NCQA names hospital 1997 quality award winner

St. Luke’s Hospital’s leadership in the delivery of quality of health care has earned the Kansas City, MO, facility the National Quality Health Care Award for 1997. St. Luke’s, a part of the St. Luke’s-Shawnee Mission Health System, was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its outstanding achievement in the conception and implementation of quality programs in an integrated system.

Criteria used by the panel of seven jurors in awarding this year’s honor included demonstrated leadership, integrated organizational structure, ability to measure outcomes, effective financial management, and commitment to community health needs. Additionally, the jurors considered the ability to articulate the organization’s mission and clearly communicate how it is being achieved.

St. Luke’s Hospital is a 650-bed tertiary care facility offering specialized programs and services. More than 550 physicians are on the medical staff, and regional centers of excellence include the Mid America Heart Institute, a Level I trauma center, center for high-risk maternity care, stroke center, arthritis center, diabetes center, kidney dialysis-transplant center, and a bone marrow transplant program. The St. Luke’s-Shawnee Mission Health System consists of seven hospitals and more than 30 physician practice locations.

In addition to the award to St. Luke’s, the NCQA presented a certificate of honorable mention to Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, for its congestive heart failure quality improvement program. The certificate of honorable mention is targeted to a specific population. Previous winners include Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City; Evanston (IL) Hospital Corp., a member of the Northwestern Healthcare Network; and Henry Ford Health Care, in Detroit.