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CPH & Heritage Place Receive Quality Achievement Awards
Central Peninsula Hospital and Heritage Place are recipients of the 2010 Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s Quality Achievement Award and Nursing Home Excellence in Care Award (the highest awards) presented by Mountain-Pacific CEO Janice Connors during this year’s Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA)
annual conference.

Mountain-Pacific’s award program recognizes select hospitals
throughout Alaska for their commitment to ensuring their patients receive the
highest quality of care in the clinical areas of heart attack, heart failure,
pneumonia and preventing surgical infection. For Nursing Home
Quality awards they recognize long term care facilities for their commitment to
sustained performance and/or improvement in giving quality care to residents
in a variety of clinical areas, including prevention of pressure ulcers,
elimination of physical restraints, and high rates for pneumococcal and
influenza vaccinations.

To be eligible for the Hospital Quality Achievement Award hospitals
must submit data to the QIO Clinical Warehouse and be signed up to publicly
report on Hospital Compare. They are also required to achieve set
performance scores on the clinical measures listed above.

Central Peninsula Hospital has successfully implemented
several quality improvement initiatives over the past year that have
contributed to their success. Central Peninsula reports that it has implemented
the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) as its systematic approach to problem solving
and utilized it in efforts to improve patient satisfaction with quiet at night and
pain control. Central Peninsula continues to experience success with perfect
care scores and patient satisfaction.

This is the fifth year running for this awards program. All Alaska
hospitals are eligible to apply for Hospital Quality Awards. Award-winning
hospitals range from small rural hospitals to large urban hospitals.

Eight Alaska nursing homes received Nursing Home Quality Awards.
Four nursing homes received the Nursing Home Excellence in Care Award,
which is the highest award possible. Wrangell Medical Center LTC,
Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center Long Term Care,
Petersburg Medical Center Long Term Care, and Heritage Place.

“I am very proud that Central Peninsula Hospital & Heritage Place were recognized for the outstanding care that our staff provides to our patients and residents. Each and every member of our team does their very best every day to make sure our patients and residents receive the quality of care they deserve,” said Ryan Smith, CEO. “We owe our residents our very best and this award is recognition that our residents are receiving the best care possible,” said Charlie Franz, Heritage Place Administrator.

Mountain-Pacific is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for
Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Hawaii and works under contract with the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote proven best practices
and transform the way health care is delivered.
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