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LDS, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SHARE MEDICAL CENTER AWARD

SHARE LDS, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SHARE MEDICAL CENTER AWARD

Intermountain Health Care's LDS Hospital and University Hospital and Clinics are co-recipients of the 1996 Quality Leader Award from the National Research Corp., Lincoln, Neb., for being the most preferred medical centers in the Salt Lake area.

The two organizations were among 120 hospitals nationwide to be honored following a survey of 170,000 households in more than 100 metropolitan areas. Surveyors asked the primary health-care decisionmaker in each household to name the hospital they would choose first for all household health care needs.Other questions involved the best physicians, the best nurses, image and reputation, best quality care, community health care programs and most personalized care.

"As hospitals and health systems expand their focus beyond a traditional framework to position themselves as providers of all encompassing community care, it has become relevant to recognize those facilities that consumers view as their No. 1 choice for all their household's health-care needs," said Michael Hays, NRC president.

Richard M. Cagen, LDS Hospital administrator, said, "We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to provide the highest quality care possible. This award is particularly meaningful because we were selected by consumers in our very own community."

"Our patients and their families are our primary concern at University Hospital. Our health-care teams and the support staff go that extra mile every day, and it is satisfying to see their hard work recognized by the community," said Christine St. Andre, University Hospital executive director.