Eight members of VHA received the Irving, Texas-based hospital alliance's revamped Leadership Awards this month.
Previously, the awards reflected only a high level of participation in VHA programs. They now recognize efforts to improve community health, clinical effectiveness, organizational management and supply-chain management.
More than 100 hospitals and healthcare systems entered, submitting a 10-page narrative and documentation.
The winners: Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala.; Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital; Memorial Health System, South Bend, Ind.; St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.); Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, Pa.; and Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.