(Florence, Ore)— Rick Yecny, CEO/CMO of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center, announced today that earlier this month, the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network (ORHQN) a network comprised of Oregon’s critical access hospitals, recognized Peace Harbor Medical Center as a “Best Practices Top Performer” in the multi-state Quality Health Indicators (QHi) performance benchmarking program.
For the second consecutive year, Peace Harbor was recognized as co-recipient of the ORHQN’s overall “top performing hospital” for exemplary performance in minimizing Hospital Acquired Infections, Pneumonia Immunizations, and Discharge Instructions for Patients Admitted with a Diagnosis of Heart Failure.
Pamela Norr, Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Health Care Quality Network announced the awards at the Oregon Annual Rural Health Conference earlier this month and noted that Peace Harbor was the only facility among the Oregon network that qualified as a top performer in three of four clinical measures. She further complimented Peace Harbor for their commitment to quality and demonstrated leadership.
QHi is an economical, web-based, benchmarking tool utilized by small rural hospitals to evaluate internal processes of care and provides participating hospitals opportunities to improve practices by comparing specific measures of quality with like hospitals. More than 310 small rural hospitals in 15 states utilize QHi.
“Our participation in the Quality Health Indicator benchmarking program underscores our commitment to providing the best care to our patients and our community,” said Jan Kinney, Manager of Quality and Improvement at Peace Harbor. “We joined the web-based, multi-state benchmarking project because it allows us to compare our hospital’s quality data with other small rural hospitals on a monthly basis. The opportunity to compare our practices with those of more than 310 other small rural hospitals across 15 states is extremely valuable.”
Each month, participating hospitals enter their data for the quality measures they have selected from the 110 measures in the QHi Library of Indicators. To be designated by the ORHQN as a QHi Best Practices Top Performer for a particular quality measure, a hospital must be one of the top five hospital performers in the entire QHi 310hospital data base for three of the past four quarters.
“It’s an impressive achievement to be named a Best Practices Top Performer because we know it’s based on our own performance and compared to other small rural hospitals who are working just as hard as we are to deliver quality care to their patients and community,” Rick Yecny said.
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