Partnership for Patients

OAHHS was selected as one of 14 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health-system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent, Oregon will participate in a second round of Hospital Engagement Networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting.

Oregon PfP Resource Library

HRET PfP Resources

Improvement Areas

Oregon is one of 34 states and over 1,600 hospitals involved as a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) with the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), the quality arm of the American Hospital Association, providing an unprecedented opportunity for quality improvement, collaboration and networking. OAHHS and HRET (along with other community partner organizations) will support Oregon hospitals to adopt evidence-based practices that aim to reduce harm in 10 target areas:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE) – Harm caused by an administered drug.
  • Birth-related injuries (OB) – Injury to a baby during childbirth.
  • Catheter-acquired urinary tract infections (CAUTI) – An infection that occurs when germs enter the urinary tract through a catheter.
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) – An infection that occurs at the site of a flexible tube placed into a vein to administer treatment.
  • Falls – Falls that occur in a hospital setting are considered preventable by CMS.
  • Pressure ulcers – Ulcers caused by lack of movement.
  • Avoidable readmissions – Patients re-admitted to the hospital after discharge.
  • Surgical infections and complications (SSI) – Infections that occur after surgery in the part of the body where surgery took place.
  • Venous thromboembolisms (VTE) – A blood clot that occurs inside a blood vessel.
  • Ventilator-associated conditions (VAC) – Such as, pneumonia that develops after mechanical ventilation is given.


2015 OAHHS-HRET Hospital Engagement Network
Asante Ashland Community Hospital Asante Three Rivers Medical Center Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
Columbia Memorial Hospital Good Shepherd Health Care System Harney District Hospital
Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center Kaiser Westside Medical Center Lake District Hospital
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Mercy Medical Center

Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Pioneer Memorial Hospital - Heppner St. Anthony Hospital St. Charles Bend
St. Charles Madras St. Charles Prineville St. Charles Redmond
Tuality Healthcare Wallowa Memorial Hospital Willamette Valley Medical Center

In addition to these hospitals, the 2011-2014 Partnership for Patients initiative also included Bay Area Hospital, Blue Mountain Hospital District, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Grande Ronde Hospital, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Silverton Hospital, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Vibra Specialty Hospital, and West Valley Hospital.


Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Services

Barbara Wade, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Director of Quality Improvement