Payson Regional Gets Top 100 Honor


Payson Regional Medical Center is a magnet for honors this year. It recently received the "100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders Award."

In March of this year, Payson Regional Medical Center was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Solucient, part of Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.


Chris Wolf

This month, Payson Regional Medical Center's leadership team received a second honor as the hospital was selected for the 2006 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders Award.

Modern Healthcare, one of the health care industry's leading magazines, and Thomson Healthcare recognized the recipients of this prestigious award on Monday, Aug. 6 in Modern Healthcare and with a national press release.

"Payson Regional Medical Center and its senior management team were recognized for instilling a true culture of performance improvement over five consecutive years (2001-2005)," said Chris Wolf, Payson Regional Medical Center's chief executive officer.

Efforts at PRMC are part of a broader, national movement to improve the quality and efficiency of health care spurred by the Institute of Medicine's 2001 publication of "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century," a book that that described quality issues and proposed six goals for health care delivery. Leaders selected for this award chose to begin the long journey needed to build an organization aligned for hospital-wide improvement and to effect permanent change.

In every case, these leaders accepted the challenge to initiate change, building a culture receptive to improvement, and generated permanent improvement as measured by objective statistical analysis of publicly available data.

These are leaders who have brought increasing value to the community year after year.

"The leadership of Payson Regional Medical Center and all of the people who work there have heard the national call to increase the pace of improvement for patients across the nation. Their efforts to improve performance have resulted in consistent year-over-year improvement that is among the fastest rate in the nation for its type of hospital," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals programs, Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare.

"This means Payson Regional Medical Center has found the key to continually improving the health services for the people in the community."

Payson Regional Medical Center, a 44-bed acute care hospital, offers 22 specialties and a comprehensive portfolio of medical and surgical services. Visit the hospital's Web site at for more information.

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