CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Awarded Top Honor in Hospital Quality October 04, 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico – September 26, 2018 – CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM, has earned the Quest for Excellence Award, the New Mexico Hospital Association’s premier honor in hospital quality and performance improvement. The hospital is recognized for a project that improved management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Doctors and nurses at St. Vincent worked together to implement a care model that resulted in shorter hospital stays and fewer narcotics for babies born addicted to opiates. The awards were presented in a ceremony today at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) in Albuquerque.

Lillian Montoya, CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent, accepted the award from Andrew Shin, Chief Operating Officer of the American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation and John Harris, CEO of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM, and a member of the NMHA Quality Committee and Board of Directors. Commitment to quality and patient safety, they said, is central to the mission of NMHA and AHA member hospitals.

“This award is a direct reflection of our team’s determination to improve lives in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” said Montoya. "We’ve worked hard to empower our physicians, nurses and associates to be the change they want to see in our hospital, and they have wholeheartedly embraced that mission.

CHRISTUS St. Vincent is one of just three New Mexico hospitals to earn the competitive award for work conducted between August 2017 and August 2018. Their effort began with the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors establishing a Clinician-Directed Performance Improvement (CDPI) Committee as another way to commit to quality of care.

According to CHRISTUS St. Vincent CDPI program director, Dr. Laura Goitein, “CDPI gives practicing clinicians the protected time, support and training to conduct performance improvement projects based on their expertise and frontline understanding.

In the case of NAS, it allowed doctor and nurse teams with a passion for helping these tiny and vulnerable patients to bring a successful program from Yale University home to Santa Fe.