Adventist Health News Notes

Walla Walla General Hospital Earns Top Marks from The Joint Commission

Out of more than 3,000 hospitals submitting data to The Joint Commission, Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) was recently recognized as one of 405 top performers on key quality measures for achieving excellence on measures of quality care in the commission's annual report on quality and safety.

These hospitals, which represent 14 percent of The Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, scored 95 percent for every accountability measure related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma care during 2010.

In addition, The Joint Commission recognized WWGH for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measure during 2010 for the pneumonia measure set.

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Adventist Medical Center – Portland Recognized among Oregon’s Healthiest Employers

Adventist Medical Center was recently on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Healthiest Employers of Oregon 2011. The award is designed to promote the value of workplace wellness and recognize companies demonstrating innovation and leadership in wellness programs.

In addition, the hospital recently opened the LivingWell Bistro on its campus. All menu items are made from fresh, organic, locally- and sustainably-sourced ingredients. The focus is on delicious plant-based cuisine featuring choice seasonal produce.

The bistro’s open design allows customers to interact with the chefs, ask questions about cooking techniques, enjoy the casual dining atmosphere, and look for kitchen gadgets, cookbooks and ingredients to take home. For more information, visit

Tillamook County General Hospital Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

The Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH) was recently named to the list of top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in America by the National Rural Health Association. TCGH joins six other CAHs in Oregon that achieved the highest scores on the Hospital Strength Index in this first-ever comprehensive rating. There are 1,327 CAHs nationwide.

Incorporating 56 different measures of performance, the Hospital Strength Index includes a unique set of measures that rate market strength, value-based strength and financial strength as key pillars for benchmarking and setting new goals to meet upcoming health-reform initiatives.

Additionally, Tillamook County General Hospital is excited to announce the debut of its newly redesigned website. Visitors to the website will find all the information they need to know about the coastal hospital. You are invited to visit

Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., recently launched a YouTube video about its awesome nurses. Now they are YouTube stars! "The Rounding Queen" has become a YouTube hit and is the hospital’s most viewed video ever — and it’s still spreading quickly. You can see the video at or on the hospital's Facebook page at

December 01, 2011 / Adventist Health

Brittany Russell Dobbs, Adventist Health GLEANER correspondent