Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care industry.
In addition to 58 acute care hospitals, OAHHS membership includes 10 health systems and related health plans, 16 affiliated allied organizations and 32 associate members representing health care consulting and other service companies.
While the association’s primary focus is state and federal government relations and advocacy efforts on behalf of our members, OAHHS also is the state’s premier data collection source on hospital and health system economics and an information resource on matters such as HIPAA, hospital quality and transparency, workforce development, education programs, and other member services. OAHHS is uniquely positioned to help Oregon hospitals speak with one voice on national and state-focused health care priorities such as patient safety and performance reporting. One of our highest priorities is statewide leadership in maintaining the public/private partnership supporting the programs that make up the Oregon Health Plan. And, we work diligently with Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, the American Hospital Association and other state health care associations and councils to influence Medicare and Medicaid decisions at the national level.
OAHHS provides leadership in health policy, advocacy and comprehensive member services that strengthen the quality, viability and capacity of Oregon hospitals to best serve our communities.
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems will accomplish its mission by:
- Representing and advocating for state and federal health policies that enable the membership to take those actions necessary to more effectively and efficiently meet the health care needs of their communities.
- Recruiting and retaining experienced, professional, effective and responsive staff that clearly understand and fulfill the mission.
- Disseminating timely and relevant health care industry information to educate the public and providers about health policies and issues.
- Identifying, analyzing and acting on major trends and issues impacting the membership.
- Maintaining a broad-based membership, and operating through responsible fiscal policies.
- Developing policy statements using OAHHS Board of Trustees, committees and task forces.
- Offering educational opportunities to improve member governance and management.
- Communicating effectively with the membership.
- Taking a strong advocacy role in reforming and restructuring health care to better serve the needs of Oregon communities.
- Striving to reach consensus and unity among members.
- Identifying and promoting potential areas of collaboration among health care providers.
- Working cooperatively with policy-makers and other organizations and associations.
- Systematically providing those services that can best be provided through the association.