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Michigan Hospitals Receive Governor's Award
Date:9/10/2007

Governor Granholm and MPRO Honor Hospital Excellence

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 79 Michigan Acute Care hospitals today received the Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting. In addition, 29 Critical Access hospitals statewide received the Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Critical Access Hospital Setting. The Governor presents the award(s) in partnership with MPRO, Michigan's Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). The award(s) acknowledge excellence in hospital health care quality and safety. Furthermore, the Governor bestowed Special Recognition upon 18 Michigan hospitals as being "top-performers."

"These award recipients are committed to providing Michigan citizens with high quality health care," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "The award is testament to the dedication of these hospitals that give patients the quality care they need and deserve each and every time."

Award criterion aligns with improving care in a number of clinical areas. Hospitals choose from pre-selected clinical areas. These clinical areas are designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Acute Care hospitals individually selected from one or more of the following areas:

-- Appropriate Care Measure (ACM) Award

-- Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Award

-- AV Fistula Award

-- Systems Improvement -- Health Information Technology

(HIT) Award

Critical Access hospitals focused on intense work in one or more of the following clinical areas:

-- Collecting and Reporting Quality Data Award

-- Clinical Performance and Reporting Award

-- Organizational Culture Change Award

-- Systems Improvement -- Health Information Technology (HIT)

Award

"As Michigan's QIO, MPRO is privileged to recognize hospitals for embracing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives," said Debra Moss, MD, MBA, president and CEO of MPRO. Dr. Moss added "The Governor's Award is the seal of quality that denotes a commitment to excellence in the pursuit to deliver high quality care."

The Governor's Award is based on clinical data for the 2006 calendar year. While the Governor and MPRO have partnered to honor hospitals since 2003, this marks the first time that the Governor has recognized the very top performing Michigan hospitals in the areas related to the Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and the Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting and Critical Access Hospital Setting. 18 hospitals were selected as the top performers in each award topic and received special recognition from Governor Granholm.

The Governor's Award has been enthusiastically supported by a variety of Michigan organizations and professional associations including: American Lung Association of Michigan; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Ford Motor Company; General Motors; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society-Michigan; Michigan Critical Access Hospitals Quality Network; Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants; Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality; Michigan Association of Health Plans; Michigan Center for Rural Health; Michigan College of Emergency Physicians; Michigan Health and & Safety Coalition; Michigan Health Council; Michigan Health Information Management Association; Michigan Infectious Disease Society; Michigan Nurses Association; Michigan Osteopathic Association; Michigan Pharmacists Association; Michigan Rural Health Association; Michigan Society for Infection Control; Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists; Michigan Thoracic Society; Michigan State Medical Society; and the Upper Peninsula Telehealth Network of Michigan.

MPRO and the Governor honored the hospitals with an award ceremony on September 10, 2007, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For further information on the award, go to: http://www.mpro.org/hospital/award2007.

Editor's note:

A list of hospital recipients is available to download at: http://www.mpro.org/hospital/.

About MPRO: MPRO is under contract with the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services and serves as Michigan's Quality Improvement Organization. MPRO works to educate Michigan's 1.6 million Medicare beneficiaries on their rights and protections afforded to them under the Medicare program. Furthermore, MPRO partners with Michigan Medicare providers to advance health care quality.


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