A note from our Administrator

More than half of 2021 has flown by! With the arrival of summer and the final reopening of Oregon and Washington, our patient volumes have returned. Children are back playing outdoors with renewed vigor, resulting in record numbers in our Walk-in Fracture and Sports Injury Clinic. A special thanks to our registration team and outpatient clinic staff who are working hard to ensure that these patients are seen along with the normal clinical volume.

Our physician liaisons’ work has also been critical to our significant referral increases and work in promoting our outreach clinics. As the referrals increase, so has the great effort with our patient access team. Over the past year, our patient access team has implemented several measures to improve processes that have significantly reduced the response time to our referring physicians. These measures help ensure that our patients are scheduled in a timely manner.

Looking to the final months of 2021, the continued effort of getting more patients scheduled and seen in our clinics will ensure that the Portland Shriners Hospital is able to achieve our 2021 goals. I hope you will join me in giving a special thanks to our staff in these areas as they are the front door to serving more patients at Shriners Hospital for Children — Portland.

Thank you!

Dereesa Reid, MBA
Hospital Administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland

Meet our Standard Bearer Audrey!

We’re excited to announce Audrey as our standard bearer for the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas this October! Audrey is one of 22 patients who have been nationally selected to represent Shriners Hospitals for Children during the official PGA tournament in Las Vegas.

Learn how you can support Audrey on this experience of a lifetime by clicking the link below.

Introducing Sydney and Seth
2021-2022 National Patient Ambassadors

Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system’s patients. The ambassadors spend the year sharing their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity and the ways Shriners Hospitals has made a dramatic difference in their lives. 

This year, new National Patient Ambassadors Seth and Sydney will be joined by Connor and Mia, who are continuing their National Patient Ambassador journey after a year interrupted by the pandemic. We are honored to have these four impressive young people advocating for our health care system. 

Click the image above to watch Reaching New Heights: The Stories of Sydney and Seth.

Transforming Lives:
First Lady’s program for 2021 announced

As many of you know, every year in July during Imperial Session a new Potentate and First Lady are announced. With this transition to new leadership, the First Lady also announces a specific program to promote and support through fundraising efforts. This year, First Lady Debby Bailey’s program Transforming Lives is focused on shining a light on the amazing contributions Shriners Hospitals for Children brings to the field of scoliosis and supporting the many aspects of care that go towards helping children diagnosed with scoliosis.Our very own Michelle Welborn, M.D. is featured during the video to discuss the care we provide for children with scoliosis. 

Watch the video by clicking on the image above to learn more about this program!

Congratulations to our staff!

Congratulations to our staff who received academic appointment promotions at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)! Michelle Welborn, M.D. and Jeremy Bauer, M.D. are now Associate Professors and Robert Bernstein, M.D. and Ronen Schweitzer, M.D. are now Professors.

This recognition is noteworthy because these academic appointments require a certain level of productivity in teaching, research, and service. Moving from one level to another requires an extensive application process, letters of recommendation, and support from peers. 

Join us in congratulating these staff members on their achievement!

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