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Qualis Health Recognizes St. Luke’s Health System for Improvements in Health Care

By Ken Dey, News and Community
April 6, 2012

BOISE, Idaho – Qualis Health, one of the nation’s leading health care consulting and care management organizations, has awarded St. Luke’s Health System an Idaho Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality.

St. Luke’s was among five Idaho health care organizations recognized for achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes in 2011.

St. Luke’s received the award for its efforts at preventing and reducing sepsis infections.

“Efforts to improve health care quality and value are an intense focus across the nation. We celebrate Idaho organizations that have committed to transforming health care delivery for their patients, families and communities,” said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Qualis Health. “The work being done in Idaho reflects successful efforts to simultaneously improve care and lower cost.”

St. Luke’s initiated its efforts to combat sepsis after observing an increase in mortality rates among sepsis patients. St. Luke’s piloted a program to reduce sepsis mortality in early 2009 in its Treasure Valley emergency departments. The pilot program incorporated best practices, and improved interventions and monitoring.

The success of the pilot program allowed for the new practices to be adopted as standards across the health system in 2011. System-wide data  showed that approximately 50 patients’ lives were saved as a result.

About St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only locally controlled health care system, employing more than 10,000 people. With hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall, and Jerome, St. Luke’s provides patients with unmatched care in specialized medical fields, including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services, and children’s health care. To find out more, visit www.stlukesonline.org.

About Qualis Health

Qualis Health is a national leader in improving care delivery and patient outcomes, working with clients throughout the public and private sector to advance the quality, efficiency and value of health care for millions of Americans every day. In Idaho, Qualis Health serves as the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) and provides case management and utilization management services to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid. Learn more at www.qualishealth.org.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.