Intermountain Health Care - which operates several hospitals in Utah - won Tuesday the third-ever National Quality Health Care Award.
The award was established in 1993 by the National Committee for Quality Health Care and Modern Healthcare Magazine to honor health care providers for leadership, measuring success, effective financial management and commitment to community health needs.It was to be presented at a dinner in Washington on Tuesday.
"This award speaks highly of the dedicated and talented physicians and staff who provide care that we feel is second to none," IHC President Scott Parker said.
J. Richard Gaintner, chairman of the national committee, said the award was cre-ated "to recognize excellence in creating dramatic change in health care delivery, not by elected officials in Washington, but by the men and women who work year in and year out in the health care industry."
He added, "This year's winners demonstrate once again that health care reform can and should come from the industry itself."