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Briefly: Salem Hospital At Near Capacity

Salem Hospital officials warned the public on Thursday that the facility is packed with patients.

The hospital system said it would not turn anyone away but advised patients to go to an urgent care clinic or see a primary care physician if possible.

In Competitive Marion County, Salem, Santiam Hospitals See Higher Margins

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In this annual in-depth review of hospitals, Salem Health shows continued profits despite end to OHSU partnership, and Santiam sees margins climb – but also charity care expenses.

Marion County is a particularly competitive marketplace for Oregon Hospitals. In the state capital, Salem Health is a major player. Twelve miles away, Santiam seeks to compete. Legacy Silverton Hospital, profiled earlier by The Lund Report, is also part of the market.

Salem Chamber of Commerce Joins Fight to Block Bus Service

The Salem-Keizer Transit District is asking voters to approve a payroll tax so it can offer night-time and weekend service.

As Salem Health leads the fight to kill a payroll tax for weekend bus service in and around Oregon’s capital city, it has the backing of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, which has argued that it puts the payment for transit service on the backs of small business.

Salem Health Opens Wallet to Lead Fight Against Payroll Tax for Public Transit

The Salem hospital wants to block Oregon’s second-largest metro area from its attempt to offer night and weekend bus service because a $600,000 payroll tax would cut into its profits, which exceeded $35 million in 2012. The hospital recently received a $50,000 grant from the transit district to improve transportation options, but has spent $50,000 to kill the transit district levy.

Salem Health is leading the fight to kill a payroll tax for weekend bus service in and around Oregon’s capital city, putting up $50,000 to a conservative business political action committee that opposes the 0.21 percent tax on worker salaries and wages.


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