Oregon POLST Partnerships

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Relationship of Oregon POLST Entities

There are three entities in Oregon that oversee elements of the Oregon POLST Program. While staff for each is different, there is overlap to ensure open communication occurs.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

The OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care (the Center) houses the Oregon POLST Program. The Center houses the Oregon POLST Program and takes responsibility for:

  • Scheduling and coordinating Oregon POLST Coalition (and its committees) meetings;

  • Answering general Oregon POLST questions via the POLST telephone line (503-494-3965) and email (polst@ohsu.edu);

  • Developing and disseminating educational materials created by the Oregon POLST Coalition; and

  • Maintaining the Oregon POLST website (www.oregonpolst.org).

Additionally, OHSU holds the copyright to the Oregon POLST form and the Center is responsible for:

  • Updating the Oregon POLST form periodically with input from the Oregon POLST Coalition;

  • Making the POLST form available (forms can be ordered at oregonpolst.org/order or entities interested in printing their own forms should contact the Oregon POLST Program)

Currently, the Oregon POLST Coalition Chair is also the Director of the Center for Ethics. The Oregon POLST Executive Director, located at the Center, works closely with the Oregon POLST Coalition members as well as Oregon POLST Registry staff.

Oregon POLST Coalition

The Oregon POLST Coalition is comprised of members from various POLST stakeholders throughout Oregon, including EMS, Hospice, Hospitals, Long-term Care, Legal, and the community. The Coalition (previously Task Force) developed the original POLST form and has helped develop the POLST program in Oregon, including helping to create the Oregon POLST Registry (OPR). It develops, implements, and evaluates the POLST program in Oregon by:

  • Educating about POLST to health care professionals, patients, administrators, and the public (including creating and disseminating educational materials such as brochures, guidebooks, and films); and

  • Advancing research related to POLST and end-of-life planning.

The Coalition works closely with the OPR on projects such as the implementation of electronic POLST forms and electronic submission of POLST forms.

The Coalition has OHSU and OPR representation on its committee. The Coalition is not a separate legal entity and the administrative pieces (e.g., scheduling meetings) is handled by the Center.

Contact Oregon POLST

The Oregon POLST Program Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5pm. The office is closed on all major U.S. holidays.

Phone: 503-494-3965

Fax: 503-494-1260

Email: polst@ohsu.edu



Oregon POLST Registry (OPR)

In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 329 (State Health Fund Board), and in 2009 passed HB 2009 as part of Oregon's health care reform efforts, enabling Oregon to launch the nation's first 24-hour electronic POLST registry on December 3, 2009. First responders and providers are able to call the registry from the field and be informed of a patient's POLST orders. The OPR was established, and is overseen, by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA); OHA has a contract with OHSU for the OPR to be located at OHSU (the OPR is not part of OHSU).

OPR is represented by at least one member on the Oregon POLST Coalition. Additionally, OPR members work on joint projects with the Center staff (for example, in starting up an electronic POLST program in Oregon with OHSU serving as the pilot location).


The mission of the Oregon POLST Registry is to connect emergency health care professionals with their patients’ POLST orders to facilitate compassionate, desired health care during a crisis. We strive to increase accessibility to POLST orders to support continuity of care across health services platforms. The Oregon POLST Registry fosters innovation by creating new ways to securely access health information.

Contact OPR

The Oregon POLST Registry Business Office is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30am - 4pm. OPR is closed on all major U.S. holidays.

Phone: 503-418-4083

Fax: 503-418-2161

Email: polstreg@ohsu.edu

Get Involved

Volunteer your time, your talents, or even your story to help support the mission of the Oregon POLST Registry. Click here to learn more about volunteering.