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Peace Harbor earns OPSC’s Leader in Patient Safety Improvement award

Florence hospital was recognized on March 15 during annual event in Portland, Oregon

PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center leaders and caregivers accepted the Leader in Patient Safety Improvement award, during the eighth-annual Oregon Patient Safety Event in Portland. Pictured right to left are Peace Harbor Caregivers Vanessa Buss, Dianna Pimlott, Angelica Pfeifer and Elizabeth Goss.

March 18, 2019

 VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center recently earned recognition as a Leader in Patient Safety Improvement from the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

The honor was presented March 15, during the eighth-annual Oregon Patient Safety Event in Portland.

This was the first time the OPSC presented this award, which recognizes healthcare organizations in Oregon that have made innovations in patient safety or spread effective patient safety practices in 2018.

“Our caregivers and providers have embraced a culture of safety at Peace Harbor, which encourages them to speak up if they see any potential safety issues, and work together to find a solution that will help ensure that we provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Jason Hawkins, chief administrative officer. “I am so proud of their hard work and commitment. We are honored to receive this award.”

Peace Harbor also received a nod during the event for exceeding OPSC’s Patient Safety Reporting Program targets.

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About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has more than 15,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.