Two health systems won separate awards for quality and community service last week. HealthPartners, Bloomington, Minn., was named winner of the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum, and Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Fla., won the $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service.
HealthPartners, a group of health plans and clinical network anchored by 399-bed Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., was chosen out of a field of 10 finalists whose applications were judged blindly by a jury. The award is based on the following criteria: effective prioritization of performance improvement goals; use of dashboards to measure and manage system performance; use of data-driven improvement and demonstrated results; and commitment
For the previous 13 years, the award was presented by the National Committee for Quality Health Care, an organization that merged with the NQF last February. NQF President and Chief Executive Officer Janet Corrigan said the award was revamped to place a greater emphasis on the use of standardized quality measures and the public reporting of quality performance based on those measures.
The bar was higher than in prior years, and organizations had to show a commitment to public reporting and standardized quality measures, Corrigan said. HealthPartners is an extraordinary example of a system that has embraced both. In many ways, theyre leading the way.
While noting that HealthPartners was further along than most healthcare organizations in its use of public reporting, Corrigan added that this could also be a reflection of the state of Minnesotas leadership on the issue.
The award is conducted in partnership with Modern Healthcare and is underwritten by the Cardinal Health Foundation. The award will be presented during a reception held March 8 in Washington.
Meanwhile, it was Memorials strong investment in its community well-being and quality of life that impressed the eight-person Foster G. McGaw Prize committee, said one of the judges for the award, Howard Berman, retired CEO of Lifetime Healthcare Cos. Five-hospital Memorial is publicly owned by the South Broward Hospital District.
We are blown away, said Frank Sacco, Memorials president and CEO. Were
The American Hospital Association, Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation sponsor the 21-year-old annual award. Judges named three finalists, each receiving $10,000. They are: Baystate Health, Springfield, Mass.; Montefiore Medical Center, New York; and Sisters of Charity Health System, Lewiston, Maine.