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HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES QUALITY AWARD FROM U.S. HEALTHCARE

 /ADVANCE/ PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Hahnemann University Hospital was the recipient of the Second Annual U.S. Healthcare Quality Award, presented at a special conference on health care quality improvement today.
 The academic health center was recognized for its ongoing efforts to improve the quality of medical care provided throughout the hospital.
 As part of the award, U.S. Healthcare will provide $25,000 to endow a fellowship at Hahnemann University dedicated to advancing the cause of quality measurement and accountability.
 Accepting the award, Iqbal F. Paroo, president and chief executive officer of Hahnemann University, observed that U.S. Healthcare has set a standard for quality within the managed care industry, and its award is, therefore, especially meaningful.
 "The fact that U.S. Healthcare is giving its second annual Quality Award to Hahnemann (also) says much about the evolving relationship between academic health centers like Hahnemann and managed care organizations," Paroo said. "It could well signal the evolution of a deeper and long-term relationship between managed care organizations and academic health centers."
 The key to such a partnership is sharing of expertise, Paroo suggested. Developing mechanisms for measuring health care quality -- such as standards of accountability and performance indicators -- is one important opportunity for partnership and shared expertise.
 "One of the key lessons Hahnemann has already learned from managed care organizations is the importance of patient-centered care," Paroo noted. "At Hahnemann, we are committed to designing services and facilities around patient needs, comfort and convenience. We have been breaking down the artificial barriers between divisions and departments that can make going to a hospital such a frustrating experience."
 Leaders of academic health centers are also adopting more of managed care's emphasis on wellness, Paroo said. At Hahnemann, he said, "it is no longer heresy to suggest that the highest quality health care is that which keeps people from getting sick in the first place."
 This new perspective on health care quality challenges the traditional role of academic health centers. "As a result, as we implement our vision of Hahnemann in the 21st century," observed Paroo, "the entire University community is rethinking and redefining its collective role, (developing) unique ways to contribute to preventive health care."
 The urban academic health center is an essential laboratory for defining problems and developing solutions regarding our nation's health care system, noted Paroo. "But, if our collective dream of universal access to quality health care is to be reality, managed care organizations and academic health centers must be partners in this process," he said. "I believe that today's Quality Award is U.S. Healthcare's way of acknowledging those facts."
 Assessing the future, Paroo concluded, "If we commit to sharing the responsibilities and risks inherent in providing quality health care, then together we will reap tremendous rewards. In fact, I believe that such a partnership could create a new paradigm for health care delivery, education and research in this country."
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 /Editors: Full text of Paroo's remarks is available. Paroo is a resident of Gladwyne, Pa./
 /CONTACT: Phyllis M. Fisher, assistant vp/public affairs, or Merrill S. Meadow, media relations manager, of Hahnemann University, 215-762-8284/
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