hospital serving Ontario, Oregon and the surrounding communities in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho. SAMC-O has an excellent opportunity for a board certified (or board admissible) emergency medicine physician to practice in its Emergency Department, which has a Level IV Trauma Designation from the State of Oregon. The well-qualified candidate will commit to a multi-disciplinary team approach to patient care and support the regional needs of the Oregon Trauma System and the Saint Alphonsus Trauma Network. Requirements include a strong clinical background and completion of an accredited emergency medicine residency training program. The opportunity also requires Oregon medical licensure and granting of privileges at SAMC-Ontario.
There are approximately 19,000 - 20,000 visits to the Emergency Department (ED) at SAMC-O in a given year. The ED typically averages between 50-55 patients per day; ambulance arrivals are approximately 9 per day. The ED is equipped with 9 private rooms and 6 bays (4 semi-private cardiac and 2 semi-private trauma bays). While the ED underwent a major remodel about 10 years ago, it is in the midst of some additional remodeling and continues to exude a modern feel and look.
Lab, X-ray and CT are onsite 24-7; ultrasound and pharmacy are available 24-7 on an on-call basis. SAMC-O enjoys 100%, 24-7 coverage with its inpatient hospitalist program, general surgery, orthopedics, OB and ophthalmology services. The facility is also a certified stroke center with immediate access to the Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS) stroke center neurologists utilizing telemedicine technology. The ED has a hot load agreement with a regional life flight transport service (< 30 minutes) with STEMI transfer to Boise for Cath Lab services. The registered nursing (RN) staff are all ACLS/PALS certified; presently, 85% of RNs have completed the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC).
Hospital-based imaging services include a 24/7 radiology department with in-house coverage for general radiology and CT; there is after hours call coverage for ultrasound and nuclear medicine (NM). In addition, the hospital offers MRI (MRI available on weekdays). X-ray consists of both CR and DR image capture technology. Minimally invasive special procedures performed at SAMC-O include: PICCs, pain management and tunneled catheter placements (using a Philips Fluoro Machine and a Siemens Arcadis Orbic C-Arm). The CT department boasts the area’s largest, fastest and lowest dose CT scanner. A Toshiba 80 slice scanner was installed last year and produces amazing images at a fraction of the dose. In 2013, NM installed a new Siemens Symbia in a fully remodeled room which complements a Philips Forte NM camera. MRI has a stable and extremely well respected magnet. The Siemens Symphony 1.5 T magnet was installed in late 2006 and produces excellent images and provides excellent patient comfort. Last year, the Ultrasound Department replaced all if its equipment with new Philips IU22s.
About Saint Alphonsus Health System
SAMC-O is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS), a growing four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Medical Group (SAMG), a physician led and accountable 300 provider multispecialty group practice, is also part of SAHS and has a full complement of primary care providers and specialists within its network. SAHS is a member of Trinity Health / Catholic Healthcare East, the second largest Catholic Health System in the nation. To learn more about Saint Alphonsus, please visit www.saintalphonsus.org.
Saint Alphonsus is the regional leader in telemedicine innovation and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to integrate the use of telemedicine into his/her practice to reach and better serve outlying communities and to consult with surgeons and specialists at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (SARMC) in Boise, an American College of Surgeons (ACoS) nationally verified Level II Trauma Center.
The Saint Alphonsus Trauma Network spans southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada and brings a level of medical responsiveness that is unmatched throughout the region. Within SAHS, SARMC in Boise is a Level II Trauma Center, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa is a Level III facility and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Ontario and Baker City are Level IV facilities. The Saint Alphonsus Trauma Service in Boise is staffed by six Trauma and Acute Care General Surgeons, who admit and manage trauma and surgical critical care patients.
Saint Alphonsus Health System Values, Mission and Vision
Guided by our core values of respect, social justice, compassion, care of the poor and underserved and excellence, we at Saint Alphonsus serve together, in the spirit of the Gospel, to heal body, mind and spirit, to improve the health of our communities and to steward the resources entrusted to us.
Unified by our faith-based mission, SAHS will:
- Provide healing and hope, close to home
- Help our communities grow and thrive
- Be a trusted partner for life
- Deliver value in everything we do
Saint Alphonsus Health System Guiding Behaviors
Saint Alphonsus establishes and promotes the following guiding behaviors:
- we support each other in serving;
- we communicate openly, honestly, respectfully and directly;
- we are fully present;
- we are all accountable;
- we trust and assume goodness in intentions;
- and we are continuous learners.
It is our cultural expectation that all providers emulate and model these guiding behaviors. Moreover, as a physician led and accountable organization, we greatly value the input and leadership of our physicians and encourage each physician to actively participate in department meetings and in matters of practice/service line development. As continuous learners, we encourage and promote ongoing continuing medical education (CME) activities for our providers. Further, as part of our shared vision to become a trusted health partner for life, we strive to continuously increase patient satisfaction and loyalty.
Ontario & Fruitland Community Highlights
Ontario, Oregon (pop. 11,245), the largest city in Malheur County (pop. 31,615), is located on the eastern edge of Oregon. It is one hour from Boise (a mid-sized metro area of 640,000) and midway between Salt Lake City and Portland. Located on the Snake River, it is part of the area known as Idaho’s Western Treasure Valley. The geography has spacious, rugged areas as well as prime agricultural growing land. The people in the area come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including those of Japanese, Basque, Mexican & Native American descent.
Across the Snake River – which serves as the area’s Idaho-Oregon border – lie the cities of Fruitland and Payette, Idaho. Fruitland (pop. 4,600) is a small rural community and is the geographic center of the surrounding cities of Ontario, Payette, Weiser, and New Plymouth. It is the first city and western entrance to Idaho’s picturesque Treasure Valley (aka the Boise Valley). Fruitland is flanked by the Snake River on the west, the Payette River on the north and farmland on the south and east. As its name indicates, it is the center of one of the most productive fruit growing areas in Idaho. The city of Payette (pop. 7,500) lies adjacent to Fruitland.
The cities of Ontario and Fruitland serve as the retail, service and medical center hub for 70,000 people within a 20-mile radius. Interstate 84 and Oregon Highways 20/26, 30, and 201 all pass through Ontario; U.S. Highway 95 connects with Ontario via the Snake River Bridge on the Idaho/Oregon border. The regional economy is agriculturally based and includes crops and locally raised livestock. Trucking companies as well as Union Pacific rail lines help transport these commodities and processed foods to markets throughout the nation and the world. There is also a growing retail sector that attracts shoppers from throughout the area.
The area offers wonderful neighborhoods in which to raise a family and provides great schools, shopping and a number of recreational opportunities. There are attractive and affordable housing options to include townhouses, apartments in quiet, gated communities, and country and mountain homes. A wide diversity of religious groups provides opportunity for worship and volunteer service. There are 30 congregations of different persuasions, including the only Buddhist Temple in Eastern Oregon. These rural, small town settings are complemented by the fact that the big-city amenities of Boise, Idaho are less than an hour away.
The Ontario School District (8C) includes a high school, middle school and five elementary schools enrolling approximately 2,800 students. Voters in the community recently approved a school bond to finance construction and upgrades to existing schools. There are also two private schools and one charter school serving students K-8, two Head Start programs serving around 250 students, and several day care/pre-school centers. A local association provides support for home schooling families. The Fruitland School District (373) includes a high school, middle school, elementary school and an alternative Preparatory Academy; student enrollment in the district is approximately 1,750 students. Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) provides educational, athletic musical, and cultural activities for students and the public, and an extension of Eastern Oregon University is housed in the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
Recreational activities are a highlight of the surrounding area. The beautiful Owyhee Mountains and Boise National Forest are within a short drive. Just north of the Boise Valley, world class river rafting can be found on the Payette River. The nearby Leslie Gulch-Succor Creek National Back Country Byway offers views of some of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in eastern Oregon and provides many striking geologic formations. The Snake River flows to the south and is home to many wineries and fruit farms. Other area recreation includes swimming, water skiing, bicycling, boating, hunting, hiking, and world-class fly fishing; snow sports are enjoyed on nearby slopes.
Ontario has a community aquatic center, 18-hole municipal golf course, a movie theater with 8 screens, a bowling alley, fitness centers, the Four Rivers Cultural Center and over 61 acres of parks – including 5 municipal parks, 1 state park and a skate park. Major local events include America’s Global Village Festival, Japanese-American Obon Festival, Malheur County Fair, Winter Wonderland Parade and Basque Dinner & Dance.
Boise Metropolitan Area
The Boise Metropolitan Area is anchored by the cities of Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell. With a population of roughly 640,000, this southwestern Idaho region is a commercial center in the Northwest, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and a flourishing scene for arts and entertainment. Several high-profile publications rank the Boise metro area as one of the best places in the country to do business and live.
- Outside Magazine recently said, “The winner for best overall town in the western U.S. is Boise, Idaho.”
- Forbes recently ranked the Boise metro area 2nd for raising a family; particularly noting its low crime and high school quality, not to mention the chance to mix urban and outdoor lifestyles.
- CNN/Money ranks the Boise metro area 3rd best place to retire and also named Idaho as the friendliest state for small businesses.
- Medscape Medical News identifies Idaho as the Best State to practice medicine in the West & Northwest Region of the U.S.