McLeod Honored Nationally for Quality, Safety and Patient Care

It is with great pleasure that I announce that McLeod Regional Medical Center has been recognized nationally as the winner by the American Hospital Association for our organization’s work to improve care for our patients and their families. I am so thankful to all our teams for their dedication and hard work to make this very significant honor possible.

The 2010 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize™, awarded to one hospital in the country, was presented to McLeod Regional Medical Center in San Diego California on Thursday. A team of staff, physicians and leadership representatives attended the event. Dr. William Boulware, Chief of the McLeod Regional Medical Staff, accepted the award on behalf of McLeod. The prize, supported by grants from the McKesson Corporation, will fund the travel and additional training in quality and safety for the organization.

McLeod was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts from across the nation for the honor, based on the McLeod culture of quality and efforts to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims for health care — by engaging physicians, staff and leadership in efforts to improve quality through safety, patient-centered care, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness and equity.

The goals of the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize are to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care as well as to reward successful efforts to develop and promote system wide approaches toward improvements in quality of care.

The Quest for Quality award is a tribute to the work of all our people and their commitment to leading the way for better health and health care in the communities we serve. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your extraordinary work and your role in helping us achieve this outstanding honor.

All U.S. hospitals are eligible for the annual American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

McLeod Regional Medical Center was the 2010 winner, Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan was a finalist and Queens Hospital Center in New York received the Citation of Merit. McLeod is the only hospital in South Carolina to be presented with this national recognition.

The prize honors hospitals that:
• have committed in a systematic manner to achieving the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims–safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity;
• can document progress in achievement of all six of the IOM aims; and
• provide replicable models and systems for the hospital field.

In 2007, McLeod was recognized with a Citation of Merit by the American Hospital Association in the ‘American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.’ 

Among the previous Honorees are Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA; and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

We are proud of this achievement by our medical staff and our people who work on behalf of our patients and their families daily. We are committed to ongoing efforts toward improvements and continue to apply the Six Aims in quality: Safety, Effectiveness, Patient-Centered Care, Timeliness, Efficiency and Equity to our programs and services.

We look forward to a year of celebrating this honor with our people and the community. More information will be forthcoming about these opportunities.

Thanks for all you do and your devotion to making McLeod the choice for medical excellence.


About 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 include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

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.

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