Continuously Improving Patient Safety

Oregon Patient Safety CommissionOn March 16, 2018, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) was recognized by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission (OPSC) at the Seventh Annual Oregon Patient Safety Forum for its strong patient safety work in 2017.

CMH is one of 59 Oregon hospitals that voluntarily participate in the Patient Safety Reporting Program. The goals of this program are to engage hospitals as networks of care through the sharing of care quality knowledge and strategies for improvement across the state.

As part of the program’s transparency initiative, CMH was one of just six hospitals that voluntarily participated in the Early Discussion and Resolution Program. This program helped CMH build an internal structure to provide support to patients, families, providers, and caregivers should an adverse event occur. The goals are to restore relationships, learn from events, and bring greater peace of mind to everyone.

“We are incredibly proud of our providers’ and caregivers’ dedication to a culture of continuous improvement,” said Vice President of Patient Care Services Trece Gurrad. “We are also extremely proud of our Quality Department and their commitment to supporting us in our quality journey. Thank you to Emily Brizendine, Danielle Nelson, Pheobe Reed, Cortnee Whitlock, Chris Grey, and Lillian Hung for helping make CMH great.”