Making big change and driving real improvement requires those involved come together with a shared understanding of the problem and a shared vision of the solution.
We are fortunate in Oregon that our health system has come together in just that way. And last week 11 health care leaders were honored as part of the Oregon Business Association's "Statesman of the Year" award.
I have worked side-by-side with the elected officials and health care leaders who received the award and it is well-deserved. They exemplify what is happening across the state as thousands of "health care heroes," work to push toward a more integrated health care system designed for better health and lower costs.
Here is a video that tells the story about what has happened in our state over the past few years.
I extend my congratulations and thanks to all of this year's honorees and the countless others – in communities and in our own agency, who are working so hard to make this vision a reality.
- Commissioner Tammy Baney, Deschutes County
- Sen. Alan Bates, Senate District 3, Medford
- Dr. George Brown, CEO, Legacy Health
- Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Roseburg
- Rep. Tim Freeman, House District 2, Roseburg
- Dr. Megan Haase, CEO, Mosaic Medical, Prineville
- Rep. Tina Kotek, House District 44, North Portland
- Andrew McCulloch, President/CEO, Kaiser Permanente
- Dr. Joe Robertson, President, OHSU, Oregon Health Policy Board
- Lillian Shirley, Director, Multnomah County Health Department, Oregon Health Policy Board vice chair
- Greg Van Pelt, Chief Executive, Providence Health Systems - Oregon Region