Celebration continues for VCU Medical Center’s national safety and quality honor
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
VCU Medical Center team members gathered Aug. 18 to celebrate the receipt of the American Hospital Association – McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®, the AHA’s top annual honor for leadership and innovation in safety and quality improvement.
AHA President and CEO, Rich Umdenstock, traveled to Richmond to re-present the award to VCU Medical Center at a ceremony and reception. Instead of handing the prize to hospital administrators, it was presented to a group of VCU Health System employees of the year and Safety Stars.
“This is where the work happens,” Umdenstock said. “Health care is a team sport, and it takes a lot of all-stars to make it work.”
Awardees were formally recognized on July 20 in San Diego at the Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit. Nationally, four other organizations were honored as finalists and recipients of citations of merit, but the top prize went to VCU Medical Center, which VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., called “one of our most precious and important resources.”
“This [award[ is the pinnacle – the Nobel Peace Prize of hospital quality and safety,” Sheldon Retchin, M.D., CEO of the VCU Health System and senior vice president for health sciences at VCU said. “AHA and McKesson don’t do things small. This is a great big deal, my friends.”
For more than a decade, VCU Medical Center has implemented numerous safety and quality initiatives across the organization, resulting in substantial improvements of patient care, but hospital leaders say there is still room to grow.
“It’s a wonderful affirmation that we are moving in the right direction,” said John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals.
Gene N. Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., chief safety and quality officer at VCU Medical Center and associate dean for patient safety and quality care in the VCU School of Medicine, finished the ceremony with a similar message.
“This focus on safety – it cannot change,” he said.
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