OHSU Partners

What is OHSU Partners?

OHSU Partners LogoOHSU Partners is Oregon's only health system uniting the world-class offerings of Oregon's only academic health center with the strength of community-focused delivery systems, recognizing each bring distinct capabilities to the affiliation.

OHSU Partners strategically manages the clinical enterprises of Salem Health, OHSU and Tuality Healthcare as an integrated health care system. Established in 2015 through a partnership between OHSU and Salem Health, the organization has grown to include Tuality Healthcare. The management company is governed by the boards of Salem Health and OHSU.


We're creating an integrated, value-based health care system with better outcomes at a lower cost. A successful, Oregon-based system will help transform health care throughout Oregon and materially improve the health and well-being of the populations we serve.

OHSU Partners is charged with creating the strategies, infrastructure and processes that enable the Partner affiliates to operate as an integrated system.

OHSU Partners is an attractive affiliation model for other health systems across Oregon and SW Washington who share a vision of creating greater value for patients.


Making the vision work for Oregonians

Since its founding in 2015, OHSU Partners has facilitated activities driving us closer to our goal of providing patient care services in a synergistic and seamlessly integrated manner. Here are some examples:

Pediatric Sub-Specialty Care

The OHSU Doernbecher Pediatric Specialties Clinic at Salem Health opened on September 21, 2016 with an inaugural pediatric cardiology clinic.

There will be seven specialties practicing at the clinic approximately 11 days per month, and we forecast 18 clinic days per month when pediatric cardiology is available twice weekly and gastroenterology moves from monthly to weekly clinics in the spring.


The OHSU Department of Neurosurgery began covering Tuality's Emergency Department for neurological surgery consults via telephone. Since July, a department of neurosurgery faculty member is now embedded in the Tuality practice. The goal of the program is to provide access to OHSU specialists who can partner with Tuality care teams in an effort to access this highly skilled service quickly, improve patient outcomes, reduce unnecessary transfers and improve overall population health.

OHSU's Department of Pediatrics has been providing newborn neurosurgery consultation via telemedicine since June, 2016.

Tuality Home Health Services

Home Health Services relies very heavily on referrals of patients from hospital care managers and social workers. Through our system partner relationship, OHSU is now referring patients to Tuality Home Health Services (THHS). THHS has seen recent significant increases in volumes of referrals from OHSU as a result.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

As of October 24, thirteen OHSU Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists have started seeing patients at Tuality, to provide high-quality, high-risk obstetrical care to patients in the communities of Washington County. These specialists perform advanced ultrasound testing on pregnant mothers, as well as provide ongoing care to these patients.

Pharmacy Services

As part of OHSU Partners mission to deliver "the right care at the right place," we are transforming pharmacy from a vendor transaction approach to a patient-centric and provider-driven approach. This allows OHSU Partners to maximize effectiveness in the most affordable way. This program improves access through "meds to beds," expanded retail hours, as well as mail-order Rx for employees.

Orenco Station Clinic

In early 2017, Tuality Healthcare's Orenco Station clinic will begin operating as OHSU Tuality Healthcare, Orenco Station, adding additional primary care services to the residents of Washington County.

OHSU's departments of internal medicine and family medicine will operate the clinic's primary care services, which had previously been operated by Tuality. The clinic will collaborate closely with OHSU's clinic in Beaverton, and both will support referrals to Tuality Hospital in downtown Hillsboro.

The new management approach will provide integrated billing and operations, unified staff and leadership, standard processes across similar practices at OHSU, single electronic health record system and better alignment with the goals of the partnership.

Scappoose Family Medical Clinic

The Scappoose Family Medical Clinic is realigning their specialty and referral admissions to Tuality. Now, a patient in Scappoose is referred to Tuality rather than OHSU, making it more convenient for the patient and balancing capacity issues at OHSU. There are 10,000 patients who currently receive care at this clinic.


Peter Rapp
Chief Executive Officer, OHSU Partners

Headshot of OHSU Partners Chief Executive Officer, Peter RappRapp has spent over forty years in healthcare administration, leading academic medical center hospitals. He began his career at Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2002, as Executive Vice President of OHSU and Executive Director of OHSU Healthcare, where he was responsible for OHSU Hospital's clinical programs and services, financial performance and strategy.

As CEO of OHSU Partners, Rapp oversees development of system expansion opportunities and the programs and models that provide high value return to each community.

He serves on various heathcare organizations boards and advisory committees at OHSU, OAHHS, Propel and the Oregon ACO.

Rapp holds a Master's from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Hill
Chief Strategic Officer, OHSU Partners

Headshot of OHSU Partners Chief Strategic Officer, Michael HillMike Hill is Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategic planning, system expansion, business model development, and portfolio management of OHSU Partners' innovative health system model.

Hill joined Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland, Oregon in 2005, where he was first a service line leader, before advancing to the role of vice president of strategy for the clinical enterprise.

Hill received his Master's in Healthcare Administration from The University of Minnesota in 1994.

Dr. Thomas Yackel, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., F.A.C.P., C.P.E.
Chief Clinical Integration Officer, OHSU Partners

Headshot of OHSU Partners Chief Clinical Integration Office, Dr. Thomas YackelAs Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Dr. Yackel leads the clinical transformation to value based care within OHSU Partners. This work includes system wide adoption of clinical guidelines, one standard of care principles, informatics support requirements and support of physician leadership activities.

Dr. Yackel received his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the George Washington University in 1996. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.

He maintains his clinical practice in the division of general internal medicine and geriatrics at OHSU.

Cort Garrison, M.D., M.B.A
Chief Information Officer, OHSU Partners

Headshot of OHSU Partners Chief Information Officer, Cort GarrisonDr. Garrison is currently Chief Information Officer of OHSU Partners responsible for system and technology solutions to better serve providers and patients within the OHSU Partners system. Garrison is charged with evaluating best practices and replicating those across the system, driving improvements in care and physician satisfaction while providing a forum for innovation.

Dr. Garrison is an endocrinologist by training. He practiced for 18 years in Salem, Oregon. Dr. Garrison joined the Information Services team at Salem Health, and in 2011, he became the Chief Information Officer at Salem Health, where he was responsible for information technology, health information management, and telecommunication services.

Lori James-Nielsen, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A.
Chief Strategy Officer, Salem Health

Headshot of OHSU Partners Chief Strategy Officer, Lori James-NielsenJames-Nielsen is the Chief Strategy Officer at Salem Health, and is leading the operational integration and deployment for OHSU Partners strategic plan which will enable the organization to deliver greater value to existing patients and create the capacity to serve a larger number of Oregonians.

With over 25 years of clinical and operational leadership experience in a variety of rural and urban acute care settings, James-Nielsen has been involved in creating co-management and clinical integration models in Salem supporting the organizational independent provider goals to improve value for patients. She spent several years as the Heart and Vascular Service Line Director overseeing both strategy and operations.