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Dr. Layne S. Jorgensen Joins Mercy Medical Center’s Board

Mercy Medical Center is pleased to announce that Layne S. Jorgensen, D.O., has joined Mercy’s Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term.
Dr. Layne S. Jorgensen has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. He graduated from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, Calif.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Jorgensen has joined our board,” said Kelly C. Morgan, Mercy’s president and CEO. “He is a thoughtful and committed physician who has been serving patients in Douglas County since 1994.”
Mercy’s board of directors include Bret Hansen, M.D.; John Powell, M.D.; Dave Leonard, , Kelly Morgan, Tom Davidson, Neal Brown, Amy Palm, Joe Wilczek, Sister Gabrielle Jones; Martin Daley, and Mercy’s Chief of Staff, Sarah Agsten, M.D.
Mercy’s board members play an important role. As a governing board, they are responsible for ensuring that the hospital fulfills its mission; protects its assets; maintains a high standard of patient care; and conforms to legislation and standards set by regulatory and advisory agencies. Board members also help develop and update a strategic plan for the hospital, and monitor and evaluate plans or programs to ensure that they meet the hospital's priorities, goals and policies.


Roseburg, Ore. – Dr. Ajay Tripuraneni from the Shaw Heart and Vascular Center, a division of Mercy Medical Center has earned the distinction of being named a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS).

The FHRS designation distinguishes health care providers for their advanced training, certification, and specialization in the field of cardiac arrhythmia research and treatment, and serves as a credential for quality care.

“We are so proud to have Dr. Tripuraneni as part of our care team” said Howard Feldman, MD, FACC, SCAI, Medical Director of Shaw Heart and Vascular Center “His commitment to continuous learning and his dedication to serving our patients with the most advanced techniques make him an exemplary physician.”

“Fellows of the Heart Rhythm Society exemplify an extraordinary commitment to treating and ending the pain, suffering and death of our patients due to heart rhythm disorders,” said President of the Heart Rhythm Society, Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRS. “The Heart Rhythm Society is very pleased to bestow this honor on Dr. Ajay Tripuaraneni.”

For more information about the Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society designation, visit

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Mercy Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Mercy started with a $12,000 gift from the Roseburg community. That is the sum the Sisters of Mercy raised to construct Roseburg’s first hospital more than 50 years after the city was founded. The 25-bed Mercy Hospital was dedicated on Feb. 22, 1909, just four months after construction began. It was built on the banks of the South Umpqua River where Douglas County Health Department now stands.

Mercy has grown into a sophisticated 174-bed medical center as it has upgraded its technology and expanded its services to ensure Douglas County residents access to state-of-the-art healthcare without having to leave town. Today more than 1,000 employees and 200 volunteers work throughout Mercy.

About the Heart Rhythm Society
The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, the Society has a membership of heart rhythm professionals in more than 70 countries around the world.

Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program Awarded $178,000 Grant for Dental Program

Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $178,000 grant to support a school-based program that provides health education, health resource connections and medical and dental screening services to local children throughout the county.
The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national health care system that includes Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Foundation.
“Finding new and innovative ways to improve the health of communities has always been the mission that guides CHI,” said Kevin Lofton, chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “We’re very proud of the collaborative work that HKOP is doing in the community.”
Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program has the attributes Catholic Health Initiatives seeks when awarding Mission and Ministry Fund grants: it meets an identified community need, is innovative, able to be replicated and promotes collaboration with other organizations.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant and continue to improve the dental health of kids in Douglas County. The HKOP program is making huge strides in helping create good dental health habits and this grant funding allows to continue serving children in our county,” said Lisa Platt, president of Mercy Foundation.
Mercy Foundation’s HKOP was established in 2006 to provide health resources to area schools. HKOP staff function as health educators, working alongside school teaching staff to bring health education on topics such as hygiene, communicable disease prevention, nutrition and healthy choices to children grade levels K-12. In addition, they help children and their families with acute or ongoing health care issues access appropriate health care.
For additional information about this grant, or about the Healthy Kids Outreach Program, please call Lisa Platt, 541-677-4818.


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