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Accreditations and Achievements

VAPORHCS has received a number of accreditations and awards. Some of our notable accomplishments include —

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award (2012, 2014)

The Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award is an annual award sponsored by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. VAPORHCS is one of only three VA facilities/health care systems honored with an award in 2013 as a "Performance Excellence Winner,"  for 2012, and in 2014 awarded the highest award as the 2013 "Trophy Winner."  The Carey Award recognizes organizations within the department that have implemented management approaches resulting in sustained high levels of performance and service to Veterans. This coveted award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria for performance excellence, used by thousands of organizations around the world to continuously improve efficiency and performance to become among the best in their field.


California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE) 2013

VAPORHCS was recognized as a leader of innovation, service, and performance excellence in 2013 by the California Council on Excellence (CCE). CCE awarded PVAMC with a Silver-Level Eureka California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE).  CAPE is Oregon's state-level affiliate of the Malcolm Baldrige program.  VAPORHCS was one of 12 winning organizations with CCE and the only organization in Oregon recognized with the Silver award.  The CAPE award program recognizes organizations that demonstrate superior performance in seven key business areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management and results.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures recognized by The Joint Commission 2011 & 2012

VAPORHCS was recognized in 2012 and 2013 as a Top Performer on all four Joint Commission Key Quality Measures; Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care for our work duing 2011 and  2012. VAPORHCS is in the top percentage of 3,300+  hospitals nationwide that report this core measure performance data. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. VAPORHCS was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Magnet Designation 2006; redesignated in 2010 & 2015

VAPORHCS / Portland VAMC was designated as a Magnet Hospital in 2006 and redesignated in 2010 and again in 2015.  Magnet is the Gold Standard for Nursing and provides national recognition for healthcare organizations with cutting-edge research, quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. When first designated as a Magnet Hospital in 2006, VAPORHCS was the 3rd VA facility/health care system to receive this distinguished designation of nursing excellence.  Magnet designation recognizes quality patient care and nursing excellence, providing customers with the ultimate benchmark to measure quality of care that they can expect to receive.  The program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession and is a useful recruiting tool for nursing professional services.  More details can be found here.

Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, VAPORHCS was selected as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).  HEI is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. Only eight Health Care Systems in Oregon hold the 2017 Leader status in the HEI.

Donate Life Northwest

VAPORHCS earned the Gold Medal achievement for the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign in 2013 and was the first hospital in the country to be awarded this honor in recognition of our contribution to organ, eye, and tissue donation awareness.