Hospital Recognized as Best Practices Top Performer

Rick Yecny, CEO of Peace Harbor Medical Center, announced today that the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, a network comprised of Oregon’s Critical Access Hospitals, recognized Peace Harbor Medical Center as a “Best Practices Top Performer” in a multi-state Quality Health Indicators (QHi) performance benchmarking program.

Peace Harbor was recognized as the ORHQN’s overall “top performing hospital” for exemplary performance in the following categories: minimizing hospital acquired infections and patient falls, pneumonia immunizations, and discharge instructions for patients admitted with a diagnosis of heart failure.

Eric Buckland, Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Health Care Quality Network, announced the awards at the Oregon Annual Rural Health Conference last week and noted that Peace Harbor was the only facility among the Oregon network to qualify as a top performer in four clinical measures.  He further complimented Peace Harbor for its 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 235 small rural hospitals in 16 states utilize QHi.      

“We participate in the Quality Health Indicator benchmarking program because we are committed to providing the best care to our patients and our community,” said Jan Kinney, Director of Peace Harbor’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  “The web-based, multi-state benchmarking project allows us to compare our hospital’s quality data each month with other rural hospitals, which provides valuable insight into our performance,” she said.
Each month, participating hospitals enter their data for the quality measures they have selected from the 90 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 235-hospital data base for three of the past four quarters.

“We are proud to be named a “Best Practices Top Performer” and I congratulate our dedicated caregivers at Peace Harbor for this accomplishment,” said Peace Harbor CEO Rick Yecny. “Those of us who work in rural health care know how important it is to deliver quality care to our patients and community every day,” he added.