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September 12, 2012 - Peoria, Illinois

OSF HealthCare Receives IHA Quality Award

OSF Healthcare System received the Illinois Hospital Association Quality Care Institute's 2012 Quality Excellence Achievement Award in the urban hospital category during the 2012 IHA Leadership Summit in Lombard on September 11. The award recognizes hospitals that have implemented interventions or best practices designed to advance quality patient care.

OSF HealthCare was recognized for its program Improving Obstetrical Care through Organization Collaboration. This initiative was implemented system wide in May 2011 to reduce elective deliveries less than 39 weeks gestation. Numerous national medical organizations support this care strategy and the Federal regulatory agencies intend to make this indicator a core measure in 2013.

Sharon Clevenger, Director of Women's Services at OSF St. Mary Medical Center is one of the team members for the project.

"Studies have shown that a baby’s brain is still maturing during the last few weeks of pregnancy." said Sharon Clevenger. "If the pregnancy is healthy, it is better to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks.  Our non-medically indicated elective inductions less than 39 weeks were reduced from a baseline of 18% in 2010 to 3.8% through Quarter 2 FY2012."

IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Awards recipients were selected by a panel of 30 nationally-recognized quality improvement leaders in two categories: urban and rural/critical access. Recipients have achieved measurable and meaningful progress in advancing one or more elements of the Institute of Medicine's six aims for improvement - safety, effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency, equity, and patient-centered care.

"The Institute is committed to transforming health care delivery in Illinois into a national model for person-centered, high value health care," said IHA President & CEO Maryjane A. Wurth. "These awards highlight the remarkable efforts of Illinois hospitals to improve the quality of patient care, address the challenges of population health, and constrain the ever-rising per capita cost of care."

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