St. Alphonsus Health System
Print    Email
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)

General Surgery - Ontario

Specialty: General Surgery

Practice Scope: Full-spectrum general surgery practice (including endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures) within a vibrant and growing multispecialty group practice

Affiliated Hospital: Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (SAMC) – Ontario

Primary Location: Clinic and hospital-based practice on campus of SAMC-Ontario

Practice ModelEmployment

Status: Full-time


RequirementsIndividual with a doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree (MD/DO); successful completion of an ACGME or AOA accredited general surgery residency program; current, unrestricted full medical license in Oregon and Idaho; valid controlled substance registration with Idaho Board of Pharmacy and DEA; board certification through the American Board of Surgery (ABS) or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) (or obtain such certification within 3 years of employment).

Work ScheduleTypical schedule involves a minimum of 32 hours per week of patient contact time to include clinic responsibilities as well as hospital procedures, rounding and consults plus evenings and weekend call.

Call: 1:4 SAMC-O general surgery call rotation; call to be shared equitably among other eligible members of the SAMC–O Department of Surgery

EMR/EHR: Inpatient EMR /Order Entry: Cerner PowerChart® | paper charting; computerized scheduling and e-prescribing

Practice Opportunity Highlights

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group (SAMG) is a physician led and accountable 280+ provider multispecialty group practice that seeks a residency trained General Surgeon with training and experience in endoscopic and laparoscopic approaches, who is committed to a multi-disciplinary team approach to patient care and desires to develop a general surgery practice to support a growing multi-specialty medical group and the regional surgical needs of the Saint Alphonsus Health System.

Requirements include a strong clinical background, completion of a general surgery residency and ABS or AOBS board certification in general surgery. The opportunity also requires Oregon and Idaho medical licensure and granting of privileges at SAMC-Ontario and other health system affiliated hospitals as needed to strengthen the Health System’s regional general surgery program across all the communities we serve and specifically in the eastern Oregon region. Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS) 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.

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 Health System (SAHS) 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 will emulate these guiding behaviors and model them for all Saint Alphonsus associates.

As a physician led and accountable multispecialty group, we greatly value the input and leadership of our physicians and encourage each physician to actively participate in department meetings, SAMG leadership council and in matters of practice/service line development.

As continuous learners, we encourage and promote ongoing continuing medical education (CME) activities for our providers and will financially support your CME endeavors. Further, as part of our shared vision to become a trusted health partner for life, we strive to continuously increase patient satisfaction and loyalty.

About Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario

SAMC – Ontario is a 49 bed acute care, not for profit hospital serving Ontario and the surrounding communities in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho.  As a not-for-profit medical center, SAMC - Ontario reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. It focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment. Part of the reinvestment is the development of the $10,000,000 Fruitland Health Plaza, a state of the art, 30,000 square feet home to primary care and specialty physician offices along with a host of ancillary services such as lab, radiology and physical therapy that opened in October, 2012.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario (SAMC-O) has a highly trained and experienced staff that provides high-quality care to its surgical patients. Physicians include board certified surgeons in many specialties including general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, ENT, gynecology, urology and endoscopy; CRNAs provide anesthesia services at the medical center. SAMC-O performs more than 5,000 surgeries and procedures each year in its surgical services department, allowing staff to stay current with new technologies utilized by the surgeons on the medical staff.

A team of experienced healthcare professionals offers a comprehensive menu of surgical procedures to residents of the western Treasure Valley. While outpatient surgery is available for some procedures, other procedures require a recovery of one or more nights in the Medical Center.

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 and a comprehensive Breast Care Center. 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). Moreover, surgery uses three additional c-arms. 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.

The medical center is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System, 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 Health System 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

Community Highlights

Ontario (pop. 11,245), the largest city in Malheur County (pop. 31,615), is located on the eastern edge of Oregon and is one hour from Boise (a mid-sized metro area of 630,000) 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 this area come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including those of Japanese, Basque, Mexican, Native American and European descent.

While Ontario serves as the retail, service, and medical center for 167,000 people within a 45-mile radius, the hospital’s defined service area is comprised of 70,000 people. 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.

Ontario has an agriculturally based economy; crops include onions, potatoes, sugar beets, corn, alfalfa, mint, seeds, grain, and hay.  Livestock raised locally include:  cattle, sheep, llamas, and buffalo.  Trucking companies as well as Union Pacific rail lines help transport these commodities and processed food to markets throughout the nation and the world.  There is also a growing retail sector that attracts shoppers from throughout the area.

The Ontario School District (8C) includes a high school, a middle school, and five elementary schools for 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. Treasure Valley Community College 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.

The attractive and affordable housing in Ontario includes 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.

Outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to Ontario, which is close to the Leslie Gulch-Succor Creek National Back Country Byway.  The Byway offers views of some of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in eastern Oregon.  There are many striking geologic formations, such as vertical towers, pinnacles, and deep gorges, as well as the vibrant pinks, oranges, purples, and reds painted across the sandstone cliffs.

Recreation opportunities abound in Ontario, which has a community aquatic center, 18-hole municipal golf course, movie theater with eight screens, bowling alley, fitness centers, Four Rivers Cultural Center, and over 61 acres of parks, including five municipal parks, one state park, and a skate park.  Major local events include the America’s Global Village Festival, Japanese-American Obon Festival, Malheur County Fair, Winter Wonderland Parade, and Basque Dinner & Dance.  Other area recreation includes swimming, water skiing, bicycling, boating, hunting, hiking, and world-class fly fishing. Snow sports can also be found on nearby mountain slopes.

Contact Information

To apply for this position, or for further information, please contact Sylvia Chariton at 208-367-3074 or



Saint Alphonsus Health System  |  1055 North Curtis Road  Boise, ID 83706  |  208-367-2121

   Facebook       Twitter       YouTube