Friday, June 17, 2005

St. Luke's wins national awards

Hospital recognized for overall performance and patient care

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center has garnered national recognition for its service and patient care.

The hospital south of Ketchum announced this week that it was named as an award winner for being an "Overall Best Performer" and "exceeding patient expectations." The award was given by Avatar International, a healthcare research and consulting firm. The accolade is based on the results of the hospital's 2004 patient surveys.

Presentation of the award was made to Genie Swyers, manager of performance improvement, in May during special ceremonies in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by Avatar.

In making the announcement, Dr. Michael Everett, Avatar founder and CEO, said, "With the presentation of this award, the ultimate winner is the patient. Patients are demanding higher and higher standards of care as measured in their expectations of service quality."

In accepting the award, Bruce Jensen, St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center CEO, said, "We are thrilled to once again be honored with this award. We pride ourselves on quality patient care and providing personal service to all who enter our doors."

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