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Marianjoy Wins First Ever IHA Innovation in Quality Award

Wheaton, IL (September 30, 2011) – Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is the recipient of the first annual Innovation in Quality Award for Specialty Hospitals from the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA). Marianjoy was one of six hospitals and health systems statewide receiving the Quality Care Institute’s first annual awards, which are given to acknowledge outstanding quality improvement programs – all focusing on better patient care and outcomes.

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged by the Illinois Hospital Association for our innovation and commitment to improving the quality of care we provide,” explains Kathleen Yosko, President and CEO of Marianjoy. “This award could never have been achieved without the creativity and diligence in how we interact with our patients, in the daily provision of nursing care, therapy services and numerous one-on-one interactions of all associates.”

The award was given for Marianjoy’s “Journey to Discharge” tool – a key component in measuring and improving patient satisfaction, which had a substantial impact on Marianjoy’s patient satisfaction scores over the last two years. Kathleen accepted the award on behalf of the hospital during the 2011 IHA Leadership Summit in Lombard on September 20.

Kathleen Ruroede, PhD, Vice President of Research & Quality at Marianjoy worked diligently on telling Marianjoy’s “story” and submitted the application for the IHA awards. More than 50 quality improvement projects were submitted by hospitals from across the state to be considered for the inaugural awards. Recipients were selected by a panel of nationally-recognized quality improvement leaders.

“In addition to the commitment of our associates, we are also fortunate to have the support of our Board Chairman, Don Fischer, who strongly advocates for all our quality improvement initiatives,” says Yosko.

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About Marianjoy

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s $60 million, 120 private room replacement hospital is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.