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PHA Helps Oregon Hospitals Take a Lean Approach to Health Care

Friday, February 22 2013 - Lake Oswego,

Health care providers from 20 hospitals across the State of Oregon are participating in a Lean Yellow Belt and Green Belt Certification Training Program led by Purdue Healthcare Advisors, and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

Twenty-five hospitals have sent up to four participants each from their clinical staff to become experts in the process improvement methodology known as Lean, which aims to increase value while minimizing waste. "Lean thinking and tools are applicable for every Oregon hospital. There is opportunity to improve efficiency and maximize value-added processes to help meet our patient safety goals," said Diane Waldo, OAHHS director of quality and clinical services. "The Lean participants will learn tools and strategies that they can take beyond their core projects to all areas of hospital care."

All participants will receive Yellow Belt Certification, and each participating hospital will select one member of its team to advance to Green Belt Certification. Hospitals involved in the effort include:

  • Adventist Medical Center, Portland
  • Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford
  • Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Clackamas
  • Lake District Hospital, Lakeview
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center, The Dalles
  • Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Prineville
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland
  • Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Newport
  • Silverton Hospital, Silverton
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls
  • St. Charles Madras
  • St. Charles Medical Center – Bend
  • St. Charles Medical Center– Redmond
  • Tillamook County General Hospital, Tillamook
  • Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro
  • Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville

All of the hospital participants will complete a project in one of the following areas: Adverse Drug Events; Catheter-Acquired Urinary Tract Infections; Venous Thromboembolisms; Falls; and Readmissions. These focus areas fit within the national Partnership for Patients’ areas for improvement.

About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.

OAHHS Press Release


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