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Legacy Health Partners: A year of gratitude and recognition

By Albert Chaffin, MD, medical director, Legacy Health Partners, and Jenny Robinson, MPH, PMP, executive director, Legacy Health Partners, director, Clinical Improvement Legacy Population Health  

As we near the end of another year, we want to offer our heartfelt gratitude to you – the members of Legacy Health Partners – for your continued participation in LHP and your commitment to caring for our shared patients. We’re grateful for all the ways you individually and collectively contribute to the success and evolution of LHP. 

In the spirit of gratitude, you’ll see recognition of your peers throughout this newsletter. We’re saying goodbye to some departing members of the LHP Board and committees and are so appreciative of their years of service helping to shape and lead LHP. And, if you’re interested in serving in one of these roles, we are accepting applications for one open LHP Board seat and positions on the Clinical Collaboration and Performance Improvement Committee.

More information is available later in this issue.

We’re also thrilled to share the winners of the 2023 LHP Quality Awards and to celebrate these practices and their innovation and achievements in delivering high quality care. As you read about the winners and their quality projects, we encourage you to consider implementing some of these ideas in your own practices.

We not only want to express our gratitude to you at year end, but we’d also like to create opportunities for you to do so throughout the year.  We are introducing a way for you to submit notes of recognition and appreciation for your fellow LHP members. Think of it as an LHP kudos board where we can celebrate you and your colleagues’ achievements year-round. Use the button below when you have a positive experience with another LHP member or want to recognize someone on your staff who goes the extra mile day-to-day. When praise and achievements are submitted, they will be featured in LHP communications for network recognition and celebration. 

Thank you again for all that you do.

Quality Corner: Celebrate our 2023 LHP Quality Award winners

LHP is pleased to congratulate Metropolitan Pediatrics as the winner of the 2023 LHP Quality Awards and $2,000 prize for deploying clinical staff as Immunization Champions and improving routine childhood vaccination rates.

We are also proud to recognize:

  • The Oregon Clinic Gastroenterology South (2nd place and $1,500) for setting up advice teams of nurses and medical assistants to facilitate timely and appropriate care.
  • Broadway Medical Clinic (3rd place and $1,000) for using health portal messages to inform patients they are due for colorectal cancer screening then giving an option for a referral for colonoscopy or to receive a FIT-DNA test kit to their home. 
  • Hillsboro Pediatrics for their Kinder coach program to support parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.
  • Legacy Internal Medicine residents for implementing dotphrases to standardize workups and communication with relevant data from patient charts.

Read the full story for a summary of this year’s quality projects and how we are recognizing our quality award finalists this year.

Additional leadership roles on LHP governance - apply by January 15

Additional roles recently opened up on LHP’s Board of Managers and Clinical Collaboration and Performance Improvement committee and we are accepting applications (due January 15) to fill these important roles:

  • Board of Managers: Adult Independent Specialists
  • Clinical Collaboration & Performance Improvement committee: Providers or administrators of any specialty; preference for surgery and ophthalmology

One of LHP’s founding principles is to be a provider-led organization, which means all programs are developed by a diverse and representative group of health care providers to help our network perform at our highest potential while respecting the various challenges we all face in the health care system. We encourage applications from people of color, women, and those in the LGBTQI+ community so we can effectively serve our patients and improve the health of our communities.

Board and committee members are compensated with an annual stipend for their service, and meetings are a hybrid with both in-person and virtual attendance options.

If you have any questions about the application or would like to speak with someone about what it is like to serve, please email LegacyHealthPartners@lhs.org

Thank you for working hard to care for your patients and for considering being a leader for LHP.

Thank you for your service and support of LHP

We want to give special thanks to our board and committee members for their engagement and leadership of LHP. New board and committee members will be joining LHP’s governance in January and we look forward to introducing them to you in the new year. We’d like to wish the following departing board and committee members well and are grateful for the years of service you generously gave to our network:

  • Janis Howatt, MD, Broadway Medical Clinic – Board of Managers
  • Eric Jones, MD, Devers Eye Institute – Clinical Collaboration & Performance Improvement committee
  • Linda Kennedy, MD, Pacific Medical Group – Finance & Contracting committee
  • Deborah Rumsey, Children’s Health Alliance – Finance & Contracting committee
  • Greg Saunders, MD, Legacy Salmon Creek – Quality & Membership committee
  • Daniel Tseng, MD, Northwest Minimally Invasive Surgery – Board of Managers and Clinical Collaboration & Performance Improvement committee
  • Bahaa Wanly, Legacy Mount Hood – Board of Managers

Announcements, deadlines, and reminders

  • LHP is sending final reminder emails directly to providers who still need to choose one learning module by Dec. 31st. You do not need to login to access the videos this year and can conveniently view them from anywhere from a phone, tablet, or computer. 
  • We are pleased to announce the 2024 clinical integration program to the network. There are few updates to measures and we continue to measure and improve what matters to patients, providers, and insurance payors. You can view a summary of all 2024 performance measures, membership requirements, and access standards on the LHP Team Site.
  • LHP offers many resources and toolkits to help support measures, workflows, and patient outreach and education. You can access these resources on the LHP Team Site and we continue to create new materials all the time, so check back often!