Health & Temperance – Adventist Medical Center, Portland Health Results

Portland Hospital Ranks in Top Safety Tier – Adventist Medical Center (AMC) is the recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals. The Portland, Ore., hospital credits this distinction to the efforts it has been implementing to enhance communication between patients and their caregivers. According to Judy Leach, AMC spokesperson, the study finds that Medicare patients at Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were almost 48 percent less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5 percent in the nation. “Adventist Medical Center has been focused on doing what’s best for the patient,” states Tom Russell, President and CEO of AMC. “We’ve empowered every employee to identify ways of improving communication and help implement protocols designed to ensure a positive patient experience.” Read more HERE

Tillamook Hospital Named Top Performer – Tillamook County General Hospital (Tillamook Hospital) has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Tillamook Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and stroke. Tillamook Hospital is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Read more HERE.

Health Study Results Shared in Portland – Karen Jaceldo-Siegl was in Portland, Ore., last week to share preliminary findings from the Adventist Health Study-2 with the “Enhanding Health with Plant-Based Nutrition” conference co-sponsored by the Adventist Medical Center. Jaceldo-Siegl is in charge of quality control for all aspects of the current study which includes 96,000 Adventists from around North America and comparisons between white and black populations. Findings so far show 28 percent more Adventist men than the control group survive past the age of 81, and 19 percent more Adventist women live past 86. The study also found that while whites consume more whole grain bread and legumes, blacks eat more cruciferous vegetables. Read more about Jaceldo-Siegl’s presentation in Portland online HERE.

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