April 2017

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Community Hospitals Support 1 in 20 Jobs in Oregon 

The recently released Economic Impact Report for Oregon hospitals revealed that Oregon community hospitals both directly provided and helped support over 117,000 jobs within communities in 2015-or 1 in 20 jobs.  The report showcases the continued importance of continued importance of Oregon's community hospitals to the well-being of both Oregonians and Oregon's economy. 

Learn more about the most recent findings of the impact of Oregon's hospitals on the state economy at our website

State Legislative Update

In Salem, the first cut of bills occurred this week. Those that hadn't moved out of their committee of origin were shelved permanently.Those that are still active will be moving quickly throughout the next several weeks. Hospitals are working to be proactive in helping solve the problems facing lawmakers while pushing back against harmful legislation that's still in play

As always, we need every hospital supporter to stay engaged! One of the best ways to stayactive is to join our bi-weekly webcasts. On them, you'll hear the latest updates from Salem and learn about ways to influence the debate. Anotherkey way to stay informed is to sign up for Monday Memo . This weekly newsletter gives you the latest in a quick and digestible way, allowing you to stay current.

As we move into the final months of the Legislative Session, the hospital community will need to pull together and ensure we preserve the gains in healthcare we've all worked so hard to achieve.

#HAVhope Friday: A National Day of Awareness

Violence is one of the nation's major public health and safety issues, both in our communities and workplaces. On Friday, June 9, the American Hospital Associations's #HAVhope National Day of Awareness will bring together hospitals, health systems, nurses, doctors and other professionals from across the country, as well the local and national organizations they work with, to stand against violence through digital media.

Your hospital can support #HAVhope day by signing up at www.aha.org/PreventViolence. OAHHS will be participating in support.

Hospital Spotlight

Adventist Medical Center was found to have one of the lowest emergency room wait times in Oregon by independent nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

Blue Mountain Hospital implemented the 340B prescription drug program within their hospital.

Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen was named on Becker's Hospital Review's annual list of "CEOs to Know."

Grande Ronde Hospital has been honored as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Overall Performance by the National Rural Health Association and has been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics for three years running.

Providence hospitals in Oregon and Providence's Center for Medically Fragile Children , a residential care facility for young people, were recognized by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission for meeting an assortment of patient safety targets.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has been recognized for efforts to encourage breast feeding by earning the Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF.

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital's Critical Care Unit (CCU) recently received a silver level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Samaritan Health Services welcomed Daniel Dowswell, DO, who will be providing care to patients of Albany OB/GYN.

Tuality Healthcare welcomed Joe Hardman, M.D., as the organization's interim chief medical officer.

Tuality Healthcare alsoreceived an 'A' grade from Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety watchdog group.

Wallowa Memorial Hospital was designated a Blue Zones Approved Worksite by Blue Zones Project Oregon.

Wallowa Memorial Hospital was also named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Health Association and was awarded the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades.

Does your hospital have any noteworthy news to share? Contact Kari Seymour-Howell at kseymourhowell@oahhs.org and we'll include you in the next issue of Hospital View.

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