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Local Hospital Recognized as Best Practices Top Performer

Hospital news | Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Contact: Mardi Ford

Jim Mattes, President and CEO of Grande Ronde Hospital, announced recently that the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, a network comprised of Oregon’s Critical Access Hospitals, recognized Grande Ronde as a “Best Practices Top Performer” in a multi-state Quality Health Indicators (QHi) performance benchmarking program.Grande Ronde Hospital was recognized as a “top performer” for exemplary performance in minimizing Hospital Acquired Infections.

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 Grande Ronde was one of only four participating Critical Access Hospitals to score as a top performer in this measure.

He further complimented Grande Ronde Hospital for their commitment to quality and demonstrated leadership.
QHi is a web-based, clinical quality 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.

“Our participation in the Quality Health Indicator benchmarking program underscores our commitment to providing the best care to our patients and our community,” said Brandie Manuel, Grande Ronde’s Quality Manager.

“We joined the web-based, multi-state benchmarking project because it allows us to compare our hospital’s quality data with other small rural hospitals on a monthly basis. The opportunity to compare our practices with those of more than 235 other small rural hospitals across 16 states is extremely valuable.”

Each month, participating hospitals enter their quality measure data. 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.

“It’s an impressive achievement to be named a “Best Practices Top Performer” particularly knowing the large number of hospitals with whom we were compared. This award validates our commitment to delivering the best quality possible to our patients and community,” Jim Mattes added.

For more information, contact: Eric Buckland, Executive Director, ORHQN
Phone: (541) 306-3439, Email: