Norton Healthcare has been awarded the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) 2011 Quality Award, which is presented annually to honor hospital and health care leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care. Norton Healthcare President & CEO Stephen A. Williams accepted the award at the recent KHA annual Awards Gala. The KHA quality award comes on the heels of Norton Healthcare being named the recipient of the prestigious 2011 National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award for its exceptional organizational leadership and innovation to achieve quality improvement.
Norton’s KHA award application focused on the role of Norton Healthcare leadership in defining and promoting quality, and supporting staff and employee efforts to achieve quality goals; and on Norton Cancer Institute’s innovative Prevention and Early Detection Program, the region’s most comprehensive effort to prevent and detect cancer in its earliest stages through education, outreach, community cancer screenings and services, and evaluation of health outcomes.
“We are proud to be recognized by the Kentucky Hospital Association for our leadership, innovation and commitment to the quality and safety of our patient care and to our progressive outreach community screening efforts through Norton Cancer Institute,” Williams said. “This statewide award, coupled with our national NQF quality award, is a testament to the importance and focus we place, at all levels of our organization, to serve our community with quality and safe care, both within and outside our facility walls.”
Norton Cancer Institute’s Prevention and Early Detection Program focuses efforts in the predominantly low income and underinsured communities in Louisville with the highest cancer incidence and mortality; and provides free screenings for breast, prostate, cervical, colon and skin cancers.
"Thanks to the support of our leadership and the dedication of our team, our outreach programs are making a real difference in our community,” said Sandra E. Brooks, M.D., MBA, system vice president of research and prevention for Norton Healthcare.
Through its quality award, KHA seeks to:
- Raise awareness of the need for an organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care;
- Reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care;
- Inspire organizations to systematically integrate and align their quality improvement efforts throughout the organization;
- Communicate successful programs and strategies to the hospital field;
- Facilitate Kentucky hospitals’ alignment of quality initiatives with national initiatives.