The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) have combined their respective quality and safety work into a single program, the Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership, which serves hospitals in both Oregon and Washington.
Patients and hospital systems in the Pacific Northwest increasingly cross state lines. Washington State and Oregon are geographically similar, with a diverse mix of large urban hospitals and small rural hospitals. This program capitalizes on a unique opportunity to create more synergy between these states and increase collaboration around health care quality work, which will benefit both patients and hospitals by increasing quality and decreasing costs. High-level oversight for this program is provided by a Patient Safety and Quality Committee made up of hospital leaders and partners from both states and jointly staffed by OAHHS and WSHA.
Contact Jessica Symank, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Quality Partnerships (JessicaS@wsha.org, 206-216-2535) to schedule an onboarding discussion.
The Safety and Quality Committee has identified five strategic priorities for this work, which are listed below. Visit WSHA’s Quality and Safety home page for information about additional safety and quality topics and visit the OAHHS home page for information about work supported by OAHHS.