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MUSC Receives National Quality Improvement Award

Dr. Patrick J. Cawley (center), Executive Director and CEO of the MUSC Medical Center, accepts AHA’s citation of merit from Jeff Felton (left), President of Connected Care and Analytics with the McKesson Corporation, and Rich Umbdenstock (right), President and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
Dr. Patrick J. Cawley (center), Executive Director and CEO of the MUSC Medical Center, accepts AHA’s citation of merit from Jeff Felton (left), President of Connected Care and Analytics with the McKesson Corporation, and Rich Umbdenstock (right), President and CEO of the American Hospital Association.  

MUSC Medical Center is one of five hospitals in the nation that have been recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety.  Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., Executive Director and CEO of the MUSC Medical Center, accepted the AHA’s Citation of Merit on July 20, 2014 at the Health Forum-American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Diego. This award honors hospitals that are making progress in quality improvement and offer models that can be replicated by others in the hospital field.

Specifically, MUSC was recognized for hard-wiring clinical decision support tools and harnessing academic resources and talent, as well as engaging families and patients in committees and projects, to achieve its goal of improving quality. Since 2007, central-line infections at the medical center have dropped by 84% and ventilator-associated pneumonia by 52%.

“We are dedicated to the science of quality improvement,” states Cawley. “We focus on building a culture of safety, empowering leadership at all levels, and supporting robust process improvement. Above all, we involve our patients in creating the processes that promote wellness and the best possible outcomes.”

Other hospitals named as Citation of Merit honorees for the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize were the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. The Quality Prize Winner was Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Finalist for the Quality Prize was Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, NC.

Criteria for the 2014 award included the demonstration of an organizational commitment to and progress in achieving the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims for safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.