Baylor Health Care System in Dallas was named the recipient of the National Quality Forums 2008 National Quality Healthcare Award. The 15th annual award recognizes a healthcare organization that successfully uses performance measures to drive quality improvement in patient care.
We are honored to receive this very prestigious award from the National Quality Forum, said Joel Allison, Baylors president and chief executive officer, in a written statement. At Baylor, our healthcare team is continuously working to develop innovative, evidence-based protocols that positively impact the health of our patients and our community.
Baylor has 11 hospitals; its flagship is 930-bed Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Janet Corrigan, the NQFs president and CEO, said the NQFs 11-member award jury was deeply impressed with Baylor, and felt that the system stood out as an exemplary model for raising the bar of health system performance.
In 2005, Allison received Modern Healthcares CEO IT Achievement Award, which is co-sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The NQF conducts the award program in partnership with Modern Healthcare and the Studer Group. The National Committee for Quality Health Care previously handed out the award from 1994 through 2006.
Modern Healthcare will profile Baylor and its quality-improvement efforts in a special feature to be published in the May 12 issue. The NQF will honor Baylor at a dinner in Washington on May 15. For more information on the event, visit the NQFs Web site at qualityforum.org.
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