"Everyone involved in selecting this year's winners was so impressed with the hard work that these leadership teams did to make significant changes at their organizations. Each one has a compelling and unique story—but their experiences also hold lessons for all healthcare organizations that want to improve their patients' experience, the quality and patient safety of their clinical care, and their financial and business operations," Shaw said. The winners are:
Large Hospitals / Health Systems
In the large hospitals and health systems category, the leadership team at Banner Health was recognized by the judges for implementing a five-step plan to industry leadership.
Community and Midsize Hospitals
Kadlec Regional Medical Center was singled out in the community and midsize hospitals category for the team's ambitious work toward becoming a world-class medical center.
Small and Rural Hospitals / Health Systems
In the small and rural hospitals category, Johnson County Community Hospital's leadership impressed the judges with its focus on satisfaction scores and adapting to the needs of a community that is resistant to and distrustful of change.
Medical Group Practices
And in the medical group practices category, ENT and Allergy Associates leadership team's work to reduce patient no-shows impressed the judges.
Each organization will be profiled in the October issue of HealthLeaders magazine. Information about the contest, and lists of previous winners may be viewed here.