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Study Highlights Successes of Ascension Health Quality Initiative
Date:4/7/2011

n, D.C. Co-authors of the study include: Ann Hendrich, RN, PhD (c), F.A.A.N., vice president of Clinical Excellence Operations; Robert J. Henkel, president, healthcare operations and chief operating officer; James K. Beckmann, senior vice president for system support services and chief risk officer; and, Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, president and CEO.

Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system and the third-largest delivery system in the United States after the Hospital Corporation of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"These results show Ascension Health's longstanding commitment to Clinical Excellence," Pryor said.  "We hope the lessons we've learned during our ongoing quality journey will help other hospitals as many others have helped us."

"As evidenced by this important publication in Health Affairs, Ascension Health has made significant progress in many areas of patient safety," said Tersigni.  "However, we recognize we still have more work to do, and we remain more committed than ever to providing the best experience for those we are privileged to serve."

About Ascension Health

Ascension Health (www.ascensionhealth.org) is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.  Ascension Health, which provided $1.1 billion in care of persons who are poor and community benefit last year, is the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.  Our Mission-focused Health Ministries employ 113,000 associates serving in more than 500 locations in 20 states and the District of Columbia.


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