Creating Lasting Positive Patient Centered Care Results in Zero Infections

June 14, 2012

Adventist Medical Center is committed to providing excellent patient care. This dedication is demonstrated in superior results related to patient care. For example, we’ve accomplished our goal of ZERO infections over the past 39 months (and counting), with ventilator associated healthcare acquired pneumonia. Oregon hospitals reported decreased rates for all health care acquired infections (HAIs) that have been tracked by the state over multiple years. These reductions represent remarkable improvements in the health care Oregonians receive as well as a potential savings of millions of dollars in health care expenditures as a result of hospitals’ improved infection prevention activities.

At Adventist Medical Center, our approach to infection prevention and quality improvement is to create lasting positive patient centered change. Every caregiver realizes that optimal care begins with a focus on patient excellence. We’ve found that our executive level involvement is key to making changes stick. Our CEO, Tom Russell is committed to safety and always seems to find additional ways to remind staff that the care we give each patient must be equal to what we would want for our own family member.

What works well in ICU:

Our daily morning multidisciplinary rounds involves a team consisting of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, infection preventionist, case managers, and other support staff. Each member of the team is empowered to speak up, exchange ideas, learn, educate one another, trouble shoot and problem solve. The final objective is to agree on a daily plan that is in the best interest of the patient.

This process keeps the team consistently working toward common goals centered around the patient. It provides a solid foundation for caregivers to collaborate with the patient and their family for optimal quality outcomes.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is home to Adventist Health-Portland which includes more than 32 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Health-Portland is part of Adventist Health , a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit our website at for more information.


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