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Congratulations to all four American Hospital Association–McKesson 2015 Quest for Quality© Award recipients.

American Hospital Association–McKesson 2015 Quest for Quality Prize

Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association–McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. The 2015 awards recognize organizations that have systematically committed to achieving the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) six quality aims. Learn more about the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®.

For Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, partnership with parents is a key aspect of its operations. In addition to partnering with physicians in their child's care, parents are recruited to bring their voice to more than 50 committees, partnering with staff and administrators to bring their ideas for planning and improvements to the hospital before the fact, rather than after the fact, through satisfaction surveys. Parents participate on rounds, at shift handoffs, and can be at their child's bedside, given the 24/7 family presence policy. Read more...

Similarly, Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, a finalist for the AHA-McKesson Award, also, "engages patients and their families not only in all aspects of their care, but also in the operation of the organization." Examples include participation of patient/family advisors in interviewing candidates for executive positions and in facility design.

IPFCC Pinwheel Sponsor, Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, was recognized with the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality® Citation of Merit, as was Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana. According to CEO Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital ensures that all of its personnel are trained "so that every one of [Nationwide's patients] feels that they're being treated with dignity and respect" a core principle of patient- and family-centered care.

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Applications for the 2016 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize ~ Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence are available on the AHA website. Completed applications are due October 11, 2015.