Helen Newberry Joy Hospital receives 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence

Photo courtesy: Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare Center; Copyright 2019, Bryan Esler Photo

NEWBERRY, Mich. (WLUC) - Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement.

This year, more than 130 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and home health agencies were honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving healthcare quality and patient safety in Michigan.

To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with Helen Newberry Joy Hospital and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, M.D., MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2017-2018 in the following areas:

- Improving heart health
- Increasing adult immunizations
- Lowering the risk of infection in hospitals
- Effective reporting and measurement
- Improving care in nursing homes
- Increasing identification of behavioral health conditions
- Improving diabetes management

“HNJH is honored by this acknowledgment that our healthcare team is delivering effective, safe, and efficient, care to our patients,” commented Scott Pillion, HNJH CEO.

Award recipients were honored May 8, 2019 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township, MI. For more information about the Governor’s Award of Excellence, including a list of winners, visit www.mpro.org/gae2019.

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About HNJH: Helen Newberry Joy Hospital has served Luce County and the surrounding area since 1965, the mission of Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare Center is "Keeping the Patient at the Center of Everything We Do - Every Patient - Every Time.” As one of the most technologically advanced, up-to-date diagnostic centers in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, we are able to provide a wide range of services. By placing a high value on compassion, customer service, quality, respect, teamwork, and trust, our skillful physicians and professional medical staff are dedicated to growing a healthier community.

About MPRO: MPRO is a nonprofit organization and national leader in healthcare quality improvement and medical review. Our goal is simple - we are helping healthcare get better. MPRO provides medical consulting and review, as well as data analysis to fed-eral agencies, state Medicaid and public health organizations, healthcare facilities, private health plans and other third party pay-ers. For more information about MPRO, visit www.mpro.org.

In addition, MPRO represents Michigan in Lake Superior Quality Inno-vation Network (QIN), which also serves Minnesota and Wisconsin under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization Program (QIO). For more information about Lake Superior QIN, visit www.lsqin.org.