KGH Receives Alaska Hospital
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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.
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
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
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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system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, with
services in Oregon, Washington and Alaska that treat more than
60,000 patients annually. Vision is to provide safe, evidence-based,
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