Hospital association signs pledge to eliminate health care disparities

Earlier this year, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Board of Trustees unanimously voted to endorse the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

Health disparities are differences in health that are avoidable, unfair or unjust. This pledge enables hospitals to take measurable action on their belief that nobody should be denied the chance to live a long and healthy life because of social, economic or environmental conditions.

Latest health care-acquired infections report shows continued improvement toward patient safety

Oregon does better than the national average on all health care-acquired infections and surgical site infections that are reported to the state, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems applauds the news, which highlights the hard work Oregon hospitals have done to increase patient safety.

Legislators, Hospitals Announce Funding for Rural Healthcare Transformation in Budget

Senator Alan Bates and Representative Nancy Nathanson along with Oregon’s rural hospitals announced the inclusion of $10 million in the state’s recent budget to fund projects designed to help ensure the sustainability of rural health care. The projects were developed during an exhaustive listening tour and process conducted in a partnership between the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH), and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

Oregon's health care data overload (OPINION)

By Andy Davidson, Mylia Christensen, Greg Van Pelt and Abby Sears

In health care today, data is king. It can help doctors, nurses and other health care providers improve the ways they deliver care.

But the real value of this information comes when everyone agrees on what we want to measure, why we want to measure it and who should collect and report the data.

And that's where things get complicated.

Multi-stakeholder group recommends a shared set of measures to improve the health of Oregonians

Oregonians’ health will  be improved if there is a public-private effort to overhaul the number and types of health care quality measures  currently being collected, according to a white paper issued today by the Collaborative for Health Information Technology in Oregon (CHITO).

“Aligning Health Measurement in Oregon” is a result of months of collaborative research to study and develop recommendations around a proliferation of hundreds of overlapping – and sometimes competing – state, federal, and commercial health care quality reporting initiatives and mandates.

National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on Healthy Communities

Oregon's community hospitals are celebrating National Hospital Week May 10-16 by applauding the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, volunteers, food service workers, and so many more – who help keep their communities healthy everyday.

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

Oregon One of Only Five States to Earn an 'A' on Premature Birth Report Card

By March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter

Oregon is one of only five states to receive an "A" on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card, released today. Oregon's preterm birth rate was 9.3 percent in 2013, below the March of Dimes goal of 9.6 percent. Other states meeting or beating the March of Dimes goal and getting an "A" are California, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Oregon Hospitals, Nurses, Physicians, and Governor Kitzhaber Lay Out Updated Ebola Strategy

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems, and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Oregon as of today.

Oregon's Hospitals and Nurses Work Together to Prepare for Ebola

JOINT STATEMENT from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems:

State health care acquired infections report shows continued improvement toward patient safety

Oregon does better than the national average on health care-acquired infections, according to the latest report of infections released today by the Oregon Health Authority. State officials say this is a good sign, but also shows that work can be done to reduce even more incidents of infections that people sometimes contract after being treated by health care providers.

The Oregon Health Authority's annual Hospital-Acquired Infections Report shows marked improvement in several areas: