2010 American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

McLeod Regional Medical Center is one of three U.S. hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care.

The 2010 American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize was awarded to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, S.C. on July 22.

"Each hospital recognized today has taken a slightly different path in its efforts to improve quality and patient care," said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA's president and CEO.  "But each has successfully created a new culture– one based on trust, understanding and openness. That culture is absolutely essential in the continuous process of improving patient care, ensuring that care is always the safest and of the highest quality it can possibly be.  Their innovation and commitment to quality improvement highlight that every day, hospitals are leading the way to better health and health care."

McLeod was presented with the award, along with the two other honorees, at the opening session of the AHA Health Forum Leadership Summit in San Diego. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit was honored as the finalist and Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, NY, received a Citation of Merit.

The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually and supported by grants from the McKesson Foundation and McKesson Corporation. 

One goal of the award is to honor organizations that are making progress in quality improvement and that offer models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field.

"We at SCHA are thrilled that McLeod has received this well deserved national recognition for their longstanding commitment to performance excellence in patient care and service quality," said Rick Foster, SCHA senior vice president of quality and patient safety. "I would like to personally congratulate the leadership and staff at McLeod for receiving this prestigious award that acknowledges their team based approach to safe, high quality, patient-centered care system-wide. It is important to note that McLeod has been an active participant in and contributor to our statewide Every Patient Counts quality and patient safety partnership, and has shown a willingness to openly share their best practice experiences and collaborate with other health systems to improve quality, efficiency and safety of patient care across our state. It is my sincere hope that this award will also serve as an inspiration to all SC hospitals to continue their pursuit of performance excellence."

07-21-2010 12:00 (EDT)