Nationwide Children's Hospital Honored For Commitment To Quality

July 28, 2015

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe, patient-centered care and reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation. This year’s awardees were honored on July 23 at the Health Forum-American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Francisco. The four hospitals receiving this year’s recognition were selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on each hospital’s sustainable and pervasive approach to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims of safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.

The 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., an academic medical center, was honored as a finalist. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind. each received the Citation of Merit.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Zero Hero program strives for the goal of eliminating all preventable harm for their pediatric patients and staff. Outside its walls, the hospital focuses on improving the safety and quality of life for children and the community. Physicians and employees are passionate about driving improvement. Guiding this work is a committed board, senior leadership and medical staff.

“Every hospital can take a page from the book these hospitals are writing each and every day on how to provide quality care,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA’s president and CEO. “Through impressive engagement of patients, families, their boards and their whole staff, these hospitals are excelling in safe, patient-centered, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable care.”

About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities.  The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.  For more information visit the Web site at

About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.  Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.  For more information, visit

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at