January 01, 2008 | Shawna Malvini

Portland Hospital Offers Elite Home Care Services

Adventist Health Home Care Services is the recipient of the 2007 HomeCare Elite award. The Portland-based home care agency is the only home health provider in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to be named among the top 100 home care agencies in North America.

Outcome Concept Systems, Inc., a Seattle-based company, evaluated 7,422 national agencies for performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. This is the second consecutive year Portland's Adventist Health Home Care Services has been provided the prestigious Elite Award, moving up from the top 500 ranking last year to the nation's top 100 agencies in 2007.

Carmen Cafferky, Adventist Health Home Care Services administrative director, credits the dedicated team of skilled nurses, rehab specialists, home health aides and leaders who comprise the 55-person team for being named among the nation's best. "Providing our patients compassionate quality care remains our top priority," adds Cafferky.

Adventist Health and Generations Break Ground on Paradise Village

In the summer, Adventist Health and Generations broke ground on a 497-unit senior living community located in the San Diego area. Slated to open October 2008, Paradise Village will offer affordable senior housing options as well as wellness opportunities and access to outstanding services and amenities. Specifically, the complex will include 419 independent living units and 74 assisted living units. Residents will enjoy month-to-month leases, allowing them to move to different units as their needs require.

The retirement center is a joint venture between Adventist Health and Generations, LLC, the same Portland, Oregon-based company that partnered with Adventist Medical Center to create CherryWood Village and Walla Walla General Hospital to create Wheatland Village.

Eastern Washington Gets New GI Services

Walla Walla General Hospital opened a new gastrointestinal/endoscopy lab in an effort to better serve its patients. This new GI lab includes a state-of-the-art automated endoscope reprocessing unit, which significantly reduces the risk that an endoscope would be reprocessed incorrectly and virtually eliminates exposure to liquid chemical germicide agents and fumes. Procedures are now being performed in the lab five days a week and on the weekends for emergencies.

Coastal Oregon Golf Tournament Swings Into Success

Golfers at the 2007 Tillamook County General Hospital Classic Tournament enjoyed a beautiful morning at Bay Breeze Golf Course. Nearly $4,000 in net proceeds was raised in support of the hospital's Simulation Education program, which features SimMan, a cutting-edge computerized manikin that nursing students and clinical staff use to hone their life-saving skills.

Portland Staff Builds Housing for the Needy

In the fall, a group of Adventist Medical Center staff partnered with Mt. Hood Habitat for Humanity to work on a five-unit housing structure in Gresham, Ore., known as Jubilee Commons. Employees spent time nailing panels of exterior sheathing to the frame of the structures. When complete, Jubilee Commons will be a 22-unit complex that will house 44 adults and 56 children. The goal of the complex is to help eliminate substandard housing in east Multnomah County.