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Samaritan Library Gateway

Welcome to Samaritan Health Services' Medical Library Gateway. Here you will find a wealth of information at your fingertips with just a click of the mouse; all in support of our organization's mission of “building healthier communities together.”

The mission of the hospital-sponsored web portal is to support the clinical management, research, and educational information needs within our network of Oregon hospitals, physicians and senior care facilities serving the needs of the people in the mid-Willamette Valley and the Central Oregon Coast.

As you use our website and find it useful, please link to us so that others may benefit.

It is our belief that empowered people can better manage personal health with access to a wide range of comprehensive, authoritative, trusted health information. Information presented does not necessarily represent or imply approval or recommendation by Samaritan Health Services, your doctor, or other health care provider.

While we are here to assist you in finding information, only your health care professional is qualified to give you a medical opinion. Use this information as a communication conduit between you and your clinician.

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What Happened to MDConsult?

After many years serving Samaritan Health Services with electronic versions of textbooks, journals, and a point-of-care tool MDConsult/FirstConsult was "retired" at the end of 2014 by its vendor/publisher, Elsevier. The Libraries of Samaritan Health Services have been working with other vendors of online content to try to ensure that the content you have relied on these past years will continue to be available. Many of the journals we have had online access to through MDConsult also are being reviewed so that access can continue to be provided via our Medical Library Gateway.

We will continue to offer AccessMedicine which contains upwards of 90 textbooks in full text. Essential Evidence Plus continues to be a point-of-care alternative to FirstConsult with the Cochrane Systematic Reviews, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and Evidence-based Medicine as the cornerstone of this robust collection of databases. Please be patient as this major transition of electronic resources takes place.

Updates will be provided as this process moves forward.


In response to the latest outbreak of Ebola, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has created a number of Ebola pages of information with links on its consumer health MedlinePlus website. Another NLM site Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources provides a collection of resources for the healthcare professional all of which are related to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Samaritan employees should visit the Emerging Pathogens section on the SHS Insider to see how Samaritan and Oregon are preparing.

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