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Media Contact: Tom Grant
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Published on April 09, 2002

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Leading Health Care Professionals Learn About Shady Grove's Quality Improvement Initiatives

Executives from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital hosted an educational session and tour for some 70 leading health care quality professionals from hospitals across the United States.

The April 4 session at Shady Grove was a special site visit for health care quality professionals attending the HealthCare Quality Summit, an annual conference that was held this year in Washington, DC from April 2-5.

The conference features educational sessions and information on programs to measure and manage quality initiatives in hospitals, as well as the latest information on standards established by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission), the nation's lead hospital accrediting agency.

Each year, conference organizers choose a hospital near the conference location for a site visit, and this year Shady Grove was selected.

"We were honored to have the opportunity to host leading health care quality professionals from across the country at Shady Grove," said Debi Yancer, President of Shady Grove. "We have a great deal of information to share on building quality programs and working closely with the Joint Commission on our quality initiatives."

In addition to the site visit, a hospital executive also led one of the conference's educational sessions. Mary McKenna, Chief Nurse Executive at Shady Grove, discussed the hospital's improved performance during the most recent survey by the Joint Commission.

Conference organizers also honor a professional for their expertise in leading health care quality programs. At last year's conference, Debbie Foshee, Vice President for Quality and Medical Staff Services, received the Healthcare Quality Leader of the Year award.

"We never view our work with quality as being complete," said Debi Yancer. "Quality is not a destination, but an ongoing journey. We believe we have to prove ourselves over again to each patient we care for every day. We are always seeking to improve."

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