Salem Health West Valley receives award

DALLAS — The Oregon Office of Rural Health has recognized Salem Health West Valley hospital as the top performing Critical Access Hospital for the second year in a row.

"We're proud of our reporting team and our lean problem-solving culture here at the hospital," said Bruce Rodgers, Salem Health West Valley chief administrative officer. "Understanding our quality measures shows us our successes and opportunities for improvement. It's all part of getting better every day."

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy created the Medicare Quality Improvement Program in 2011 to implement measures focused on low-volume critical access hospitals. The program helps small hospitals identify measures that fit best and ensure the highest quality patient care.

All 25 of Oregon's critical assess hospitals participate in the voluntary program.

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