NorthStar Health System CEO Bruce Rampage and NorthStar Director of Quality/Risk Management Deb Han are pictured with the quality achievement plaque given to the local hospital by Michigan Center for Rural Health. (NHS photo)
IRON RIVER—NorthStar Health System has received the Michigan Center for Rural Health’s 2011 Michigan Rural Health quality improvement award for quality improvement achievement.
The award acknowledges quality improvement efforts in inpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of heart failure and pneumonia, outpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of chest pain and acute myocardial infarction, and improving care related to Emergency Department transfers.
This is the third year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered this award.
NorthStar applied evidence-based medicine to improve care processes in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, chest pain, heart failure and pneumonia, or improved care in emergency department transfers.
“This select group of award recipients has shown exceptional commitment to providing their patients with high quality health care,” said John Barnas, executive director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health.
“We are pleased to sponsor this award and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.”
“NorthStar is committed to the tenets of quality improvement that embrace evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes,” said Deb Han, R.N., director of Quality/Risk Management.
“Together, our staff is demonstrating we are providing the very best in medical care.”
NorthStar’s multidisciplinary team embraced evidence-based medicine in order to review their current processes and create interventions that improved in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, chest pain, heart failure and pneumonia or improvements in emergency department transfers.
Clinical indicators for the 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Award – Quality Improvement Achievement Award in inpatient and outpatient clinical performance were based on the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM), a composite score of 85-94 percent that captures whether or not a patient received all the care that he or she was eligible to receive.
The Quality Improvement Achievement award in emergency department transfer performance is based on an ED transfer score of 90-97 percent.
NorthStar Health System was honored by the Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 12th annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference in October 2011 in Gaylord.
The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.