KVH Receives 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award for Clinical Quality


KVH was recently recognized as a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey.  The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above for performance in clinical quality.

Presented annually, the award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in healthcare. 

A total of 25 clinical measures are considered for hospital patients, including influenza immunization rates, surgical care, and care provided for patients diagnosed with or at risk for stroke, heart failure, pneumonia, or venous thromboembolism. The time period analyzed covers the course of one year.  KVH Hospital was compared with hospitals of all sizes.

“I continue to be impressed with the quality of care provided by our community hospital,” said interim Chief Executive Officer Julie Petersen. “I am also impressed by what cannot be as easily measured – the compassion our staff members show for our patients on a daily basis.”

Kittitas Valley Healthcare employees Lindsey Haney and Claudia Eattock attended an award ceremony to accept the honor on November 4.  Haney and Eattock are both registered nurses who work in the Quality Department at KVH Hospital.

Though the award is not specific to rural hospitals, it comes just in time for National Rural Health Day which is celebrated on November 17.