State Patient Safety Commission Recognizes Providence's Oregon Facilities

March 03, 2017

Providence’s commitment to patient safety is a high priority among caregivers and that has been recognized by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. All eight Providence hospitals in Oregon and Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children, a residential care facility for young people, were recognized by the commission for meeting an assortment of patient safety targets.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to patient safety,” said Steven Freer, M.D., chief medical officer for Providence in Oregon. “This is at the heart of all we do and it’s especially gratifying to see all eight of our hospitals in Oregon, along with our Center for Medically Fragile Children recognized in this way.”

“Our goal, ultimately is to achieve perfection in every aspect of the experience of our patients, and safety and reliability is foundational to that goal,” Dr. Freer added.

This is the sixth year the commission has convened the Annual Oregon Patient Safety Forum, which provides a venue to honor hospitals that put patient safety first and make communication with patients and families a high priority.

Providence St. Vincent, Providence Portland, Providence Willamette Falls, Providence Newberg, Providence Medford medical centers, Providence Seaside Hospital and Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children met recognition targets. Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital received special recognition and Providence Milwaukie Hospital was awarded an honorable mention.

The Patient Safety Commission was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2003 to improve quality of care and reduce harm to patients by helping hospitals adopt best practices.