OHSU is Only Hospital to Rate ‘Above Average’ in New State Quality Report

03/19/09  Portland, Ore.

The Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research today released its 2007 Hospital Quality Indicators. Oregon Health & Science University’s stroke program had a significantly lower death rate, 7.8 percent, than the state average of 10.6 percent. OHSU is the only hospital in the state to surpass the state average in any of the categories tracked.

This is the state’s fourth annual Web-based report on volume and death rates in hospitals for selected procedures and medical conditions. The report compares data reported on 11 procedures and conditions occurring in 57 Oregon hospitals, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, balloon angioplasty, carotid endarterectomy, esophageal resection, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip fracture, pneumonia and stroke. The state’s entire report can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OHPPR/HQ/index.shtml

OHSU is committed to encouraging transparency in the U.S. healthcare system and believes learning about quality helps patients make better choices in their own care. As part of this commitment, OHSU provides patients online access to its quality and outcomes data: http://www.ohsu.edu/health/page.cfm?id=10001