2014 Qualis Health Idaho Quality Award Winners Announced

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Qualis Health recognizes Idaho organizations for improvements in Healthcare.

Qualis Health CEO Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH

Qualis Health CEO Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH

The work being done here in Idaho reflects successful efforts to simultaneously improve care and lower cost.

Qualis Health, one of the nation's leading healthcare consulting and care management organizations, presented the Idaho Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality today. Three healthcare organizations from across the state were recognized for achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes in 2013.

"Efforts to improve healthcare quality and value are an intense focus across the nation. With today's awards, we celebrate Idaho organizations that have committed to transforming healthcare delivery for their patients, families and communities," said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. "The work being done here in Idaho reflects successful efforts to simultaneously improve care and lower cost."

The award recipients were recognized during a lunchtime ceremony at the 2014 Annual Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Sugarman and Linda Rowe, MS, Qualis Health's Director of Idaho Care Transitions & Patient Safety, presented the awards.

The 2014 Quality Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality were presented to the following organizations:

  • Saint Alphonsus Health System, Boise, for their project “Safety: Every Patient, Every Time. Building a Culture of Safety.”
  • St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Boise, for their project “Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Reducing CLABSIs in a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Population.”
  • St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls, for their project “Antimicrobial Stewardship.”

Honorable mentions were also provided to Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Mountain Valley in Kellogg and St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise.

About Qualis Health

Qualis Health is a national leader in improving care delivery and patient outcomes, working with clients throughout the public and private sector to advance the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare for millions of Americans every day. In Idaho, Qualis Health serves as the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) and provides case management and utilization management services to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid. Learn more at http://www.qualishealth.org.

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