CareOregon SPIRIT

Releasing Time to Care

Dave Ford and Barbara Kohnen joined four teams from Oregon hospitals for a one-week study tour with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSI) in Coventry, England. The purpose was to learn from frontline nurses how to implement The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care, a nurse-centered methodology for unit-based improvement in hospitals. Participants included 4-6 person teams from four hospitals in Oregon: OHSU, Providence Portland, Tuality Healthcare, and St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, as well as two representatives from HealthPartners in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The four-day training consisted of two classroom days at NHSI headquarters at the University of Warwick, followed by two days of site visits to Leicester General Hospital and Nottingham University Hospital.

What Did You Do This Summer?
Four Triathlons and Counting ...

I completed my first triathlon in September 2009 as part of Team in Training … the fundraising arm for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   I raised $5,900 … about $2000 more than the minimum limit.  In return for raising money for LLS, you become a part of a team that trains together and has the benefit of two coaches who lead some of the training sessions and help you be as prepared as possible.  I trained last summer from May to September and placed 6th in my age group in the competition which was in Pacific Grove, CA.  I absolutely loved it, and became fascinated with the sport.
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Kayaking the Willamette100 Miles on the Willamette River

Paddle Oregon is sponsored by Willamette River Keeper and is one of their major fundraisers every year.  This was the 10th anniversary.

"The river was gorgeous in the mornings, like glass and so clear you could see the rocks as you moved on the river.  Peaceful and quiet except for the natural sounds of the birds.  We did paddle through some towns which was fun too.  I most enjoyed the quiet river and the beauty.  The first night I camped out under the stars. - Cathy Merge

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Telling our stories

CareOregon is working on a videography project to learn from Oregonians about the role health care plays in their lives. We're talking to people who either have the Oregon Health Plan or who are uninsured about their experience with and without health insurance.
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Federal Legislative Update

September 23rd, 2010 was the six month anniversary of the passage of sweeping federal health care reform legislation.  It is hard to believe that half a year ago CareOregon’s federal health policy focus was on whether or not health care reform would become law, and now we have turned our attention to how to best to implement and position ourselves to be competitive in the new health care world. 
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Walking for Becky

Decked out in our "Becky Brigade" visors and CareOregon t-shirts in honor of Claims Supervisor, Becky Crain, 15 CareOregon team members met at Willamette Park on Saturday, August 28, 2010, to participate in the 5th Annual Brain Tumor Walk.  Becky was diagnosed with a brain tumor over a year ago.  Just seven weeks ago, I organized the CareOregon Team and am thankful for the people who wanted to walk in honor of Becky.

We joined other walkers, 750 in all, for food, music, and more before the start of the 3.2 mile walk along the Willamette River.  There were plenty of smiles and hugs among the participants and we heard some very touching and inspirational stories from survivors and their families.  I was affected by what I saw and heard and know other CareOregon team members felt the same.
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Mens Fitness TeamCareOregon men were Blazers for a day!

O.K., honorary Blazers for a day. Well, they were trained as a Blazer for sure. July 27th was a Just For Men’s Fitness Day sponsored by Healthy Together. The focus was on strength, flexibility and agility. Bob Medina, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Portland Trail Blazers and his team lead a boot camp of stretches, body weight exercises and agility training that turned the 4th floor in to a heart pounding gym.

There were fast paced ladder/cone drills, grueling resistance band exercises and good old fashioned floor work using the body as the weight for strength exercises. It was the actual workout the Blazers go through with Bo,b and it was no walk in the park!

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In This Issue
Calendar of Events
Earth Friendly Workplace
Featured Articles
For your information
Healthy Living
Legislative Update
October - December Service Anniversaries
Volunteer Opportunities
What's Cookin'? at CareOregon!
Who Cares? Archive - Past Issues

What is a Skunkworks?

Answer: From Wikipedia:
"A skunkworks project is one typically developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation."

CareOregon conducted a 90-day rapid innovation project, inspired by the Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) model.   Between June 15 and September 15 the ground floor was converted into an innovation center assigned to respond to the following charge.
“Knowing what we now know about federal and state health care reform, create a plan of action for CareOregon considering the needs of the state of Oregon.”
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Green Team Update
Creating a happier, healthier CareOregon

In the comfort of my own home, recycling, composting, and switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs is simple.  Once I hit the office though, it’s easy to turn into an energy wasting triplicate-printer who leaves the lights on in unused rooms.

What's Cookin'?
our new clinics Director of Operations, cooks up some hearty Italian Wedding Soup

in Network Relations shares her favorite family recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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