Screening at 50Hepatitis C TreatmentLab ServicesLab and Pathology Results

Screening at 45 (updated guideline)

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common, and most deadly, of cancers. For this reason, colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone over the age of 45. The good news is colon cancer is 90% preventable when detected early, so we’re glad you’re considering a screening. These exams save lives. Preventing this disease is our driving passion at Salem Gastro.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is a reliable source for information regarding Colonoscopy, what we do here and why. Click here for a great page about the benefits of colonoscopy in prevention of colon cancer.

Dr Ponec’s Colon Cancer Screening presentation

TEDEd Colonoscopy Video


Getting Started

Did your primary care physician recommended you for screening? Then you may be eligible for direct colonoscopy scheduling. This allows you to schedule your colonoscopy without the need for an office visit.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Hepatitis C Treatment

Salem Gastro has the only gastroenterologists in the mid-Willamette valley offering treatment for the Hepatitis C virus.

Using the most up-to-date methods and medication, we customize treatment based on your individual needs to increase chances of a cure. Along with your physician, we have a team of care providers to help you every step of the way.

Lab Services

For your convenience, Salem Health has laboratory services for blood draws as well as urine and stool samples in our building on the 4th floor. Results are sent directly to your chart electronically, offering you faster results. Salem Health has several locations (listed below) and can bill most insurance companies directly.


Salem Health
Building A main Floor (new building) 6:30am -5:00pm Mon- Fri

Building C – Suite 4000
Monday through Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: 503-814-5227

Salem Health Regional Laboratory
3300 State Street
7:00-5:00 Mon – Fri,  Sat 7:30-1:00
(EKG available)

Monmouth Medical Center
512 Main St Suite 300
8:30-12 and 1:00-4:30 Mon-Fri

West Valley Hospital
525 Washington St
24 hours


Lab and Pathology Results

In most cases you should receive results for your lab test or biopsy sample via letter or phone call within 2-3 weeks. If you have any questions about a result feel free to call our nursing department to discuss with our staff.

COVID Measures

As we begin rolling out more procedures, we are taking the following steps to ensure staff and patient safety:

  • Daily screening of staff, patients and vendors
  • Proper supply of protective equipment for both patients and staff
  • Staff has been trained on proper cleaning techniques of supplies and equipment
  • Proper social distancing for staff and patients will be maintained when protective equipment is not worn
  • Visitors will be asked to remain in their cars and be available by phone to adhere to social distancing in the lobby

Local COVID resources Click Here

Corona Virus Update:

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are screening all patients and asking them to re-schedule if they are experiencing any Covid symptom. Masks are required throughout the Salem Health campus. We carefully following all state guidelines.

We can accommodate Tele-health (video and telephone) visits if you are unable to appear in person, but most visits will be in person. 

For more information visit:

US Centers for Disease Control web site here >

Oregon Health Authority web site here>

Doctors Retiring

Dr. Schultheiss and Dr. Gates have retired from Salem Gastro.

Dr. Schultheiss retired effective December 31, 2020.

Dr. Gates retired June 30, 2021.

Call our office and we’ll work with you to get you setup with the provider that is the best fit for you.

Under Construction

Salem Health  construction on a new tower affects parking and patient drop-off significantly.

Patient drop-off for Salem Gastro and Salem Endoscopy will be under Building C off Winter St.
This is valet parking.

If you prefer to park your own car, you can drop patients off under building C and park in the parking garage on Capitol St. You will go through the lobby of building A to reach building C. You can also walk around the construction area if you prefer to remain outside.

Construction work is also underway in the parking garage. The entrance and exit have been moved. Also be aware of changed traffic patterns inside the garage. Patient parking areas are clearly marked.