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Mid-Willamette Valley
Monthly Marketing Update
- June 2020

Last month I was soooooooo excited about using ZOOM and having at least some "virtual connections” with my peeps; but now I think I have Zoom fatigue. I love seeing everyone’s face and catching up, but now it seems I am on zoom calls all day long. However, there is one zoom call that I cannot wait for, it has been a long time coming! Next week we are launching our new look for and we have added many new features and additional levels of care that will go live on June 8th. We have been working for a year to add a tool for families to search real time availability and for Retirement Connection be an even greater resource for the area hospitals and area agencies on aging. I hope you can join us on the call, we already have 115 RSVPs to join us and have upgraded our zoom subscription to accommodate the higher number (more details are below).

In addition to our work on the new website roll out, we have increased our engagement with the 4 Samaritan Hospitals and I hope you can join us on their Care Transitions zoom meeting on June 2. Candy Sawyer and her case management teams are trying very very hard to get more housing, home care, home health and hospice to contribute to the call.


Network Meetings - Salem/ Albany/ Corvallis


9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Linn/Benton)
Speaker: Monica D. Pacheco, Douglas, Conroyd, Gibb & Pacheco, P.C.
Topic: VA Aid and Attendance in 2020
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Transitions of Care Meeting
Moderator: Candy Sawyer, Regional Manager-IP Case Management for Samaritan Hospitals
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JUN 24
9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Salem)
Speaker: Aaron Huitt, Signature Home Health and Hospice
Topic: PDPM
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Upcoming Hospital Case Manager Fairs


AUG 31
12 PM
Corvallis Good Samaritan Case Manager Luncheon
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
3600 NW Samaritan Dr, Corvallis, 97330
HP/Starkeer Room


Marketing and Development


11 AM
CareAvailability Launch Zoom Call
Save the date for the official "Launch" of the new and improved site for on June 8th at 11am. W'e're excited to share all the progress made for reporting your real-time availability. You do NOT have to be a sponsor of Retirement Connection to report your availability; EVERY housing, Skilled Nursing, homecare, home health and hospice can report your availability at no charge. Currently 10 hospitals in Oregon are using the beta test site and waiting for the new version.
Thank you for all your feedback, from communities to case managers and hospitals, we are ready to officially roll out the updated site!


1. Review of the New look
2. Addition of home health, homecare and hospice organizations
3. Feedback from several hospital case managers including: Virginia Mason, Valley Medical, Legacy and Samaritan hospitals 4. Provider log-in and claiming your listing
5. Updating your availability
6. Uploading your marketing resources to include photos, brochures and links
7. How we are communicating this to the public and other providers

June 8th, 2020, 11 a.m.
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We already have 110 people signed up to join us, please RSVP Here if you have not yet so we can better plan the zoom call rollout.



11 AM
Ethics in Hospice & Palliative Care
Online Seminar


We know that you are managing a great deal right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is here to help.


Here are a few ways…

1)    Corona Virus resource web page: We have set up a webpage at to offer updates on Skilled Nursing and housing closures, community resources, and other updates. Please send me any relevant updates you feel should be included.

2)    Events Calendar: We are updating our events calendar many times each day on We are including the originally planned date, shown as CANCELLED and then also adding the new date to help communicate as many updates as possible.

3)    Care Availability: We have expedited the use of a new resource we have been beta testing. is a free resource for hospitals, providers and families to search availability without needing to submit person details, and it is free for providers to report the housing and skilled availability. We have added the ability for communities to mark “not accepting residents due to coronavirus, and also the ability to mark if they are accepting Respite stays at this time.

4) Job Postings: We have expanded our Jobs Board to offer more position postings than typical including hourly staff and job resource link.


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There are so many resources included in Retirement Connection, that often a few may slip past you and may not be noticed. Did you know that the guide also includes:

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Nuggets of Knowledge

“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

This quote seemed very fitting as we launch Our team started work on this project quite a while ago and had to adjust course along the way. I am proud that the website we are releasing next week has more features and customization than we initially planned. We did not give up on bringing the idea to fruition and it shows. 

~ Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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