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  • 11/25/2021 - Happy Thanksgiving

    Kids hugging their grandma on Thanksgiving“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward, American writer

    This quote brings to mind the many experiences our employees and health system have faced this year — days that were transformed into blessings by simple acts of kindness; work that became more meaningful in spite of the challenges; and opportunities that led us to innovate and adapt.

    I’m grateful for the positive moments every day as I watch and work with extraordinary people doing remarkable things. I am grateful to be part of our Asante team and proud of what we do for each other and our community.

    The work we do is not about the accolades; we do it to help make our community a healthier place to live. However, we couldn’t do that work without the generous support from our community.

    Whether through financial donations or heart-felt gifts of food and letters of encouragement, countless individuals, families, businesses and community groups have helped ensure our health care teams are supported and have the tools and resources needed to provide outstanding care. For that I am incredibly grateful, and I thank you.

    This Thanksgiving season, I hope you’ll find the time to do the things you enjoy most, that inspire you and focus on your wellbeing.

    To your good health,

    Scott Kelly
    Asante President and CEO

  • 10/18/2021 - Mandatory vaccinations

    patient holding hand of caregiverEvery day at Asante, we rise to the challenges before us.

    Over the past year and a half, the challenges created by the pandemic have come from many directions: capacity issues; PPE shortages; canceled procedures; visitation policies; supply chain disruption; and the list goes on.

    This month, we faced what may be our biggest challenge to date: the governor’s mandate for all health care workers to be vaccinated and what that means for our workforce. Legally, Asante must comply with the mandate, even though in doing so, it creates countless hardships for our employees and organization.

    I value every one of our employees and respect their choice on vaccination. I’m incredibly grateful for the thousands who are staying, while deeply saddened to lose even one person from our Asante team.

    Complying with the governor’s mandate is not an easy path for any of us working in health care; tough decisions have been made and personal choices weighed. In the end though, for Asante, it’s about doing the right thing for our patients and community.

    As with all our decisions, we put our patients at the center. It’s the core of who we are and of our Mission and Vision to be the trusted health partner for life — every person, every time. To gain that trust, our patients need to know we’ll provide them with the safest environment for care, and treatment that is healing and won’t expose them to a potentially life-threatening illness.

    A workforce that’s 100% vaccinated against COVID-19 will us help do that.

    In the coming months, our organization may not look the same; however, our commitment to safety and quality care will not waiver. Together, we are meeting this latest challenge to ensure Asante is here to help care for our community throughout the pandemic and into the future.

    Scott Kelly
    Asante President and CEO
  • 8/19/2021 - Thank you

    If you’ve read or watched local news lately, the headlines tell a story I never imagined possible: “We’re out of beds.” “Canceling all surgeries.” “Nowhere to transfer patients.” I can confirm that these accounts accurately reflect what Asante and our employees are facing daily.

    During this pandemic, our employees have shouldered some of the greatest burdens this community has ever faced. I, along with our leadership, will continue to pursue every possible measure to help relieve that burden.

    We continue to ask for help from the state, and in the coming week 150 nonclinical personnel from the Oregon National Guard will be arriving to help with staffing needs in our hospitals, the contact center and urgent care locations. Asante has also asked the state for clinical personnel support and is awaiting a decision on that request, and a few others.

    Our hospitals and medical clinics, along with others in Oregon and across the country, are at a critical tipping point in the pandemic as we care for an unprecedented number of patients. Through it all, we’ll continue to educate and share information with our community in a transparent, factual manner, and the voices of our employees will help tell our story through their experiences.

    It’s not easy hearing comments that go against what our health system knows to be true; however, we won’t be distracted from our Mission and Vision and what we do best, and that is to make a difference in the lives of people we serve by providing excellent patient care.

    “Thank you” hardly seems enough to express my gratitude for the compassion, dedication, skill and perseverance of our employees, medical staff and volunteers. They are respected and appreciated.

    Scott Kelly
    Asante President and CEO
  • 3/30/2021 - Happy Doctor's Day

    Today we celebrate Doctor's Day. Thank you to all the heroes at Asante who care for us daily and protected our community through this pandemic. We are grateful for all the sacrifices you made to keep us safe.

  • 12/30/2020 - Reflecting on 2020

    The holidays provide an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened during the year and what’s to come in the year ahead.

    I’m confident of a strong future for Asante, as well as for our Asante family, as we care for each other, our patients and our community.

    My warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy new year.

    Scott Kelly
    Asante President and CEO

  • 12/8/2020 - Shooting in Ashland

    At Asante, we are saddened by the recent shooting of Ashland resident Aidan Ellison. After a year of challenges with the pandemic and the wildfires, it is disturbing to see national trends of violence, allegedly along racial lines, also playing out in our local community.

    That is why Asante is committed to curtailing violence within our walls. This year we have renewed our focus on preventing workplace violence for all of our employees, clinicians, patients and their families. Our emphasis on providing high quality care within a safe environment sets a standard for peaceful interaction that we hope will reverberate through our facilities and the entirety of southern Oregon.

    Asante

  • 11/25/2020 - Thanksgiving thoughts

    PumpkinsThis is the season to rejoice in the things that we are most grateful for, and I am grateful to be part of such a caring community.

    I believe it’s safe to say this year has not been an easy one for any of us. And yet, we show up every day to support each other.

    It’s one of my life’s blessings to work alongside inspiring and dedicated people including our health care workers, volunteers and community partners. I am truly humbled by your never-ending compassion and drive for the greater good.

    On this Thanksgiving, my wish for you, your family and everyone in our community is a time of peace and respite. May you find joy in the moments with loved ones.

    Scott Kelly
    Asante President and CEO

  • 09/30/2020 - Community lives here

    Almeda Wildfire seen from Asante Rogue Regional Medical CenterOur Southern Oregon community never ceases to inspire me. There are countless examples of incredible work being done to support our community's fire victims, including nearly 100 Asante employees who lost their homes.

    I'm humbled by the outpouring of compassion shown to our Asante family and the entire community with donations of food, clothing and supplies.

    I'm proud of our 6,000 employees who mobilized within hours to fill the Smullin Center with critically needed items, and who stayed at work long past their shifts to care for our patients — even when their own homes and families were being evacuated.

    Financial support has come from businesses, youths, our neighbors and friends. Asante's wildfire relief fund has received donations from across the county and as far away as London, England.

    I'm incredibly grateful to our community partners, who at the height of danger, were prepared to evacuate our Medford hospital. Both Mercy Flights and RVTD had transportation ready to move our patients to safety. Their readiness and the tireless work of our caregivers ensured patient care was never compromised.

    As healing begins, Asante will be here to provide health-related resources to help people through this devastating experience. There's no doubt the fires will have a lasting impact; however, with resiliency, this shared experience will bring us closer together as a community.

    Scott Kelly
    Asante president and CEO

  • 06/18/2020 - Don't delay care [video]

  • 04/28/2020 - Community through connections [video]

  • 04/16/2020 - Community devotion [video]

  • 04/7/2020 - Keeping our community safe [video]

  • 03/30/2020 - Celebrating National Doctors' Day [video]

  • 03/25/2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our community [video]