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5 Rural Hospitals Recognized as Best Practices Top Performers

11/30/12  Rural Oregon

The Oregon Rural Health Care Quality Network recognized five Critical Access Hospitals for achieving “Best Practices Top Performer” status.

At the annual membership meeting of the Oregon Rural Health Care Quality Network held last week in conjunction with the annual Oregon Rural Health Conference, Eric Buckland, Executive Director of the ORHQN, recognized five Critical Access Hospitals for achieving “Best Practices Top Performer” status in one or more of four clinical measures in the “Quality Health Indicators” benchmarking program conducted by the ORHQN.

The five hospitals and the measures for which they were recognized as top performers were:

  • Peace Harbor Hospital, Florence – “Overall Top Performing ORHQN QHi Participating Hospital” for scoring as a top performer in minimizing Hospital Acquired Infections, Patient Falls, Pneumonia Immunization, and Discharge Instructions for Heart Failure Patients.
  • Cottage Grove Community Hospital, Cottage Grove – Awarded individual quality awards for scoring as a top performer in three of four quality measures – Hospital Acquired Infections, Pneumonia Immunizations, and Discharge Instructions for Heart Failure Patients
  • West Valley Hospital, Dallas - Awarded individual quality awards for scoring as a top performer in two of four quality measures – Hospital Acquired Infections and Discharge Instructions for Heart Failure Patients
  • Lower Umpqua Hospital, Reedsport – Awarded an individual quality award for scoring as a top performer in Pneumonia Immunizations
  • Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande – Awarded an individual quality award for scoring as a top performer in Hospital Acquired Infections

QHi is a multi-state, web-based, benchmarking tool utilized by small rural hospitals to evaluate internal processes of care and provides participating hospitals opportunities to improve practices by comparing specific measures of quality with like hospitals. More than 235 small rural hospitals in 16 states submit quality data into the QHi program.

“Participation in the Quality Health Indicator benchmarking program underscores the commitment of these five facilities to providing the best care to their patients and communities,” said Julia Fontanilla, President of the ORHQN and Director of Quality and Clinical Information Systems at Tillamook County General Hospital. Participation in the QHi benchmarking program allows participating hospitals to compare their hospital’s quality data with more than 235 other small rural hospitals across 16 states.

Each month, participating hospitals enter their data for selected quality measures. To be designated a QHi Best Practices Top Performer for a particular quality measure, a hospital must be one of the top five hospital performers in the entire QHi data base for a given measure during three of the past four quarters.

“It is very gratifying to be named a “Best Practices Top Performer” because we know it’s based on our own performance and compared to other small rural hospitals who are working just as hard as we are to deliver quality care to their patients and community,” Rick Yecny, CEO of Peace Harbor Hospital (the Overall Top Performing ORHQN Hospital added.