Providence leads in excellence once again

Dave Underriner

Dave Underriner
Chief executive, Oregon Region

May 21, 2014

It's been an “awarding” season here at Providence. While it's always nice to be recognized, I really appreciate awards that tie directly to care we give our patients. That’s why I'm especially pleased to tell you about these honors:

Hospital safety. The Leapfrog Group just issued its latest hospital safety scores, and Providence received some of the highest marks of any health system in Oregon. Providence Portland, Providence St. Vincent, Providence Milwaukie and Providence Newberg all received “A” grades, and Providence Medford got a “B.”

Leapfrog reviews data from more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide, looking at everything from computerized physician orders to surgical improvement projects to overall safety measures. These grades reflect our commitment to excellent patient care.

Clinical care. VHA, a national health care network dedicated to recognizing the best in clinical care, awarded Providence St. Vincent with its 2014 Clinical Care Award. VHA looks at cost, length of stay, readmissions and clinical outcomes, and PSV is one of only seven large acute care hospitals in the country to receive this honor.

"Healthstrong" hospitals. We just learned that iVantage Health Analytics placed four Providence hospitals on its 2014 list of “100 Healthstrong Hospitals” – again, more than any other health system in Oregon. Providence Milwaukie, Providence Newberg, Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent were recognized for excellence in a wide range of metrics, including cost, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial strength.

Sometimes awards can be a little misleading, so we’re careful about how we talk about them. But I think these honors reflect the good work being done across our region. Congratulations, everyone – your actions make a difference for our patients every day.