Metro-East News

Statewide association honors two metro-east hospitals

Two metro-east hospitals — St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville and St. Joseph’s in Highland — were recently recognized by the Illinois Hospital Association Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was recognized in the Urban Hospital Category for “Eliminating Medically Unnecessary Blood Transfusions at a Community Teaching Hospital.” By building new guidelines into the hospital’s electronic health record, blood usage decreased by 30 percent. This new process is being implemented across 13 hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health Systems, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital.

St. Joseph’s Hospital was highlighted in the Rural/Critical Access Hospital Category for “Patient-Centered Approach to Reducing Readmissions.” By improving their care coordination and expanding their multi-disciplinary team approach to discharge planning, St. Joseph’s Hospital has reduced their readmission rates by 20 percent in the past two years.

The fifth annual awards were presented during an event Sept. 11 in Lombard. Other honorees included:

▪  Health Care System Category: Sinai Health System in Chicago

▪  Urban Hospital Category: Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin

▪  “Tim Philipp Award for Excellence in Palliative Care:” AMITA Health in Arlington Heights

Nearly 100 applications were submitted by nearly 50 hospitals. A panel of nationally recognized quality improvement experts evaluated submissions based on achieving progress in implementing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim – enhancing the patient experience; improving population health; and reducing health care costs — and the Institute of Medicine’s six aims for improvement — safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.

The Illinois Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., advocates for Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems as they serve their patients and communities.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at or 618-239-2562. Follow her on Twitter: @BND_JForsythe.