EHS Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill., has won the Healthcare Forum's 1994 Commitment to Quality Award.
The award, one of the healthcare industry's most coveted prizes, recognizes EHS' 4-year-old continuous quality improvement program.
"Winning this award is a tribute to the teamwork that's going on throughout EHS," said Richard Risk, EHS' president and chief executive officer.
In 1993, EHS' CQI program saved the system $38.5 million, or 5.9% of its total expenses of $647.2 million, a spokeswoman said. Between 1990 and 1994, the average length of stay for adult patients at EHS' five hospitals decreased 1.5 days to 5.2, EHS said.
To involve its employees, EHS holds annual systemwide management planning retreats to focus on integrating CQI in education, planning and customer service. It also emphasizes CQI training for new employees and continuing education for employees, managers and physicians.
CQI projects at EHS have included developing a one-day stay maternity program at EHS Trinity Hospital and EHS Home Health Care Services, reducing adult asthma readmissions at EHS Bethany Hospital, and improving pneumonia management at EHS Christ Hospital and Medical Center, executives said.
EHS will accept the award June 16 at the Healthcare Forum's conference on benchmarking in San Diego.
Winners of the award have included Williamsport (Pa.) Hospital & Medical Center (1993) and Florida Hospital, Orlando (1992).