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Celebrating 46 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

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November 22 program.

Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.

Program, Noon

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351
For luncheon reservations, call 503.370.2808 or email
by noon, the Wednesday before each program

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Member Lunch, $12
Member No Lunch, No Cost
Nonmember Lunch, $15
Nonmember No Lunch: $5

Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
Free parking
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


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CCTV Broadcast Schedule

 SCC programs can be seen on CCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 21, for two weeks starting the Wednesday after the meeting on Wednesdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 4:30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

 Salem City Club’s mission:

“ provide a common meeting ground for persons of divergent  beliefs, politics and occupations, for the interchange of ideas and stimulation of intelligent thinking and action on civic affairs; and to inform and activate its members and the community in public matters, and to arouse in them an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.”


Thank You
Sustaining Contributors!

Platinum Contributors

Kathleen Beaufait
Egon & Diana Bodtker
Beverly Bow
Deborah Dancik & Edd LeSage
Britta Lion Franz
Roger P. Gillette
Mary Kamppi
Steve Kenney
Jan & Les Margosian
Anita Saalfeld
Linda Teal
Bob & Leslie Zeigen
Gold Contributors
Keith York & Mary Hart
Ruth Young

Silver Contributors
Adele Egan
Nancy Kuehn
Bill Mainwaring
Raquel Moore-Green
Kathy & Steve Sansone

And thank you to those members who donated and wish to remain anonymous
November 11, 2013,  Volume 46, Issue 7

Norm Gruber

President and CEO
of Salem Health

 “From a cottage industry
to corporate entities:

how and why hospitals
must change to survive”
The 3rd program of a five-part series on
Health Care for Oregonians:  Health Care Reform in the Salem Community

Series Sponsor:

Norm Gruber, President and CEO of Salem Health, which includes Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital in Dallas and Willamette Health Partners, will be the featured speaker at the Friday, November 22, 2013 program of the Salem City Club.  He will discuss the changes hospitals must make in order to survive in today’s market.

As explained by Gruber, the primary stimulus for the creation of hospitals in the U.S. was as a place for surgeons to practice and to do so safely, in a clean environment instead of a patient’s home. The advent of organized nursing and physician education made it possible for community leaders to create local hospitals. Today, more than 5,000 acute care hospitals exist in the U.S.

According to Gruber, “…playing a crucial role in the health of a community, keeping hospitals functioning has never been easy.” As an example, after decades of ups and downs, Salem’s two hospitals finally agreed to merge in 1969 because they could not both survive.

Gruber will explain how hospitals today face accelerating pressures that impact their communities: among them, an aging and sicker population, unsustainable costs and payment reductions.  Changes in the health care environment make it important to plan proactively for the future and Gruber will discuss the demands on hospitals, and innovative steps hospitals are taking, and need to take, to develop new skills and methods of delivering care.

Mr. Gruber became President and CEO of Salem Health in 2003.  He is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and hospital administration. He formerly served as President and CEO of Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego, California.  He currently serves on the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Public Policy Committee and the Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council for the American Hospital Association.
Please join us as we welcome Norm Gruber on Friday, November 22, 2013.  As is our tradition we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in the Spinning Room.   For lunch reservations email before noon Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  Parking is free.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.  For more information on this program please go to

2013 Membership Campaign Update

Welcome New Members!
Selma Pierce
Keith Bauer

Steve Aanonson
Rose Kachedoorian
Sam Wegner
Jill Woods
Michael Powers
Kathleen West
Madge Bauer
Dan Ebert
William Dalton
Nicholas Nikas
Dorothy Eberhardt

Salem City Club Membership Drive is working! We need your help to introduce people to SCC. Thank you to the following Members who encouraged our Newest Members to join. 
Bev Bow
Anita Owen
Hans West
Neil Sherwood
Leslie Zeigen
Rose Katchedoorian
Remember, if a new member identifies a current member as the one who introduced them to SCC, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Weekend at the Beach! The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the membership drive on December 13, 2013.

Mark Your Calendar,

     Save the Dates

December 13: "My New Years Wish for Salem."  We look ahead with hope and good humor to 2014 with a panel of Salem citizens who will share their New Year’s wishes for our fair city.  Guest Moderator:  Michael Davis, Executive Editor, Statesman-Journal Media.  City Club members:  What are your New Years Wishes for Salem?  Bring them to the December 13th meeting!

January 10:  The Hon. Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court: “The Annual State of the Courts Address.”  This event is co-sponsored with the Marion County Bar Association and is simulcast to courthouses throughout Oregon. 

January 24:  TBA
February 7:  Coordinated Care OrganizationsDr. William C. “Bud” Pierce, MD, Immediate Past  President of the Oregon Medical Society; Cheryl Nestor-Wolfe, Salem Health Director of Nursing; and Ruth Bauman, Chairperson of Willamette Valley Community Health, a coordinated care organization. The fourth program in the Health Care for Oregonians series.

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