Quest for Quality Prize Recognizes Leadership and Innovation in Quality, Safety and Patient Care
Three U.S. hospitals are recognized for their leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. The 2009 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize recognizes leadership and innovation in quality, safety and patient care. Bronson Methodist in Kalamazoo received the top award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was honored as the finalist, and Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., received the Citation of Merit.
The 2009 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., which will receive $75,000. Bronson Methodist Hospital, a 380-bed hospital serving patients and communities in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana, 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 six quality aims for health care.
The criteria for the 2009 award include the demonstration of an organizational commitment to achieving the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity. One goal of the award is to honor organizations that are making progress in quality improvement on all six aims and that offer models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field. Relevant learnings and key elements for achieving progress that have stood out among the current and past honorees include recognizing that organizational leadership is critical, that what is measured is what gets attention and that patient and family involvement is integral to quality improvement.
(SOURCE: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, July 20, 2009)