UNC Hospitals Finalist for Quality Award

UNC Hospitals is among four in the nation that have been recognized for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. It was one of two finalists for the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize in a review 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 six quality aims for safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.

The top prize was awarded to University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. The other finalist was Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, N.Y. Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wis. received a citation of merit.

The prize, supported by a grant from the McKesson Corp., is presented annually to honor leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. It honors hospitals that are making progress in quality improvement and offer models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field.

The committee said, “UNC Hospitals has made impressive efforts to transform culture through the Carolina Care and Commitment to Caring programs as well as focusing on core measures and evidence-based practices. UNC coordinates and improves care for its patients through interdisciplinary leadership of Triads, cross-functional teams consisting of physicians, nurses and care managers.”

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that work to improve health in their communities. It is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care and 42,000 individual members.

McKesson Corp. is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of health care run better.

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