Adventist Medical Center Among the Best Places to Work in Oregon

Adventist Medical Center in Portland ranks among the "100 Best Places to Work" in Oregon, according to a survey published in the March 2004 issue of Oregon Business magazine. More than 200 organizations—including privately held firms, multi-generation family businesses, Oregon-based public companies, multi-national corporations, credit unions and non-profits—demonstrated their commitment to creating great places to work by submitting themselves for scrutiny. More than 16,000 employees took the survey.

Adventist Medical Center ranked 31st among large Oregon companies (those with more than 250 employees worldwide). Scores were based on employee attraction; retention and rewards; working environment; decision-making and trust; performance management; career developing and learning; and employee benefits.

Tillamook County General Hospital recently launched a program to reduce on-the-job injuries and employee turnover. The Isernhagen Work Systems Program is nationally recognized and offers functional job analysis, pre-work screening, functional capacity examination and work rehabilitation.

Through this system, employers identify and define physical and functional aspects of specific jobs within the organization. They can then test the abilities of prospective employees before making a job offer. The functional capacity evaluation and work rehab modules help match injured workers with appropriate new jobs and help close worker’s compensation claims.

Adventist Medical Center’s Hospice program has been awarded full accreditation from the Oregon Hospice Association (OHA). Of the 64 hospice programs in the state of Oregon, only seven have been awarded OHA accreditation. Additionally, Adventist Medical Center’s hospice program is one of only two in the Portland metropolitan area that has received all three certifications: Medicare, Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and OHA.

Adventist Medical Center recently broke ground at Gresham Station, marking the beginning of construction on a major outpatient facility. The site, located a little more than five miles from the main hospital campus, will serve approximately 20 percent of the hospital’s existing patient volume. The construction project began last October, and the hospital expects to open the state-of-the-art facility in the fall.

Walla Walla General Hospital Auxiliary, in conjunction with a local radio station, hosted a five-day Winter Victorian Festival fundraiser featuring an art show, live entertainment, gala dinner and silent auction. More than 150 people attended the dinner and another 500 attended events during the festival. In 2003, the Auxiliary donated 25,000 hours of service to the hospital, and volunteers donated $35,000 to the hospital’s new flooring project.

June 01, 2004 / Adventist Health