Vital Signs

02 Dec 2014

In 1975, Mylia Christensen was a self-described “baby nurse.” One night, after the emergency department erupted into chaos, a switch flipped, and she knew her life’s calling would be health care. Some 30-odd years later, Christensen found herself on her first day of work for Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. This patient’s vital signs were good: a spunky, 10-year-old organization with a great genetic blueprint, but in need of a treatment plan. Together, the staff and the board set about improving the quality of health care for all Oregonians. “These patients, our organizations, are never discharged,” Christensen said.

Mylia Christensen, RN, is the executive director of Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.