Saint Francis Wins CQIA Silver Innovation Prize

Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation Hailed as Forward-Looking 

(Hartford, Conn. August 10, 2011) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has won a Silver Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize.
“Saint Francis has shown that forward-looking organizations continue to introduce and bring to the market new products and services,” said Shelia Carmine, Founder and Executive Director of the 21-year-old Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc.
The hospital was honored for creating the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, a collaboration with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  The Institute has a four-fold mission in the promotion of primary care: improve education for medical students and residents; increase retention of primary care physicians; conduct groundbreaking research on the delivery of primary care services; and assist practicing primary care physicians to keep pace with change.
“The nation is at a crossroads in healthcare,” said Gregory Makoul, Ph.D., Saint Francis’ Senior Vice President for Innovation and Chief Academic Officer.  “Through the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, we are embracing a vision of healthcare that extends beyond hospital walls to address coordination and quality across the entire continuum of care.  While the institute will not deliver healthcare services, our ultimate focus is on helping patients.”
The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc. was founded in 1987 as America’s first state-level quality award using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality for Performance Excellence criteria.  In 1995, the CQIA Innovation Prize was introduced.  Saint Francis’ prize is one of 50 awarded statewide to a diverse group of institutions and organizations from a wide range of industries.
“America is already confronting a critical shortage of primary care physicians.  The Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation directly addresses this crisis with constructive, sustainable solutions that will help primary care specialists succeed in the face of fast-changing reforms,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, Saint Francis’ President and Chief Executive Officer.
About Saint Francis
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.  It services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com