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Practice Scope: The ideal candidate will be team oriented with a passion and expertise in general cardiology in the diagnosis and treatment of adult cardiovascular disease. Establish a general cardiology practice based in Ontario, Oregon and provide outreach services to nearby communities such as Caldwell, Idaho and Baker City, Oregon. Diagnostic imaging services are available at all hospitals. If cardiologist has an invasive cardiology certification and secures medical staff privileges, procedures may be performed at Idaho facilities that are within a 1 hour drive of Ontario.

Primary Hospital: Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario (SAMC-O)
Affiliated Saint Alphonsus ID/OR telemedicine network facilities

Primary Location: Primary location is the campus of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario. Outreach clinics weekly (typically 1 day per week) may be required at other health system sites within 1 hour drive time of Ontario.

Practice model: Employment or Professional Services Agreement (PSA)

Status: Full Time

Availability: Immediate

Requirements: Individual with a doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree (MD/DO); successful completion of an ACGME or AOA accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship training program; current, unrestricted full license in Oregon and Idaho to practice medicine in all its phases; valid controlled substance registrations with Oregon and Idaho Boards of Pharmacy and DEA; board certification EITHER through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Cardiovascular Diseases OR the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) with certification of special qualification (CSQ) in Cardiology (or obtain such certifications within 3 years of employment); secure appropriate hospital medical staff privileges to include electrocardiograms, holter and echocardiogram interpretation, stress treadmill testing & supervision, stress echos, defibrillator and pacemaker checks. Nuclear cardiology skills, echo board certification and special clinical interests in heart failure, lipids and telemedicine are each welcome/desirable but are not absolute requirements of the position.

Work Schedule: Primarily weekdays: 4 or 5 day per week schedule.

Call: Consultative practice based on campus of SAMC-Ontario. Call approximately 1:4.

EMR/EHR: Inpatient EMR /Computerized Order Entry (CPOE): Cerner PowerChart


Practice Opportunity Highlights:
Saint Alphonsus Medical Group (SAMG) is a physician led and accountable 350+ provider multispecialty group practice that has an excellent opportunity for a general cardiologist to join a 15-physician cardiology group practice that is employed by and integrated within Saint Alphonsus Health System (SAHS). SAMG, with primary and specialty care providers at 74 clinic locations, is also a member of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 1,800 employed and independent providers.

This is a unique practice opportunity to lead cardiology service development in Ontario, OR, a rural regional medical facility. Cardiac Imaging on site boasts some of the latest tools in order to effectively diagnose many cardiac conditions. In 2013, we installed a new Siemens Symbia in a fully remodeled room which complements a Philips Forte NM camera. The Symbia camera is integrated with all other cardiac imaging cameras in the Health System (6). The cardiac department has 2 Toshiba Aplio 500 ECHO units installed in 2012 with both TTE and TEE probes, 2 GE Case stress treadmill's installed in 2012 and 2015, GE Mars Holter monitors purchased in 2015, and a newly installed GE MUSE ECG storage and reporting system that went live early 2016. All ECG carts are GE Mac 5500's and the imaging staff are all accredited with national board's and are incensed in the State of Oregon.

As Ontarios first dedicated cardiologist, the physician will establish a committed local presence, with the support and collaboration of the regional Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute, which consists of Cardiologists (general, invasive, EP, interventional), CT Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and several advanced practice nurses.

Requirements include a strong cardiovascular disease background with excellent training as well as a desire to develop a practice within a growing multi-specialty medical group. In providing this support in a multi-disciplinary and collegial fashion, you will obtain Oregon and Idaho medical licensure to maintain and strengthen the Health Systems heart care programs across all communities we serve. Saint Alphonsus is the regional leader in telemedicine innovation and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to integrate the use of telemedicine into their practice to reach and better serve more remote communities.


Community Highlights:
Ontario, Oregon (pop. 11,245), the largest city in Malheur County (pop. 31,615), is located on the eastern edge of Oregon. It is one hour from Boise (a mid-sized metro area of 640,000) and midway between Salt Lake City and Portland. Located on the Snake River, it is part of the area known as Idahos Western Treasure Valley. The geography has spacious, rugged areas as well as prime agricultural growing land. The people in the area come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including those of Japanese, Basque, Mexican & Native American descent.
Across the Snake River which serves as the areas Idaho-Oregon border lie the cities of Fruitland and Payette, Idaho. Fruitland (pop. 4,600) is a small rural community and is the geographic center of the surrounding cities of Ontario, Payette, Weiser, and New Plymouth. It is the first city and western entrance to Idahos picturesque Treasure Valley (aka the Boise Valley). Fruitland is flanked by the Snake River on the west, the Payette River on the north and farmland on the south and east. As its name indicates, it is the center of one of the most productive fruit growing areas in Idaho. The city of Payette (pop. 7,500) lies adjacent to Fruitland.

The cities of Ontario and Fruitland serve as the retail, service and medical center hub for 70,000 people within a 20-mile radius. Interstate 84 and Oregon Highways 20/26, 30, and 201 all pass through Ontario; U.S. Highway 95 connects with Ontario via the Snake River Bridge on the Idaho/Oregon border. The regional economy is agriculturally based and includes crops and locally raised livestock. Trucking companies as well as Union Pacific rail lines help transport these commodities and processed foods to markets throughout the nation and the world. There is also a growing retail sector that attracts shoppers from throughout the area.
The area offers wonderful neighborhoods in which to raise a family and provides great schools, shopping and a number of recreational opportunities. There are attractive and affordable housing options to include townhouses, apartments in quiet, gated communities, and country and mountain homes. A wide diversity of religious groups provides opportunity for worship and volunteer service. There are 30 congregations of different persuasions, including the only Buddhist Temple in Eastern Oregon. These rural, small town settings are complemented by the fact that the big-city amenities of Boise, Idaho are less than an hour away.

The Ontario School District (8C) includes a high school, middle school and five elementary schools enrolling approximately 2,800 students. Voters in the community recently approved a school bond to finance construction and upgrades to existing schools. There are also two private schools and one charter school serving students K-8, two Head Start programs serving around 250 students, and several day care/pre-school centers. A local association provides support for home schooling families. The Fruitland School District (373) includes a high school, middle school, elementary school and an alternative Preparatory Academy; student enrollment in the district is approximately 1,750 students. Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) provides educational, athletic musical, and cultural activities for students and the public, and an extension of Eastern Oregon University is housed in the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
Recreational activities are a highlight of the surrounding area. The beautiful Owyhee Mountains and Boise National Forest are within a short drive. Just north of the Boise Valley, world class river rafting can be found on the Payette River. The nearby Leslie Gulch-Succor Creek National Back Country Byway offers views of some of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in eastern Oregon and provides many striking geologic formations. The Snake River flows to the south and is home to many wineries and fruit farms. Other area recreation includes swimming, water skiing, bicycling, boating, hunting, hiking, and world-class fly fishing; snow sports are enjoyed on nearby slopes.

Ontario has a community aquatic center, 18-hole municipal golf course, a movie theater with 8 screens, a bowling alley, fitness centers, the Four Rivers Cultural Center and over 61 acres of parks including 5 municipal parks, 1 state park and a skate park. Major local events include Americas Global Village Festival, Japanese-American Obon Festival, Malheur County Fair, Winter Wonderland Parade and Basque Dinner & Dance.


Contact Information:
To apply for this position, or for further information, please contact Jason Schultz at 208-367-7030 or Jason.schultz@saintalphonsus.org

Saint Alphonsus Health System is a growing four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation.

Saint Alphonsus Health System is anchored by the only ACS verified Level II Trauma Center in the region, providing the highest quality, most experienced hospital care to critically ill and injured patients.With a promise to keep care close to home for patients, Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of a regional medical center in Boise, Idaho and community hospitals in Nampa, Idaho, and Ontario and Baker City in eastern Oregon.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group (SAMG), a 350+ provider multi-specialty medical group serves the needs of patients and families in the Boise Valley (aka Treasure Valley) and the Baker Valley, with primary and specialty care providers at over 74 clinic locations in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon of the northwestern United States (NW U.S.).