Good news from across the sky bridge

Portland VA Medical Center earns Joint Commission top quality designation

The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC) was recently named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. PVAMC was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care and patient outcomes.

Located across the sky bridge, the PVAMC is one of OHSU’s most important collaborative partners in medical education and research. For example, in 2010, more than 750 OHSU resident/fellow physicians rotated at the PVAMC, and 50 percent of fourth-year M.D. students fulfilled electives there.

“This designation is truly a cause for celebration for our many partners at the Portland VA Medical Center,” said Jeffrey Kirsch, M.D., chair of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine and associate dean for veterans and clinical affairs. “Patients are the ultimate beneficiaries of this recognition, but the exchange of knowledge between OHSU faculty, VA physicians and staff, and hundreds of OHSU trainees are also strengthened by the quality of the VA’s clinical processes.”

PVAMC is the only hospital in Portland, one of five hospitals in Oregon, and one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Of the 18 VA hospitals across the nation recognized with this distinction, PVAMC was one of three that achieved top performance in all four categories (heart attack care, heart failure care, pneumonia care and surgical care). This puts PVAMC in the top 18 percent of the 3,300-plus hospitals that report this performance data. Two other VA medical centers in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 20, the VA Northwest Health Network) also earned this distinction: Spokane and Boise VAMC. Congratulations to all our PVAMC colleagues!

The entire Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality & Safety 2012 can be found on their quality and safety website.