Screening at 50
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 50. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Salem Health Regional Laboratory
3300 State Street
7:00-5:00 Mon – Fri, Sat 7:30-1:00
Monmouth Medical Center
512 Main St Suite 300
8:30-12 and 1:00-4:30 Mon-Fri
West Valley Hospital
525 Washington St
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.
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:
Due to COVID-19, we have switched to Tele-health (video and telephone) visits and limited procedures in the surgery center. This means your Office Visit with our providers will be by video call. We will be slowly returning to normal operations. As we do, we will re-schedule the procedures for those affected. Thank you.
For more information visit:
US Centers for Disease Control web site here > https://www.cdc.gov/
Oregon Health Authority web site here> https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pages/index.aspx
Dr Schultheiss Retires
Dr. Schultheiss is retiring from Salem Gastro.
From Dr. Schultheiss:
I am retiring from my practice at Salem Gastroenterology Consultants effective December 31, 2020.
My colleagues and staff at Salem Gastroenterology and Salem Endoscopy Center will provide ongoing, excellent care for my current and former patients.
It has been a privilege to be a part of Salem’s healthcare community and to enjoy the trust of my patients and referring providers for the last 31 years.
Salem Health is starting construction on a new tower (as of January of 2020). This will affect parking and patient drop-off significantly.
Patient drop-off for Salem Gastro and Salem Endoscopy will be under building C off Winter St.
This will be 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 has begun in the parking garage. The entrance has been moved temporarily. Also be aware of changed traffic patterns inside the garage. Patient parking areas are clearly marked.