Adventist Health News Notes

Adventist Health Welcomes New Northwest Board Member

Melody Gabriel has been appointed to the Adventist Health board of directors, according to Ricardo B. Graham, board chairman.

Gabriel fills a position previously held by Lynn Creitz. Creitz, a businessman from the Portland, Ore., area, contributed more than 12 years of committed service as a dedicated member of the Adventist Health board of directors. Graham acknowledged Creitz's steadfast support and guidance over the years.

Gabriel is the vice president of operations and an owner of Generations LLC, a Portland-based management company for large senior-living campuses. In addition, she is an owner/member of three senior-living campuses in Portland, greater San Diego, Calif., and Walla Walla, Wash. Gabriel is also the managing member of White Gabriel White.

With more than 20 years of marketing and management experience, Gabriel has an operational and leadership development background as well. She has been with Generations LLC since graduating from Pacific Union College with a bachelor of science degree. She is also a board member of the Oregon Health Foundation and serves as its treasurer.

Tillamook County General Hospital a Top Performer

The Joint Commission recently recognized 620 U.S. hospitals as top performers in adhering to evidence-based care practices that enhance patient outcomes. Tillamook (Ore.) County General Hospital was one of only five Oregon hospitals recognized on this list.

For its 2012 report, The Joint Commission analyzed the performance of accredited hospitals on 45 accountability measures included in the organization's Key Quality Measures program for all of 2011. The measures are related to myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke care and children's asthma care, among others. To be recognized as a "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures," a hospital had to meet or exceed 95 percent performance on a composite score that included all accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission.

In addition, Tillamook Medical Group was recently notified by the Oregon Health Authority that all three of its clinic locations have been awarded Tier 2 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCH) recognition.

The PCH designation means that these clinics are recognized as having a commitment to quality, coordinated services that are focused on the best possible care for each patient. The clinics have also demonstrated their ability to provide comprehensive services on-site and through partnerships with other providers in the community. Organizing care around the patient, working in teams and coordinating services are all hallmarks of this new medical home model.

November 01, 2012 / Adventist Health