PORTLAND — Adventist Health Portland and Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) last month announced agreement to integrate their clinical activities and services in the Portland metro area through an affiliation that becomes effective Jan. 1.
An official for Adventist Health said the new agreement will not compromise her agency’s faith commitment.
This agreement makes OHSU and Adventist Health Portland part of the same Portland metropolitan health system, bringing Adventist’s health care enterprise that includes a 302-bed medical center, 34 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
“Our affiliation brings together the strength of a respected community hospital system in the metro Portland area with that of the only academic health center in Oregon,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson, “The focus Adventist Health Portland has put on quality care and preventive medicine in its community is especially well regarded and complementary to OHSU’s mission.”
Under this affiliation, OHSU and Adventist Health Portland will share a bottom line and operate as a unified system. The affiliation applies to OHSU’s Portland-area clinical services and activities, and Adventist Health Portland, which includes Adventist Health Portland Medical Center and its affiliated clinics, centers and services.
The agreement does not include OHSU’s research and education missions, non-metro clinical activities and services, and the other 19 Adventist Health hospitals in the western United States. Each organization will retain its existing hospital licenses, capital assets and employees.
“We look forward to joining the OHSU family and expanding our focus on impacting lives with high-value, quality whole-person care,” said Joyce Newmyer, president of Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region. “We are confident this affiliation will have a positive impact on patients throughout the state.”
Newmyer said the relationship with OHSU will not diminish Adventist Health’s Christian mission.
“I have found great respect from the leadership of OHSU for our faith-based mission and services, and we in turn respect the values they have exhibited throughout Oregon and beyond,” she said. “We are both dedicated to healing and serving. Our Adventist Health team carries out mission in the name of our Lord, and I do not expect any roadblocks for our unique method of ministry.
“There are, in fact, many at OHSU who are people of faith, who greatly appreciate the added spiritual dimension this affiliation brings to the communities served by both entities.”
A board of managers comprising representatives from each organization will be created to oversee the system. David Russell, president of Adventist Health Portland, will report to Mitch Wasden, executive vice president and chief executive officer of OHSU Healthcare as well as to Newmyer. Adventist Health Portland chief medical officers will report to Russell and John Hunter, chief clinical officer at OHSU.
Each entity will continue to maintain their individual mission and culture but will together transform access and the delivery of health to Oregonians through a unified clinical enterprise and shared brand experience, the officials said.
“We are excited to provide an integrated delivery system that will improve access, create better outcomes and control costs by coordinating care for patients across a spectrum of their health needs,” said Wasden. OHSU is the only academic health center in Oregon and is nationally distinguished as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences.
Based in Portland, it is one of Oregon’s largest employers, operating the top-ranked adult and children’s hospitals in the state, Adventist Medical Center Portland is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.
Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, its team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with its unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing. For more information, visit www.adventisthealth.org