April 2001

Catholic Health Initiatives Receives National Quality Health Care Award

National Committee for Quality Health Care bestows honor

Catholic Health Initiatives won the 2001 National Quality Health Care Award, which is presented annually to a health care provider whose demonstrated goal is improving health care through high quality performance and innovative leadership. Catholic Health Initiatives is the first national system to win the award since its inception in 1994.

The award, cosponsored by the National Committee for Quality Health Care and Modern Healthcare magazine, was accepted by Patricia A. Cahill, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, on April 11 in Washington, D.C.

"I am very proud that Catholic Health Initiatives has received this award, and also proud of the tremendous teamwork that went into the development of our application," said Cahill. "Hal Ray, our chief medical officer, did a wonderful job of leading this effort with Margaret Gavigan, vice president of clinical operations, and Jeff Kalicki, data analyst. Many others throughout our organization contributed their valuable time and energy: Susan Allmond and Donna Fooks, patient satisfaction; Peggy Egan, OSF, mission; Mary Beth Grubb-Oberg, human resources; Diane Jones, communications; Patrick Knaus, strategy; and Kate Dreyer, medical and clinical operations."

The award recognizes health care providers that have demonstrated success in promoting health and wellness in their communities through innovative service and delivery mechanisms. The board of jurors also looks for providers that have a set of principles – such as Catholic Health Initiatives’ core values – that are built on quality and leadership.

"The award is recognition not only of our organization, but of all the partnerships that help us deliver quality care within our facilities and throughout the communities we serve," said Cahill.

Catholic Health Initiatives prevailed among 19 applicants for the 2001 award. "I believe this award reinforces the value inherent in being connected as a large organization," said Cahill. "Catholic Health Initiatives was formed in part so that our local facilities could accomplish greater things through the sharing of resources and responsibilities. This award is a clear example of what we can accomplish together."