CENTRALIA — St. Mary’s Hospital was one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The 2013 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which will receive $75,000. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which serves patients and communities in the Greater Boston area, was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on its culture of quality and efforts to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims for health care. Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., is being honored as a finalist and will receive $12,500. St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. will receive Citations of Merit.
The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to honor leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation. The criteria for the 2013 award include demonstration of an organizational commitment to and progress in achieving the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims — safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity. One goal of the award is to honor hospitals that are making progress in quality improvement with models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field.
“The committee awarded this citation in recognition of St. Mary’s pervasive culture of safety, strong leadership and significant patient and family engagement in the care process. It was impressed by St. Mary’s shared governance approach for all departments, active engagement of staff in the quality and process improvement efforts and strong alignment goals from the organizational to the individual level,” says Gail Lovinger Goldblatt, VP Association Governance & Director, AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.
“The AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize spotlights an organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, patient-focused care provided with exceptional quality,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA’s President and CEO. “These hospitals supply lessons from which all hospitals can learn.”
“I am so proud of our team of employees, physicians, and volunteers,” says St. Mary’s Hospital President Bruce Merrell, upon learning about this award. “St. Mary’s Hospital strives to keep patient safety a priority and is dedicated to its mission – to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. With continuous improvements of processes and development of new programs and initiatives, St. Mary’s Hospital is able to maintain its reputation for exceptional patient care in southern Illinois,” he adds.
Committed to continuous quality improvement, St. Mary’s Hospital adopts best practices of the health care industry in areas such as patient care, quality, safety, customer satisfaction, and employee and physician engagement. Patient safety and quality care programs are initiated and evaluated to ensure the latest quality measures, checks and balances are in place. Programs such as shared governance encourage staff involvement in decisions that affect work processes and safety. Other initiatives such as TeamSTEPPS and CQIplus help to improve the culture of safety, teamwork and communication, as well as improve clinical care in areas such as infection prevention and control, mortality, readmissions and other outcomes.
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit the Web site at www.aha.org.
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com .