Alaska Hospitals Receive Health Care Awards Anchorage, Alaska – Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Hospital Quality Awards. This is the eighth year running for these awards, which recognize Alaska hospitals for their dedication to ensuring that patients receive high quality care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical infection prevention. These four measure sets are computed into one composite score known as the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM). This score is one of three decisive factors used to determine the award winners. Additionally, each hospital must have a presence on Hospital Compare and also participate in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The two award options and criteria are: Quality Achievement Award - hospitals must reach a 95% performance composite score for the most recent two quarters of data locked in the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Clinical Warehouse as of August 15, 2013. Commitment to Quality Award - hospitals must reach a 90% performance composite score for the most recent two quarters of data locked in the QIO Clinical Warehouse as of August 15, 2013. “Alaskan Healthcare leaders are deeply committed to championing patient safety, improving patient satisfaction and improving health for communities throughout the State. Our healthcare executives realize their commitment to set goals, measure progress and work to achieve them each and every day,” said Mountain-Pacific Alaska Director Sharon Scudder. “It is a pleasure to work with these leaders and their healthcare teams as we move forward together to improve patient outcomes through excellent clinical care; promote wellness to assure population health and to realize cost savings due to effectiveness and efficiency.” The winners of the top award, the Quality Achievement Award, are: Alaska Regional Hospital, Annie Holt, CEO; Central Peninsula General Hospital, Rick Davis, CEO; Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, John Lee, CEO; and Providence Alaska Medical Center, Richard Mandsager, CEO. The winners of the Commitment to Quality Award include: Alaska Native Medical Center, Roald Helgesen, CEO; Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Mike Powers, CEO; PeaceHealth Ketchikan General Hospital, Ken Tonjes, acting CAO; and Bartlett Regional Hospital, Christine Harff, CEO. All Alaska hospitals are eligible to apply for Hospital Quality Awards. Award-winning hospitals range from small rural hospitals to large urban hospitals. The awards will be presented at the annual Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) Conference on September 12, 2013 in Nome, Alaska.