It can never be said that the employees at the Oregon Health Authority aren't willing to step up.
Across the agency I see people taking bold steps to support the new Coordinated Care Organizations that will begin operating in August.
As our external partners are remaking themselves to be more person-centered and coordinated, so are we. And it's happening on a very fast timeline. It means rethinking old processes, reaching outside our comfort levels, and thinking in new and creative ways. It means long hours, rapid decisions and unprecedented collaborations. People who have never worked together in our agency before are working side by side under intense conditions.
So this week I want to simply say, "Thank you," to everyone who is working so hard. And thank you to your friends and family who are also making sacrifices so that you can do this historic work.
There is going to come a time when Coordinated Care Organizations are operating, when new models of care have become the norm, when we are able to help people be healthier and when the savings are realized. When that day comes we will all be able to say, "We were there. We started that."
Thanks to you, that day is getting closer.