It’s happened a remarkable three times since 2004, this great recognition for excellence and high-quality patient care.
Earlier this week, Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence announced that Poudre Valley Health System was one of two health care organizations in the state to receive the 2012 Peak Award, the highest regional recognition for performance excellence. Denver Health was the other recipient.
Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) was the first to receive the award after RMPEx created it in 2004. The repeat was in 2008. A winning organization has to wait four years until it can apply again for the honor.
PVHS and University of Colorado Hospital signed a joint operating agreement in January that created University of Colorado Health. PVHS facilities and services — which include Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins; Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland; and Colorado Health Medical Group, which has locations across northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska — make up UC Health’s northern region.
Rulon Stacey, UC Health president and the former CEO of PVHS, said that receiving the annual award again shows “a remarkable level of commitment for achieving high outcomes.”
“Our physicians, employees and volunteers have vigorously woven quality and process improvement into the fabric of our organization,” Stacey said.
Kim Griffiths, executive director of Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, also known as RMPEx, said Poudre Valley Health System received the award based on outcomes of patient care; effectiveness of strategic planning; engagement of staff members in their work and quality improvements; success of business operations; and the way results are measured, analyzed and used to make ongoing improvements.
Poudre Valley Health System’s services rank in the national top 10 percent of health care organizations in areas related to clinical quality, patient satisfaction, employee and physician engagement, and financial performance.
“Health care organizations around the country are looking for ways to improve safety and outcomes while reducing costs,” Griffiths said. “There is increasing pressure in the U.S. to overhaul our health care system. Peak Award recipients are at the forefront of the national effort to create a new and better way for the health care industry.”
–Gary Kimsey, marketing specialist