The American Hospital Association recognized the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond with its top honor for leadership and innovation in safety and quality improvement, according to a news release.
The VCU Medical Center was selected as the 2014 recipient of the AHAMcKesson Quest for Quality Prize in part because of training that resulted in a 50% reduction in serious safety hospital events, an electronic early warning system that alerts caregivers in real time of a patients declining health status and a community clinic that has enhanced care management and care coordination for the sickest, poorest patients.
The VCU Medical Center, an urban academic research medical center, was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of healthcare quality and patient safety experts based on its sustainable and widely adopted approach to achieve the Institute of Medicines six quality aims for safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable healthcare.
We are humbled and honored by this recognition because it affirms that we are among the best of the very best in the nation, John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, VCU Health System, said in the release. It is because of the dedication and hard work of our more than 10,000 alert and concerned team members that we have had such success in keeping our patients from encountering preventable harm.
The AHA selection committee noted how VCU Medical Center physicians and staff across all elements of the organization demonstrated a focus on high-reliability practices and dedication to ensuring the safety of patients, staff and visitors, according to the release.