Quest for Quality Prize Overview


An American Hospital Association Award
The Quest for Quality Prize is administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust.

The goals of The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize are to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe, patient-centered care; reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care; inspire hospitals to be leaders in improving the health of their communities while enhancing outcomes and the experience of care for patients and reducing per capita cost of care; and communicate successful programs and strategies to the hospital field.

For 2015, one winning hospital will receive $75,000; up to two finalists will receive $12,500 each.  Other site-visited organizations (up to four) may be named Citation of Merit honorees.  All U.S. hospitals are eligible for the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. 

The prize honors hospitals that

  • have committed in a systematic manner and can document achievements in the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims--safety, patient [and family]-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
  • are taking steps to improve the health status of their communities; and
  • provide replicable models and approaches for the hospital field.


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