QHR Hospital Client Steele Memorial Takes Top Prize in Blue Cross Awards Program

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Quorum Health Resources, the national market leader in hospital management and the seventh largest healthcare management consulting firm in the United States, is proud to announce that its hospital client, Steele Memorial Medical Center (Salmon, Idaho), has won first place in Blue Cross of Idaho's 2009 Hospital Quality Awards.

As with many successful organizations, our strength is having the right people in the right positions. Steele Memorial Medical Center has worked really hard to improve patient safety, improve hand-off communication, and improve customer service. Although we are the most isolated hospital in the lower 48, we strive to meet and exceed our customers' expectations on an ongoing basis.

Quorum Health Resources, the national market leader in hospital management and the seventh largest healthcare management consulting firm in the United States, is proud to announce that its hospital client, Steele Memorial Medical Center (Salmon, Idaho), has won first place in Blue Cross of Idaho's 2009 Hospital Quality Awards.

"We're so proud of Steele Memorial's ongoing and successful commitment to quality improvement," said QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar. "The hard work and dedication of the hospital's leadership, board, staff and medical team is commendable, and we're proud to be their partner in strategic, operational and financial management."

"I am so thankful to the entire team at Steele Memorial for all they do to ensure that we deliver quality healthcare to our community each and every day," said Linda Astalos, CEO at Steele Memorial Medical Center. "As with many successful organizations, our strength is having the right people in the right positions. Steele Memorial Medical Center has worked really hard to improve patient safety, improve hand-off communication, and improve customer service. Although we are the most isolated hospital in the lower 48, we strive to meet and exceed our customers' expectations on an ongoing basis."

According to Blue Cross of Idaho, the Hospital Quality Incentive Program, developed in collaboration with Idaho hospitals and the Idaho Hospital Association, measures patient safety and improved clinical outcomes, and rewards hospitals based on their results. The program evaluates several criteria, including the implementation of evidence-based measures known to improve health outcomes in treating pneumonia, heart attack, congestive heart failure and diabetes. The program also evaluates and promotes patient safety by monitoring infections and surgical complications.

QHR (Quorum Health Resources) has provided consulting, management and education resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR is the market leader in hospital management, with nearly 150 current multi-year clients across the U.S. As a consulting resource, QHR is the seventh largest healthcare management consulting firms in the U.S., and the QHR Learning Institute reaches more than 10,000 healthcare professionals each year. For more information, go to http://www.qhr.com.

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