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Our members know their states! This weeks featured member is Stacee Reed in Oregon. Stacee has reached out to a few of the facilities she works with to see why they choose to live and work in Oregon. See what Jen Hoke, Valerie Fulleton, Barb Stoefen, and Amanda Judd have to say about Oregon, their facilities, and why they love their state. 

Name:  Jen Hoke

City, State: Burns, Oregon

Organization: Harney District Hospital & Family Care Clinic

How long have you lived in Oregon? Why do you choose to live here? 
24 years; I choose to live here because it’s beautiful and the weather is fabulous.  I get all four seasons and there is very little humidity in the summer months.  I love Eastern Oregon because of the 300+ days of sunshine, wide-open spaces and the recreational activities that abound.

 

Why should a health professional choose Oregon over surrounding states? 
I think a health care professional should not only choose Oregon, but they should choose Eastern Oregon, because of the work/life balance and the relationships a provider can have with the healthcare team and their patients.  Also, being in a more rural setting allows healthcare professionals to keep a variety of their skills up. 

Do you have any examples of how providers are valued within your organization/facility? 
Harney District Hospital is a stand-alone critical access hospital; the CEO truly does look for feedback from providers when it comes to clinical decisions.  Providers are looked to for clinical guidance and they are expected to collaborate together when making those decisions.

What one thing would you tell someone who is considering moving to Oregon?
DO IT! Great people, great location and great commute times!  There are times I literally have to wait for more deer to cross the road than cars!

If you enjoy the great outdoors, wide-open spaces, gorgeous sunsets and having relationships with co-workers & patients, then you should definitely check us out!

 

Name: Valerie Fulleton

City, State: Albany, OR

Organization: Samaritan Health Services

How long have you lived in Oregon? Why do you choose to live here? 
I have lived in Oregon all my life. I choose to live in Oregon because it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. From the gorgeous ocean beaches, the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River Gorge, our state is filled with many adventures and recreational opportunities. It is easy to take full advantage of the amazing hikes, ski resorts, campsites or beautiful scenic areas that are just a drive away. The people here are friendly and it is the type of community that I want to raise my kids in. 

Why should a health professional choose Oregon over surrounding states?
Oregon has a lot of opportunity for health professionals looking to relocate. Providers can choose to live in a variety of different sized communities to suit their lifestyle. Whatever they size they might be looking for Oregon has it! Our Coordinated Care Organizations that manage our Medicaid patients gives providers opportunities to think outside the box and find creative and innovate ways to remove barriers and stigmas and ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible.

Do you have any examples of how providers are valued within your organization/facility? 
I love that Samaritan, while being a five-hospital health system, is very approachable. Our system is set-up to ensure that all providers have a voice can work at the top of their license and have the ability to balance work and family in a way that fits their needs. 

What one thing would you tell someone who is considering moving to Oregon?
Oregon is a bit of a hidden gem. Everyone who comes here falls in love with our state. Yes, it does rain in Oregon, but most will find each of our seasons is uniquely delightful -without the extreme heat or cold. 

Anything else you would like to share?   
Samaritan Health Services has been voted the healthiest employer in Oregon for many years in a row and received recognition nationally as well!  We are proud to be able to offer student loan payment options, as well as relocation and starting bonus.  In addition, we have opportunities for physicians with J-1 visas practicing in our rural areas. We love talking to providers about our different locations and job opportunities in our system!

 

Name: Barb Stoefen                       

City, State:  Bend, Oregon

Organization:  Praxis Medical Group

How long have you lived in Oregon? Why do you choose to live here? 
I have lived in Oregon 30 years! My husband and I left Silicon Valley careers and moved here when our family was young, looking for better work-life balance. So we hit the Oregon Trail in our Volvo station wagon and have never looked back.

Why should a health professional choose Oregon over surrounding states?  

Oregon has great quality of life, and is a very happening place. The state is known for:

  • Trees, lakes, rivers, mountains, clean air and abundant wildlife.
  • No sales tax!
  • Friendly people
  • Coffee… roasting coffee is popular in many towns and cities in the state.
  • Beer…  Oregon has more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city    
  • All things outdoors: Hiking, biking, climbing, running, skiing, river sports, golfing.
  • Wine country
  • Nike
  • Great state parks and national parks
  • Pac 12 sports – home to the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers
  • Rural tax credits for physicians and APP’s

Do you have any examples of how providers are valued within your organization/facility? 
A decision to join our team is to work alongside outstanding colleagues who offer exceptional medical care. Our clinics are like a family and providers choose Praxis because it feels like home. We offer the intimacy and collegiality of a small clinic environment, but with the support and security provided by a centralized and experienced administrative team. Each group functions much like an independent group, and retain its own name and culture.  Providers experience uncommon autonomy in their practices.

Relationships are paramount with us. We seek highly engaged providers and staff where everyone works together toward our common vision of accessible and quality health care for our patients.

What one thing would you tell someone who is considering moving to Oregon?
Outstanding quality of life. Don’t know why anyone would want to live anywhere else.

Anything else you would like to share? 
We are creative in assembling a physician compensation package that meets an individual’s needs.

 

Name: Amanda Judd

City, State: Astoria, Oregon

Organization: Columbia Memorial Hospital

How long have you lived in Oregon? Why do you choose to live here? 
I grew up in Oregon, but moved away for many years before returning in 2015. For me, Oregon is “home” as it is the familiar state I grew up in, but also because of how much its culture has grown and adapted over the years to stay current and relevant in an ever-changing environment. Living in the Lower Columbia Region provides me with the perfect balance of a small town environment to raise my family in, while still having easy access to Portland.  

Why should a health professional choose Oregon over surrounding states?
Oregon has plenty to see and do in nature and outdoor activities, but it still has easy access to large urban cities like Portland and Seattle. 

Do you have any examples of how providers are valued within your organization/facility?
Each year, CMH recognizes and celebrates caregivers who embrace the challenges and rewards of a career in health care by presenting the Spirit of Caring Awards. The nominated caregivers go above and beyond to create a warm and welcoming environment for patients, their families and fellow caregivers. 

What one thing would you tell someone who is considering moving to Oregon?
The people and communities throughout Oregon are truly amazing. We offer our friendships easily, and our communities offer unique events to showcase how they are both tightknit and welcoming. 

Anything else you would like to share?     
For CMH, the most important piece of recruitment is finding providers who are the right fit for the practice, but also the community. Being able to partner with 3RNet to connect with providers who are looking for communities like Astoria is an invaluable recruitment tool.  

Even though we are a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, the breadth of services we offer for our patients is truly extraordinary for a rural community. Practicing at our small hospital gives you the opportunity to directly see the impact you have on your patients and the community.

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