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HSHS St. John’s Hospital Receives IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Award

HSHS St. John’s Hospital was recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with a quality excellence achievement award in the outstanding achievement category from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s (IHA) Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. The award was presented at IHA’s leadership summit on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and honored St. John’s quality improvement project to reduce surgical scope repair costs.
“We are always looking to enhance the quality of care for our patients. The surgical scope initiative is just one of the ways we are doing that,” said Morgan Carroll, business manager for perioperative services at St. John’s Hospital. “We are committed to providing the best possible care for Springfield and the central Illinois region.”
St. John’s Hospital has implemented reforms to reduce the cost of repairing surgical scopes. This includes ongoing training for staff, enhanced partnerships with surgeons and residents, improved storage and transport devices and an internal campaign to help with equipment handling.
“The accomplishments of this year’s award recipients are an inspiration for IHA, our members and the Illinois healthcare community,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, president and CEO, IHA. “All of our member hospitals strive to provide the highest quality of care for their communities while maximizing their resources and this recognition is an important part of our work in supporting their efforts.”
St. John’s project was one of 59 applications IHA received for the quality excellence achievement awards. More than 20 nationally recognized healthcare quality experts evaluated submissions based on achieving progress in implementing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim—enhancing the patient experience, improving population health and reducing healthcare costs—and the Institute of Medicine’s six aims for improvement—making the healthcare system safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org
About IHA
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association, with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., advocates for Illinois' more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems as they serve their patients and communities. IHA members provide a broad range of services—not just within their walls, but across the continuum of healthcare and in their communities. Reflecting the diversity of the state, IHA members consist of nonprofit, investor-owned, and public hospitals in the following categories: community, safety net, rural, critical access, specialty, and teaching hospitals, including academic medical centers. For more information, see www.team-iha.org. Like IHA on Facebook. Follow IHA on Twitter.

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