January 3, 2018 — Lake Oswego — Today, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Small and Rural Hospital Committee announced it had awarded its 2017 Rural Legislator of the Year Award to Senator Ted Ferrioli, (R-John Day) for his long-standing commitment to the health of rural communities and his dedication to the hospitals that serve them. The full text of the resolution passed by the OAHHS Small and Rural Hospital Committee is below.
“Senator Ferrioli has been a steadfast friend to rural hospitals during his years in the legislature,” said Charlie Tveit, chair of the OAHHS Small and Rural Hospital Committee. “It was only natural to honor his commitment to rural health care and rural health care providers at the end of his legislative service. In rural communities, hospitals are mainstays of both the health of the community and also the economy, but their vitality relies on the support of public officials like Senator Ferrioli. This award is to recognize and thank him for his service and devotion to rural health care.”
The full text of the award resolution:
2017 Rural Legislator of the Year Resolution
Presented to Senator Ted Ferroli by the Small and Rural Hospital Committee of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.
Honoring Senator Ted Ferrioli for his legislative contributions to the rural hospital community during his twenty years of service:
Whereas, Senator Ferrioli is known as a staunch supporter and key ally of the hospitals in rural Oregon, both in his district and in other parts of the state;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli has repeatedly voted in favor of measures that ensured residents of rural Oregon had appropriate access to health care resources in their communities;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli has worked through the legislative process to ensure the financial viability of rural hospitals in Oregon;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli was a vital ally in extending the benefits of telemedicine and telehealth to rural Oregonians;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli voted multiple times to ensure patient safety was at the center of Oregon’s health care system;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli was a key voice and supporter in efforts to recruit and retain health care providers in rural Oregon through his ongoing support of incentive programs;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli repeatedly demonstrated his leadership on the question of tort reform, helping shield hospitals against efforts to increase their financial exposure to lawsuits;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli was a supporter of Oregon’s unique system for providing health care coverage to the vulnerable via coordinated care organizations;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli guided the Republican caucus to thoughtful and well-considered positions on topics relating to health care in rural Oregon;
Whereas Senator Ferrioli was a trusted voice for rural Oregonians and the health care providers in their communities;
Therefore be it resolved that the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Small and Rural Hospital Committee
1. Recognizes Senator Ferrioli for his exemplary service to rural health in Oregon,
2. Honors him as 2017 Rural Legislator of the Year, and
3. Wishes him well in future endeavors.