ASTORIA, Ore.—Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) president, Danny Jacobs, MD, toured Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Ore., during his third day on the job.
Jacobs began his tenure as the fifth president of OHSU on Aug. 1. He succeeds Joe Robertson, MD, who was a great advocate of extending the academic medical center’s impact throughout the state. His visit to Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) was the first stop on his tour of partners around Oregon.
Jacobs said visiting Astoria is important to him because of the great work being done with the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative and with other departments at the hospital. The relationship between CMH and OHSU is “emblematic of what a partnership like this should be,” Jacobs said. “To strengthen and maintain this relationship is high on my agenda.”
Accompanied by OHSU Vice President for Strategic Outreach Mark O’Hollaren, MD, and CEO of OHSU health system John Hunter, MD, Jacobs spent several hours touring the Cancer Collaborative and meeting with State Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), OHSU-affiliated doctors who work at CMH, hospital administrators, and Board of Trustee members.
Following the tour, Jacobs said his impression was, “Great people. Great community. Great partnership.”
CMH CEO Erik Thorsen said, “OHSU has been an amazing partner throughout the years. After meeting with Dr. Jacobs, I’m confident that our organizations are going to continue building great collaborations that bring amazing medical care to the people in our area.”
Jacobs emphasized that CMH, like its other partners, will drive the direction of future projects. “I think those things are decided locally and I think OHSU’s role is to listen,” he said. “If we’re truly going to be patient centered, we’ve got to be community centered.”
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