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 its Clinician Directed Performance Improvement (CDPI) program -- a novel hospital quality program designed to give practicing physicians, nurses, and other clinicians time, support, and training to conduct quality improvement projects of their choosing. The awards were presented in a ceremony today at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) in Albuquerque.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent CDPI program director, Dr. Lara Goitein, 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.
Also accepting the award on behalf of CHRISTUS St. Vincent were Jennifer Achilles, MD, Jennifer Castaneda-Lovato, RN and Catalina Roybal, data specialist -- whose recent CDPI work includes the implementation of a care model that resulted in shorter hospital stays and fewer narcotics for babies born addicted to opiates.
“This award is a direct reflection of our team’s determination to improve lives in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” said CHRISTUS St. Vincent President and CEO, Lillian 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.