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KGH Receives Alaska Hospital Quality Award
CEO Tapped to Head State Hospital Association


September 29, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan General Hospital received a Hospital Quality Achievement Award at the recent Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) annual conference in Anchorage. The recognition comes from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, an agency that promotes excellence in healthcare and provides medical review services in Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Alaska.

jpg KGH Receives Alaska Hospital Quality Award

L to R: Erica Caudill, Center for Healthcare Improvement Coordinator; Carolyn Corrao, CHI Administrative Assistant; Lindsay Duckworth, CHI Coordinator; and, Barb Bigelow Manager CHI.
Photo courtesy KGH

KGH Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer Patrick J. Branco was also selected as the new Chair of ASHNHA at the conference. "I am honored to be the new ASHNHA Chair and look forward to hosting next year's conference in Ketchikan," Branco said. "I am also delighted and proud of the acknowledgement from Mountain-Pacific. This award is another reassurance to people that they can come to KGH confident they will be given the best possible care."

The award is based on a review of performance data submitted to the QIO Clinical Warehouse which stores hospital-reported data for both quality measurements and public reporting for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Based on this review, Ketchikan General Hospital had the highest scores in the state.

"We share a common commitment with Mountain Pacific to insure the best quality health care is provided to every patient, every time," said Branco. "Our caregivers practice this philosophy each day. We appreciate this recognition from an agency charged with monitoring quality care."

Lindsay Duckworth is the Coordinator for the Center for Healthcare Improvement Department at KGH. She reviews and submits the data on which the award is based. "As a critical access hospital we are not required to submit this data but we decided to do so to make sure our patients receive evidence-based quality care.

"Among the data considered are publicly reported measures for treatment of acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, surgical care improvement and pneumonia," said Duckworth.

Mountain Pacific has presented hospitals with Hospital Quality Awards since 2006.


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