SOURCE: HealthPartners

March 08, 2007 09:00 ET

HealthPartners Receives 2007 National Healthcare Quality Award

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 --HealthPartners, a Minnesota-based integrated health care organization, today received the 14th annual National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C. The National Quality Forum is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting and supporting national priorities and standards for quality improvement and measurement.

The National Healthcare Quality Award is a jury-reviewed award that recognizes one healthcare organization for its proactive and exemplary response to the national call for quality improvement and accountability by successfully using performance measurement to drive improvements in quality and efficiency and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability to patients and the community.

"We are honored to receive national recognition for our commitment to quality improvement and public reporting," said Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners President and CEO. "As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to improve the health of our members, our patients and the community. Our focus is simple: to transform health care. We work hard to offer care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered throughout our organization and to be responsive and accountable to our community. It means a great deal to us to be recognized by the National Quality Forum for this work and it is a great inspiration to all of us at HealthPartners to continue our effort."

An 18-person jury participated in a "blinded" review of applications from a wide range of organizations to select this year's winner. The jury used a uniform set of scoring criteria to evaluate the extent to which the applicant's approach to performance improvement was systematic, well-deployed, effective, innovative, sustainable and replicable.

"We are very pleased to name HealthPartners the recipient of the 2007 Award," said Janet Corrigan, Ph.D., NQF's President and CEO. "This organization raises the bar for health system performance and is truly a role model for making quality improvement and public reporting the centerpiece of the health system's mission and business model."

Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO of Brigham and Women's Hospital, last year's recipient of the Award, and Chair of the 2007 Jury Panel, said, "The award attracted a very strong set of applicants this year, but one stood out for its clear, systematic approach to quality improvement and extraordinary commitment to transparency and community involvement. Seeing this level of excellence in such a large and multi-faceted organization made it particularly remarkable."

About HealthPartners

HealthPartners ( is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with commercial and Medicare Advantage plans that received the highest rating of "Excellent" from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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