November/December 2007

Saint Joseph Receives Joint Commission Award

Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky., received a 2007 Ernest Amory Codman Award from the Joint Commission. The award recognizes excellence in the use of outcomes measurement by health care organizations to achieve improvements in the quality and safety of health care. One of three award recipients in the hospital category, Saint Joseph was recognized for its patient safety program designed to decrease the number of adverse events related to the use of anticoagulant medicine. As a result, Saint Joseph reduced its risk of medication errors by more than 50 percent in four months and 88 percent within one year. The award, named for the physician regarded as the “father of outcomes measurement” in health care, was presented on November 12 during the Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources’ Annual Conference on Quality and Safety. “It is central to our mission to keep the patient at the center of everything, and we would like to thank the Joint Commission for recognizing that through this tremendous honor,” said Gene Woods, president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph. For more information, contact Jeff Murphy of Saint Joseph at