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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Wins a Top National Prize for Quality

American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Recognizes Hospital Leadership and Innovation in Quality Improvement and Safety

BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been awarded the 2013 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® for its leadership and innovation in quality and safety among the nation’s hospitals.

BIDMC was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on its culture of quality and efforts to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims for health care.

“We are honored to be recognized for a commitment to quality and safety that is reflected at all levels of the organization,” said Kevin Tabb, MD, BIDMC’s President and CEO. “I am proud of everyone who has contributed to this distinction.”

“BIDMC is on a continuous journey to eliminate preventable harm by engaging staff – as well as patients and families – in the quality and safety mission,” added Kenneth Sands, MD, BIDMC’s senior vice president of health care quality. “This award is particularly rewarding affirmation that we are on the right path.”

The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to honor leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation.

The criteria for the 2013 award include demonstration of an organizational commitment to and progress in achieving the IOM’s six quality aims — safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity. One goal of the award is to honor hospitals that are making progress in quality improvement with models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field.

“The culture of safety and quality improvement was exceptionally strong and sustainable and the hospital's emphasis on transparency and patient and family involvement in quality and safety, advisory roles, operational committees, and strategic planning provides excellent models for others” said Gail Lovinger Goldblatt, Vice President, Association Governance and Director of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize™

The medical center was one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. Other honorees were: Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., is being honored as a finalist and St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, Ill. and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC will receive Citations of Merit.

“The AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize spotlights an organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, patient-focused care provided with exceptional quality,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA’s President and CEO. “These hospitals supply lessons from which all hospitals can learn.” 

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit the Web site at www.aha.org.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.  Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com .

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide.

BIDMC has a network of community partners that includes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Anna Jaques Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital, Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance, and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Senior Life and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.