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GRH Selected as a 2021 Health Quality Innovator of the Year

Hospital news | Thursday, December 16, 2021

Contact: Mardi Ford

Award recognizes GRH’s dedication to improving health in Union County

LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) has been named a 2021 Health Quality Innovator of the Year. The Health Quality Innovator (HQI) Awards is the annual awards program created by HQI to recognize and celebrate organizations that are using successful, evidence-based approaches to quality improvement. This specific award category recognizes rural health care facilities that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of rural health care services.

HQI Award Winner“We’re incredibly humbled and proud to be recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year,” said GRH President and CEO Jeremy Davis. “While we did not implement these programs and processes to win awards, it is gratifying to know that the work we do here in Union County to serve our community is recognized at this level. This is an ongoing collaborative effort among an incredible team of people all working together to improve the overall health of our community.”

Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics was selected as the winner in the Rural Health category for implementing strategies and processes to improve access to care and support better outcomes for patients and families. Some of these include employing additional primary care providers, pediatricians, a psychiatrist and behavioral health practitioners; implementing daily huddles involving the hospital and clinics; and transitioning three separate electronic medical record systems to a single system across the GRH care continuum. As a result, this hospital achieved low rates for readmissions of complex and chronic patients, as well as behavioral health patients.

For more information on the award and all of the programs and initiatives it covers, check out the latest issue of the GRH Life & Health newsletter.


Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics is a state and nationally recognized, award winning not-for-profit health system that includes a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 13 outpatient clinics. Located in Union County, Oregon, we serve a base population of more than 25,000 residents, as well as providing services for the greater Eastern Oregon region. Since 1907, Grande Ronde Hospital has led this region in efforts to stabilize and secure rural health care services for the communities we serve, while also working to improve the quality of life for all our residents. As the largest private employer in Union County, our employees are dedicated to providing quality health care services to our patients. We offer a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center; Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitation Therapy and Sports Medicine Services, and Home Care Services providing home health care needs. We also operate 13 primary and specialty care clinics: the Behavioral Health Clinic, the Cardiology Clinic, the Dermatology Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Hematology & Oncology Clinic, the Neurology Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Specialty Clinic (General Surgery, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), Podiatry, Rheumatology, and Urology), Urgent Care, the Wound Care Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Women’s & Children’s Clinic (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics). For more information, please visit

Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is an independent, non-profit consulting organization that offers health care providers practical solutions backed by objectivity and expertise. They consult on complex government healthcare programs, implement change on the front lines of care and shine new light on improvement challenges. HQI serves as the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN), bringing together organizations and individuals who are making health care better for millions of Americans through funding provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization Program. Members include hospitals, providers, community-based organizations, health care associations and families.