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Vidant Medical Center honored for commitment to quality

July 24, 2013 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

Vidant Medical Center honored for commitment to quality

American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Recognizes Hospital Leadership and Innovation in Quality Improvement and Safety 

GREENVILLE, NC – Vidant Medical Center 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, Ill. and Vidant Medical Center received 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 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.” 

“This award is more than just a wonderful recognition and a great achievement,” said Steve Lawler, president, Vidant Medical Center. “It truly represents the high-quality care and superb service our employees deliver to our patients each and every day. 

Vidant Medical Center epitomizes patient and family-centered care by not only including patients and their families during the care process, but also in all aspects of hospital operations and improvement activities. Vidant has strong executive leadership and active governance engagement in quality improvement. 

About the AHA 
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 

About McKesson Corporation 
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, home care and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit . 

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