Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky., has been chosen to receive the 2011 NQF Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum. Now in its 18th year, the award, given in partnership with Modern Healthcare, recognizes organizations that have improved quality through public reporting, coordinating care across settings, measuring performance and other means, NQF said in a news release.
Norton Healthcare wins NQF award
NQF's main criterion for this year's award was that the winning organization should provide care that is coordinated and patient-centered, Dr. Janet Corrigan, NQF's president and CEO, said in the release.
“Norton Healthcare's leadership provides an ideal model for other healthcare systems working to raise the bar of health system performance to achieve safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable care,” Corrigan said.
All of Norton's four hospitals use a single, enterprisewide electronic medical record, and the system publicly reports performance data on its website for hundreds of quality indicators. In addition, Norton was one of four sites chosen for the Brookings-Dartmouth Accountable Care Organization pilot project, according to the release.
Modern Healthcare will profile Norton's quality-improvement efforts in its Sept. 12 issue. To read other profiles of past NQF Quality Healthcare Award recipients, click here.
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