Faculty/Staff News 11/13

News @ Emma Jones Hall

New employee

Jennifer MeneghinJennifer Meneghin is the new Informatics Web Developer/Research Assistant 2. She will be designing and building database-driven web applications, reports and automation tools. She has a graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics from OHSU and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Portland State University. Before joining OHSU, she was a bioinformatics research assistant for the Reysenbach Lab (Biology Department) at PSU and a software engineer for Griggs-Anderson/Gartner Research. Her hometown is Sherwood. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, cooking and reading.


Elizabeth Steiner, MDSen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD, won the Oregon Public Health Association Policy Champion award for her work in the Oregon legislature promoting legislation and funding associated with public health concerns. The award was presented at the annual OPHA conference on Oct. 14 in Corvallis. 

During the 2013 Oregon Legislative session she championed more than a dozen bills that will significantly improve the health of Oregonians. Highlights of Senator Steiner Hayward’s policy accomplishments this year include: 

  • Senate Bill 436 that requires coordinated care organizations to include strategies for use of school-based health centers in community health improvement plan.
  • Senate Bill 444 prohibiting smoking in cars when minors are present.
  • Senate Bill 823 requiring Oregon Health Authority to create new programs and expand existing programs to increase capacity statewide to provide mental health services and serve individuals with mental illness. (While SB 823 did not pass during the 2013 legislative session, Sen. Steiner Hayward was a strong voice in publicly advocating for bill passage.)

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News @ Gabriel Park

Patient visits for September: 3,322 (116 under goal)

Phone Abandonment Rate: 3.74% Golden Phone Award Winner

Lisa Ishmael, MANew employees

Lisa Ishmael is a new Certified Medical Assistant. She will be doing working with Eric Wiser, MD, and Laurel Witt, MD, in procedures and helping to keep their clinics running smoothly. She is a graduate of the Concorde Career Institute and has certification through AAMA. Prior to joining Gabriel Park, she was a medical assistant with the OHSU Ambulatory Float Pool for five years, working in all outpatient clinics. Ishmael lives in Lake Oswego with her husband, three cats and a dog.S he enjoys scuba diving, traveling and gardening.

Elsa Colleran, MAElsa Colleran is a Certified Medical Assistant. She will be a relief medical assistant and health maintenance coordinator. She attended Apollo College where she completed medical assistant training. She also attended Mt. Hood Community College for pre-nursing studies. Before joining Gabriel Park, she worked at Kaiser Permanente. Her hometown is Guatemala City. She enjoys reading, short hikes and spending time with her two sons, ages 4 and 11.­

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News @ Richmond

Clinic Patient Visits for September: 4,154 – 306 over goal

Walk-in Patient Visits for September: 421 – 46 under goal

Clinic Phone Abandonment Rate: 9.57% 

Walk-in Phone Abandonment Rate: 6.26%

New employee

Misty Caffey, administrative assistantMisty Caffey is the new Administrative Assistant. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Findlay, Findlay, OH. Prior to joining Richmond, she was an executive assistant at Concertra Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care. Her hometown is Hermiston. She enjoys horseback riding, photography, running, reading, kayaking, computers, organizing events/projects and learning new things.


Kay Dickerson, Richmond board member, has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the Individual Responsibility & Health Engagement Task Force. 

Conferences attended

Jean Baker, Richmond board chair; Brad Fortier, board member; and Ern Teuber, executive director, attended the Northwest Regional Primary Care Conference on Oct. 19-11 in Seattle. 

Erin Kirk, clinic quality manager, attended Sustaining Lean in Health Care on Oct. 23 in Portland. She also attended Achieving Excellence in Health Care through Patient Engagement on Oct. 14 in Portland. 

Rachael Postman, RN, participated in the “Food as Medicine” session of the Multnomah County Food Justice Summit on Oct. 18 in Portland. Representatives from local clinics experimenting with innovative ways to bring affordable healthy produce to our low-income patients were invited to present. Postman presented her work on bringing a produce vendor to Richmond Clinic to provide affordable, healthy produce to low-income patients.  


Sebastian Thomas Olin was born at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. He weighed in at 7 pounds, five ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Proud parents are Melissa Olin, MA, and Brandon Olin.

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News @ Scappoose

Patient visits for September:  2,333 (252 under goal)

Phone Abandonment Rate: 4.97%

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News @ South Waterfront

Patient visits for September: 3,516 (330 under goal)

Phone Abandonment Rate: 5.89%

New employees

Jason Maudlin is a new medical assistant. He will be rooming patients, taking vitals, asking pertinent questions and assisting providers as needed. Maudlin has an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology and is currently working on Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. Most recently, Maudlin was employed as a MA at Doernbecher's Children's Hospital and served as a US Navy FMF Corpsman.

Lanette Smith is the new PAS. She will be scheduling, handling incoming calls, answering patient questions, routing clinic needs and other information dissemination. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies. Prior to joining South Waterfront, Smith worked in diagnostic scheduling at St. Luke's Health System in Boise.She lives in Columbia City with her children Alex, 17, and Faye, 13. She enjoys swimming, road trips, movies, learning something new and cooking.

Flu Clinic

The Walk-in Flu Clinic is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 22. Both new and established patients are accepted.

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