Oregon’s Partnership for Patients Initiative Kicks Off with National Webcast

Twenty-nine hospitals in Oregon joined more than 1,600 hospitals across the nation in kicking off the Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative today with a nationwide webcast, giving participants an introduction to the program and advice on how to get started.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (OAHHS), with the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association, will provide resources and support to help Oregon health care providers improve safety and quality while reducing health care costs. Over a two year period, participating hospitals will decrease harm  by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent through the Partnership for Patients program. If the goals are achieved, the program has the potential of saving $35 billion and 60,000 lives nationally.

The webcast provided information on how to engage leadership in the PfP initiative, best practices in reducing preventable readmissions and best practices in safe surgery.

“Achieving better clinical quality and increased patient safety relies on buy-in from all levels of the hospital, from CEOs to front-line caregivers. By joining Partnership for Patients, our member hospitals have access to evidence based best practice to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. ” said Diane Waldo, OAHHS director of quality and clinical services. “The webcast today was the call to action.”

PfP allows participating organizations to maximize their patient safety and quality efforts through expanded access to national experts to implement best practices as well as receive support  to see these efforts implemented.  HRET/OAHHS will develop education and training resources to share successful strategies for quality improvement in the 10 focus areas. The activities of the Hospital Engagement Networks, through HRET/OAHHS, will be tracked  by CMS to Monitor progress.

To learn more about Oregon’s participation in Partnership for Patients, visit http://www.oahhs.org/pfp.

Oregon Hospitals Participating in PfP:

  • Asante — Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford)
  • Asante — Three Rivers Community Hospital (Grants Pass)
  • Bay Area Hospital (Coos Bay)
  • Blue Mountain Hospital (John Day)
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital (Astoria)
  • Coquille Valley Hospital (Coquille)
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Corvallis)
  • Harney District Hospital (Burns)
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center (Clackamas)
  • Lake District Hospital (Lakeview)
  • McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (Springfield)
  • Mercy Medical Center (Roseburg)
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles)
  • Mountain View Hospital (Madras)
  • Samaritan Albany General Hospital (Albany)
  • Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital (Lebanon)
  • Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (Lincoln City)
  • Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (Newport)
  • Silverton Health (Silverton)
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center (Klamath Falls)
  • Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center (Coos Bay)
  • St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Baker City)
  • St. Alphonsus Medical Center (Ontario)
  • St. Charles Medical Center (Bend)
  • St. Charles Medical Center (Redmond)
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital (Prineville)
  • Tuality Healthcare (Hillsboro)
  • Wallowa Memorial Hospital (Enterprise)
  • Willamette Valley Medical Center (McMinnville)

ABOUT Partnership for Patients:

Launched in April 2011, the Partnership for Patients now consists of more than 6,500 partners, including over 3,167 hospitals nationwide, along with employers, health plans, physicians, nurses, patient advocates, and state and federal government officials who have pledged to work together to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. The Hospital Engagement Networks will be supported by $218 million in funding through the CMS Innovation Center, which was established by the Affordable Care Act.  For more information, visit  http://www.healthcare.gov/compare/partnership-for-patients.


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.

Follow OAHHS’ hospital quality efforts by visiting http://www.hospitals4health.org


Founded in 1944, the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) is the not-for-profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). HRETs mission is to transform health care through research and education. HRETs applied research seeks to create new knowledge, tools, and assistance in improving the delivery of health care by providers in the communities they serve. For more information about HRET, visit www.hret.org.

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One Response to Oregon’s Partnership for Patients Initiative Kicks Off with National Webcast

  1. Oregon Hospitals Participating in PfP will be the start of an improved service to patients in my opinion. Well done guys. Can you keep us updated on the situation as a whole? Maybe we need to introduce a similar PfP in the UK!

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