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Children’s Health Network recognized with 2019 Leadership in Quality Award

Luke Harris, Children's Health NetworkLuke Harris—Children's Health Network Director of Operations & Population Health Management—discusses his organization's presentation with attendees of the 2019 Summit on Quality.When he found out Children’s Health Network (CHN) had won the 2019 Leadership in Quality Award, Senior Vice President and CHN Executive Director Bob Finuf knew what they’d do with part of the award’s $5,000 prize money:

Make 23 replicas of the award’s trophy—one for each of Children’s Health Network’s participating practices.

“It’s the practices that have done the heavy lift in order to achieve the aggregate results that we have realized so far. It’s their work this award recognizes," Finuf said.

The Leadership in Quality awards are presented annually by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. to health care providers and health care organizations to recognize leadership in quality improvement and patient safety. A cash prize of $5,000 is presented to the grand prize winner, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the KAMMCO Foundation.

The awards were presented at the 2019 Summit on Quality in Wichita by Jerry Slaughter on behalf of the KAMMCO Foundation board of directors.

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The KHC Leadership in Quality Awards

KHC Leadership in Quality Awards 2020

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Leadership in Quality Awards are presented annually to health care providers and health care organizations to recognize leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety. 

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the KAMMCO Foundation, $5,000 will be presented to the grand prize winner. A Physician Champion and Award of Merit winners will also be recognized.

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Letter: Leadership change at KHC

Dear colleagues,

Ten years ago this month, I was interviewing for a role at a startup, provider-led organization focused on quality as envisioned by the Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA). Health care was in the midst of significant change and at the heart of those discussions were important conversations around improving quality, safety, and value. KMS and KHA—two organizations committed to improving health care in Kansas—partnered to establish the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. Today, that startup has grown into a nationally respected leader in quality improvement and patient safety.

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