A resilient team
As the country reels from the COVID pandemic, I am proud of our providers for their continued attention to our patients’ and community’s needs. A prime example is Dr. Robert Holland, who briefly retired, but returned to offer temporary help with much-needed services in our Women’s Center.
In 2021, Drs. Michael Lewis and Ramchander Madhavarapu became honorary members of the Professional Staff. Along with Dr. Holland, Dr. Hugh Sabahi announced his retirement. And, even though it technically happened the first week of 2022, Dr. Katherine Merrill also became an honorary member of the Professional Staff.
Our services continue to expand. Vascular surgery offerings allow more care for dialysis patients on the coast, requiring less travel for the creation of elective shunts and fistulas. As we actively recruit for a third orthopedist, we are well on our way to qualifying as a Level III Trauma Center.
Positioning our providers as OHSU employees was completed in July 2021. The partnership between CMH and OHSU’s system is invaluable for our community. The input of OHSU’s intensive care consultants during this pandemic has been extremely helpful in the management of COVID patients.
The pandemic has affected all aspects of care, causing significant strain on hospitals throughout the world. The resiliency of our staff was tested and found to be outstanding. I’m thankful to work with so many hardworking, caring providers on the Professional Staff at CMH.