OHSU faculty assume care of Adventist emergency patients

As part of OHSU’s growing partnership with Adventist Health Portland, OHSU faculty assumed care July 1 of emergency room patients at Adventist’s outer east Portland medical center.

Clinicians in the OHSU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine now care for patients in four emergency rooms including at OHSU, Tuality in Hillsboro, Columbia Memorial in Astoria and now Adventist, bringing to 155,000 the number of patients these providers see in a year.

“We are incredibly proud of our expanding team and thrilled to join with the patient care team and staff at Adventist to provide top notch care to patients when they need it most,” said Mary Tanski, M.D., interim chair of emergency medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.

OHSU hired 15 new physicians and six advanced practice providers to take on the new assignment, including Drs. Bryce Edwards and Andrew Richards, (pictured, left to right) newly graduated from the OHSU emergency medicine residency program.

The team includes three physicians and three advanced practice providers from the private staffing company that had been covering the Adventist ER. The physicians come with a wide variety of specialty training including emergency medical services, ultrasound, wilderness medicine, internal medicine, toxicology and pediatric emergency medicine.

Adventist Emergency Department Medical Director Anthony Ferroggiaro and Associate Medical Director Marcus Chiodo credited the smooth transition, even during a busy holiday week in which providers saw nearly as many patients in seven days (134) as were seen in all of June, to excellent planning and collaboration between the OHSU and Adventist teams. Among many callouts, Dr. Ferroggiaro recognized the advance work and on-the-ground support of OHSU emergency department administrative leaders Stefanie Roland and Mirjana Kasap Trifunovic.

Said Dr. Ferroggiaro of the cross-team, interdisciplinary effort, “The positivity, practice and connections were outstanding.”

Photo caption: Above, from left, Drs. Matthew Neth (in black), Karen Ta, Eileen O’Sullivan and Mike Petrovich are among the new OHSU provider team at Adventist Health Portland’s emergency department.