KMC Receives Quality Award


​PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center has been honored with a Commitment to Quality Award for “dedication to ensuring patients receive high quality care in the areas of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention” from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, an agency that promotes excellence in healthcare and provides medical review services in Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Awards are based on three criteria: a review of performance data submitted to the QIO Clinical Warehouse, which stores hospital-reported data for both quality measurements and public reporting for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; a presence on Hospital Compare, a federal program that evaluates hospital performance based on patient surveys; and participation in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

“We share a common commitment with Mountain Pacific to insuring the best quality health care is provided to every patient, every time,” said Ken Tonjes, CAO of PeaceHealth Ketchikan. “Our caregivers practice this philosophy every day. We appreciate this recognition from an agency charged with monitoring quality care.”

PeaceHealth Ketchikan received at least a 90% performance composite score in heart failure, heart attacks, pneumonia, and surgical care for the most recent six months of data in the QIO Clinical Warehouse as of August 15. PeaceHealth Ketchikan was the only Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in the state to receive a Hospital Quality Award.

Mountain Pacific has presented hospitals with Hospital Quality Awards since 2006. Seven other Alaska hospitals were also honored with quality awards. Alaska Regional Hospital, Central Peninsula General Hospital, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and Providence Hospital Medical Center received Quality Achievement Awards with a 95% performance score. The other hospitals that received the Commitment to Quality Award are the Alaska Native Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Bartlett Regional Hospital.