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Salem Gastro Reviews

At Salem Gastro we take your care very seriously. We also want you to have a pleasant experience. We do Colonoscopies every day, but we know that you do not and it can be an intimidating process. We appreciate those who take the time to review our service and are proud to have an overwhelming number of very positive reviews for our providers and our clinic.

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.

Call Volume

With ongoing staffing shortages and very high call volumes, we are requesting your patience when calling the office and leaving a voice message.

Our goal is to return calls promptly, but in some cases we are not able to return calls until the next business day.

Thank you for your understanding.

Corona Virus Update:

With some COVID-19 restrictions still in place, we are screening all patients and asking them to re-schedule if they are experiencing any Covid symptom. Masks are no longer required on the Salem Health campus. We will following all state guidelines if they change.

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

For more information visit:

Oregon Health Authority web site here>

US Centers for Disease Control web site here >

Job Opportunities

We have many opportunities for employment.

See our Job Opportunities page here
for a list of current openings.

Colonoscopy Study

You may have seen a New England Journal of Medicine which included a study from Norway on the effectiveness of colonoscopies in identifying and treating cancer.
Here are a few issues to keep in mind when reading the study:

  • This study shows that colonoscopy screening IS effective – if it is completed.
  • Most of the patients in the Norway study skipped their colonoscopy. The test can’t prevent cancers if it isn’t done.
  • The benefits of colonoscopy take time.
  • Detection and removal of polyps prevent future cancers. The study participants were only followed for 10 years. Pre-cancerous polyps that are not removed tend to develop colorectal cancer over a long period of time (greater than 10 years.)

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If you’re age 45+, get screened. Colonoscopy can detect and remove polyps, so they do not develop into cancer.
Don’t let media headlines guide your healthcare decisions. Colonoscopy is effective in the U.S. population and can cut your risk of dying from colorectal cancer.