Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital won a $75,000 quality prize jointly
sponsored by the American Hospital Association, McKesson Corp. and the
San Francisco-based companys foundation.
The prize, now in its sixth year, recognizes hospitals that show
commitment to and make documented progress toward the Institute of
Medicines six quality goals and use quality-improvement strategies that
can be copied elsewhere.
Kathy Wallace, director of medical quality for county-owned Columbus
Regional, said the winnings will fund fellowships in the 235-bed
hospitals newly created patient-care innovation center.
Tom Sonderman, the hospitals chief medical officer and vice president,
cited the hospitals initiatives to improve communication among
providers, including morning rounds with various providers, as one
strategy that improved quality and safety.
Columbus Regional is a McKesson client. Quality prize judges, including a
McKesson representative, must disclose all relationships with finalists
and cannot evaluate or vote on finalists if a conflict of interest
arises, an AHA spokeswoman said. -- by href="mailto:[email protected]">Melanie Evans
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