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Medical center tapped with AHA-McKesson Quest award

By Mikie Hayes
Public Relations

Jeff Felton, left, president, Connected Care & Analytics with the McKesson Corp. joins Rich Umbdenstock, right, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, in presenting the merit citation to Dr. Patrick Cawley, MUSC executive director and CEO, MUSC Medical Center. photo provided

MUSC Medical Center has been awarded the American Hospital Association–McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Citation of Merit. This award recognizes hospitals in the pursuit of excellence and specifically MUSC’s leadership and innovation in quality and patient safety improvement.

Patrick Cawley, M.D., CEO of the MUSC Medical Center, describes the hospital’s award–winning program. “MUSC Medical Center has made great strides in effectiveness and safety. By designing and updating clinical decision support tools and harnessing academic resources and talent, our organization demonstrates a strong commitment to quality improvement. We are also effectively engaging families and patients in a broad range of committees and projects.”

MUSC strives to continually provide safe, patient-centered and equitable care. Developing a culture that encourages best practices, safe reporting and enhanced clinical support tools is the key to the success of MUSC’s work around safety. And the results have been particularly impressive.

Since 2007, the medical center has seen an 84 percent reduction in central-line infections and a 52 percent reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia.

MUSC was one of three hospitals in the U.S. that received the Citation of Merit and the only hospital on the East Coast. Other hospitals awarded Citations of Merit include the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin and Clinics in Madison, Wisc.

The award honors hospitals that are making progress in quality improvement and offer models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field. Top Quality Prize winners were VCPU Medical Center in Richmond, Va. and Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord, N.C.

Criteria for the award included the demonstration of an organizational commitment to and progress in achieving four quality aims: raising awareness of the need for a hospital–wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe, patient-centered care; rewarding successful efforts to develop and promote a systems–based approach toward improvements in quality of care; inspiring hospitals to be leaders in improving the health of their communities while enhancing outcomes and the experience of care for patients and reducing per capita cost of care; and communicating successful programs and strategies to the hospital field.

August 1, 2014



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