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Tillamook County General Hospital Joins National Initiative to Make Hospitals Safer


Partners with the Premier Healthcare Alliance, hundreds of hospitals nationwide to reduce preventable harm

Tillamook County General Hospital is now a participant in the Partnership for Patients to advance its mission to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for the patients it serves. The goal of our alliance with Partnership, established by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS,) is to offer support to our physicians, nurses, and clinicians and to further prevent patients from getting injured or sicker while in the hospital so they can heal without complications.

The initiative’s focus will be reducing preventable readmissions to hospitals by 20 percent and reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013. In doing so, CMS estimates the partnership has the potential to, over the next three years:

  • Save 60,000 lives
  • Reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care; and
  • Save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in savings to Medicare.

Premier, a health-system owned performance improvement alliance of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, is the second largest of Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN) approved by CMS to participate in the initiative. As a HEN, Premier is helping identify the solutions already working to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, and spread them to other hospitals and healthcare providers.

Tillamook County General Hospital joins more than 540 hospitals nationwide in Premier’s HEN and will benefit from Premier’s:

  • Intensive training and education programs to make patient care safer.
  • Technical assistance to achieve quality measurement goals.
  • Data benchmarking and tracking to measures progress in meeting quality improvement goals.

“Our participation in these programs shows our commitment to providing safer, more effective care, and aligns with our mission to share God's love in a tangible way by providing excellence in patient centered care to our community.” - Karen Kellar, VP Patient Care Services

We are proud to participate in the Partnership for Patients. Our focus and commitment to quality is present in our hospital, clinic and ambulance services, with results consistently ranking our quality measures among those of the top quality hospitals in America.