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Four Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Quality

SAN FRANCISCO (July 20, 2015) – Four U.S. hospitals are being recognized for their leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® will be awarded to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., which will receive $75,000.

Children’s Hospital Colorado, serving children throughout Colorado and surrounding states, was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on its sustainable and pervasive achievements in the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims of safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.

Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., an academic medical center, was honored as a finalist and will receive $12,500. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind. each received the Citation of Merit. 

The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe and patient-centered care, and reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation. This year’s awardees will be honored on July 23 at the Health Forum-American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Francisco. 

“Every hospital can take a page from the book these hospitals are writing each and every day on how to provide quality care,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA’s president and CEO. “Through impressive engagement of patients, families, their boards and their whole staff, these hospitals are excelling in safe, patient-centered, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable care.” 

“I am truly inspired by the achievements of today’s award winners,” said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson Corporation. “These hospitals are examples of the future of health care and they prove we can continually improve patient care through innovation, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.”

Prize Winner: Children’s Hospital Colorado – Aurora, Colo.

Children’s Colorado continually keeps safety and quality improvement at the forefront. A collaborative commitment by the board, senior management, medical staff and workforce means everyone can contribute to the hospital’s goals, including parents, who are involved not only in their children’s care, but also in the hospital’s quality and process improvement work. With strong hospital-wide commitment and robust data and analytics, Children’s Colorado’s culture focuses on safe and effective, high quality care for every patient. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. 

Finalist: Duke University Hospital – Durham, N.C.

Duke University Hospital has an organization-wide commitment to continuously advancing the delivery of high quality care and patient safety. Duke engages physicians and staff in every department in ongoing organization performance improvement efforts to achieve these goals. This dedication extends into the community through outreach efforts designed to meet community health needs by increasing access with same-day clinics and community clinics, programs, and partnerships, including sharing employment with the public health department.

Citation of Merit: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Zero Hero program strives for the goal of eliminating all preventable harm for their pediatric patients and staff. Outside its walls, the hospital focuses on improving the safety and quality of life for children and the community. Physicians and employees are passionate about driving improvement. Guiding this work is a committed board, senior leadership and medical staff. 

Citation of Merit: Schneck Medical Center – Seymour, Ind.

Schneck Medical Center demonstrates excellence in staff and physician engagement. The entire organization is passionate about safety and quality improvement. Serving four counties in southeast Indiana, the hospital has made strides in providing smooth health care transitions through an innovative approach collaborating with local extended care facilities. Schneck Medical Center is a leader in strategic use of data and information to drive behavior change.

About the AHA

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