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Providence Alaska Medical Center Receives Regional Hospital Quality Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Dec. 9, 2009


Mountain-Pacific Quality Health honors medical center
for performance on national quality measures

ANCHORAGE, AK - Providence Alaska Medical Center has received a Hospital Quality Achievement Award for high-quality patient care and performance improvement initiatives from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Providence received the recognition during the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) 2009 annual conference.

Mountain-Pacific has presented hospitals with Hospital Quality Awards since 2006. This year's awards recognize hospital performance on four national quality projects. To be eligible, hospitals must submit data to the QIO Clinical Warehouse and be signed up to publicly report on the Hospital Compare Web site regarding the clinical topics of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention.

In addition, hospitals must provide a description of performance improvement actions put into effect during past year as well as a description of hand hygiene campaigns and employee immunization programs. Hospital leadership elements are also considered. Providence's performance improvement included establishment of an e-ICU, which continuously monitors critical care patients electronically, and introduction of the REACH telemedicine stroke program, which provides 24-hour remote access to a neurologist.

Hospital Quality Achievement Award recipients are required to reach an 85 percent performance score for the most recent quarter of data locked down in the QIO Clinical Warehouse as of Aug. 15, 2009. Hospitals must also sustain a 90 percent or higher performance rate for the most recent six-month period in 18 or more of the 29 quality indicators for the most recent quarter of data locked down in QIO Clinical warehouse as of Aug. 15, 2009.

All Alaska hospitals are eligible to apply for Hospital Quality Awards. Award-winning hospitals range from small rural hospitals to large urban hospitals.

Additionally, three Providence long-term care facilities were recognized by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the ASHNHA conference. Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center's Care Center and Providence Valdez Extended Care Center received the Excellence in Care Award, the highest award for nursing homes.

To qualify for the Excellence in Care Award, nursing homes must improve care on publicly reported measures and be at the 25th percentile or better on high-risk pressure ulcers and physical restraints and achieve a 95 percent or better level of willing and eligible residents vaccinated for influenza and up-to-date on their pneumococcal vaccinations.

Providence Seward Medical & Care Center received a Quality Achievement Award. To qualify for this award, nursing homes must improve care on publicly reported measures and be at the 40th percentile or better on high-risk pressure ulcers and physical restraints and achieve an 85 percent or better level of willing and eligible residents vaccinated for influenza and up-to-date on their pneumococcal vaccinations.

This is the first year Mountain-Pacific has included nursing homes in its award program which has, in past years recognized hospitals throughout Alaska for their commitment to providing quality care in selected clinical areas
Mountain-Pacific is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska and works under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote proven best practices and transform the way health care is delivered.

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Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska<http://www.providence.org/alaska>.

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