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The Oregon Hospice Association is a statewide public benefit organization helping to ensure Oregonians have access to high quality hospice and palliative care as they near the end of life.

The Oregon Hospice Association is committed to improving the quality of life for Oregonians at the end of life and supporting the hospice and palliative care organizations that provide care. The Oregon Hospice Association’s services include public and professional education, advocacy, research, consultation, accreditation and leadership.

What’s New…

Collection Locations for Unwanted & Unused Drugs – UPDATED (click here)

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2015 Professional Practices Exchange “Cultivating Compassion, Compliance and Care” (click here)

Oregon Hospice Association Announces New CEO – Barbara Hansen, MA, RN, CWON, Director of Hospice and Home Health at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice (Albany) and Good Samaritan Region Medical Center (Corvallis) will begin her tenure as CEO of the Oregon Hospice Association in mid-July.   She will also serve as the Executive Director of the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization under a services agreement with the OHA. 

HansenBarb was selected from a large field qualified candidates from Oregon, Washington and the nation.  The CEO Search Committee, which included members of the Executive Committees from both the Oregon Hospice Association and the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, were unanimously impressed with Barb’s extensive hospice and palliative care experience and exceptional leadership skills.

Barb has worked in home care for 30 years following a brief interlude as a critical care nurse. She has been a field nurse, a clinical coordinator, a home health and hospice manager and a JCAHO surveyor.  Barb obtained her B.S.N. from OHSU and has a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University.  After observing her blind, 87-year old grandmother learn how to take care of her own colostomy, Barb was inspired to study at Emory University to become a Wound, Ostomy Nurse in 1997.  Since 2001, Barb has been the administrator of Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany, Oregon, adding a 12-bed inpatient unit to the program in 2012. In addition, she has served as director of Good Samaritan Home Health for the past year.  Barb was the recipient of the Oregon Hospice Association’s Elizabeth Wessinger Award in 2014.   Press Release

Watch NHPCO’s “Hospice Prognosis and Relatedness: A Conversation About the Care Hospices Provide” video and download the Relatedness algorithm:   Download 

Upcoming Events…

September 13-15, 2015: Oregon Hospice Association’s annual Professional Practices Exchange at The Riverhouse in Bend (watch for details)

October 12-13, 2015: Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s annual Fall Conference at Campbell’s Lodge in Lake Chelan (watch for details) 



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