Community wellness center opens at Salem Hospital

Medical vocabulary and jargon can no doubt be confusing. Doctors spew out terms like myocardial infarction when they really mean heart attack.

Salem Hospital opens its new Community Health Education Center on October 15 for community members to research any question about the human body or work with experts on understanding a diagnosis.

Free one-on-one consultations are available with an experienced nurse or health educatter. For those who wish to discuss sensitive topics, there are private consultation rooms.

Also included in the 10,000 square foot space donated by the hospital is a library, classrooms, a support group room, a medical library, and a teaching kitchen.

“This [center] is 100% funded by the community and is meant for the communities use,” Sharon Heur, Education Services Manager at Salem Hospital, said.

Whether attending a class on cooking gluten-free for a celiac disease diagnosis or learning how to manage diabetes, useable information is available in variety of forms/

The center also aims to further educate it staff in order to better equip patient care. New technology is a part of the facilities, which boasts a smart board and video conferencing capabilities.

“The CHEC is unique in the Northwest, and nationally, in having all these resources available in one spot on a hospital campus,” Julie Howard, Communications Coordinator for Salem Health, said.


Pretty in pink

It’s own version of the Race for the Cure, the Salem YWCA presents the Discover Pink Awareness Walk on October 10.

Participants can choose to walk either a two and one quarter miles or three and a half miles to raise money and support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event, which begins at 9 a..m., starts and finishes at the YWCA’s new location on the corner of Broadway and Market streets.

Funds raised provide the YWCA Salem Women’s Health Program with discounted rates for clinical breast exams and mammograms/ultrasounds. Working with medical partners, such as Salem Radiology Consultants, YWCA can allow more low-income, uninsured, or under insured women of Marion and Polk counties access to breast cancer screening.

“Even in the best of times, the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program funding by the federal government only covered about 16% of women qualified for the program due to their low salary and lack of insurance,” Karla Iverson, Director of the Women’s Health Program and Women’s Health Resource Center, said.

Of the Susan G. Komen nine counties of concern for breast cancer in Oregon, Marion County has the highest diagnosis rate for breast cancer.  

“That’s pretty high, especially when you consider that Oregon is 5th in the country for breast cancer diagnosis,” Iverson said.

Discover Pink Walk is way ahead of last years enrollment, according to event organizers.

“The event has grown every year, and we’re hoping for at least 800 people this year.  We have about 300 [signed up] now.”

Adult registration is $20, youth registration (12-17) is $10 and children are free.

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