Providence Newberg named an Oregon leader for patient safety

March 08, 2012
Providence Newberg Medical Center has been honored by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission for its leadership in the state’s patient safety reporting program. Providence Newberg was one of four hospitals to receive an award for exceeding new reporting standards established last year by the commission.

The recognition celebrates health care organizations that are among the best when it comes to patient safety reporting and who demonstrate a culture that promotes it. Providence Newberg has been diligent about not only reporting adverse events, but working on process improvements to prevent them from happening again.

“This recognition reflects the great work of many in our organization and the importance of being transparent in our quality efforts,” says Alan Olive, chief executive, Providence Newberg Medical Center. “We are very proud of the collaborative work environment we have that makes patient safety a priority.”

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission is a semi-independent state agency that is charged by the Oregon Legislature with reducing the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon’s health care system and encouraging a culture of patient safety. The commission runs the state’s adverse event reporting program, which it uses as a learning tool to improve care throughout the state.