Allina Medical Clinic receives 2009 AMGA Acclaim Award
ALEXANDRIA, VA 09/30/2009--The American Medical Group Association awarded the 2009 AMGA Acclaim Award to Allina Medical Clinic for its initiative, "Leading Change," which uses the Six Institute of Medicine (IOM) Aims and the attributes of a high-performing delivery system to improve the delivery of care throughout the organization. The award was presented at AMGA's Institute for Quality Leadership Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.
In the award-winning initiative, Allina Medical Clinic embarked on system-wide transformation through a focus on values and leadership development that proved instrumental in the rapid spread of innovations, including:
- the implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) throughout all clinic sites and system hospitals
- the redesign of core care processes
- the development of team-based care at all levels of the organization
- the alignment of goals through a shared strategic vision.
The result was significant improvement system-wide in clinical care for patients; patient satisfaction; physician and staff engagement; and financial performance.
An Acclaim Award Honoree in 2008, Allina Medical Clinic demonstrated once again that it requires a clear strategic vision, excellent leadership, and teamwork to successfully transform the culture of an organization.
American Medical Group Association's Acclaim Award
The American Medical Group Association's (AMGA's) prestigious Acclaim Award honors organizations that embrace the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) aims by incorporating the six attributes of an ideal health care delivery system as identified by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
The award highlights the continued research and investigation toward finding the finest models of medical management, coordination of care delivery, and a systemic approach to improving the patient experience. The recipient of the award, granted through AMGA's philanthropic arm, the American Medical Group Foundation, receives a Steuben Crystal, produced specifically for the award as well as national recognition.
The 2009 award was presented to Allina Medical Clinic at AMGA's Institute for Quality Leadership Annual Conference, September 30 to October 2, 2009, in San Francisco, California. Honorees also were recognized and received crystal awards.
Applicant criteria, structured around the six IOM Aims for the 21st Century, place a heavy emphasis on leadership involvement. Applicants are asked to measurably demonstrate progress toward achieving the six aims and transforming their organizations to provide health care that is consistent with the aims. AMGA looks for medical groups that have made and documented system-wide changes to improve medical care for large numbers of the patients they serve, and through the process, consistently improve organizational performance. Applicants are evaluated in a blinded review process conducted by nationally recognized leaders in health care quality.
"The groups honored with this award exemplify the best quality health care in the United States, and the efforts of multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care to provide the right care at the right time in the most efficient manner," said said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., AMGA's president and chief executive officer and AMGF secretary/treasurer.
"Coordinated care has been the hallmark of AMGA member groups, and programs like the Acclaim Award help these groups continue their innovative work and communicate their successes to the healthcare community to better serve their patients. It is our hope that medical groups throughout the country will learn about the work of these innovators and be inspired to implement similar programs in their medical groups."
About the American Medical Group Foundation and the American Medical Group Association
The American Medical Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AMGA. As a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, its mission is to foster quality improvement in group practice through education and research programs in clinical quality, patient safety, service, operational efficiency, and innovation. In addition to research and demonstration projects, the Foundation helps support learning collaboratives and presents educational grants and awards to medical groups that demonstrate improvements in practice, quality, and patient care.
The American Medical Group Association is an association that represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA improves health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. The members of AMGA deliver health care to approximately 96 million patients in 49 states. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. For more information, visit amga.org.
About Allina Medical Clinic
Allina Medical Clinic is a not-for-profit system of 45 clinics providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Allina Medical Clinic is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics which owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services.
Allina Hospitals & Clinics and the latest health information can be found online at allina.com.
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