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Present Duties

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission was created by the Legislature in 2003 to reduce the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon’s health care system and to encourage a culture of safety. The commission is located in Portland and has 13 staff members that support three key programs: Patient Safety Reporting, Early Discussion and Resolution, and grant-funded Quality Improvement Initiatives.

The commission operates the confidential, voluntary Patient Safety Reporting Program to gather information on adverse events, understand why and how adverse events occur, and share aggregate information statewide to improve health care in Oregon.

One of the commission’s newest efforts is Early Discussion and Resolution, which offers patients (or their representatives) and their health care facilities or providers a process for having an open, caring, and confidential conversation if serious physical injury or death occurs during health care.

Additionally, the commission has been awarded grant funding to help selected nursing homes reduce patients’ urinary tract infections.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 285, Portland 97207-0285
Telephone: 503-928-6158
Fax: 503-224-9150
General Email:
Contact: Bethany A. Walmsley, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Rebecca (Gwen) Cox

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 442.820–442.835, Chapter 686
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Records, Publications and General Information

State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog