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(Beloit, W) Clint Wolf, Beloit Daily News

Beloit Health System was one of only 17 health systems out of 1,700 nationwide to be honored recently with the 2015 Guardian of Excellence Award.

The award recognizes Beloit Health System for its quality clinical care and is awarded to the top 5 percent of top-performing health care organizations.

The award was based on data from 2014 reviewed Press Ganey Associates, a consulting firm serving the health care industry.

Beloit Health System Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Kenneth Klein said to earn the award, Beloit Health System was judged on 39 clinical measures. These measures included treatment of heart failure, stroke, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism and post-natal care, among other care. The measures have to do predominantly with inpatient clinical care, he said.

“It’s basically saying we provide excellent quality care for out patients,” Klein said. “We were in the 95 percentile for the entire year.”

Beloit Health System was only one of three health care organizations in Wisconsin to receive the quality clinical care award. St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac and Sauk Prairie Health Care in Prairie Du Sac were the other Wisconsin recipients of the Guardian of Excellence Award.

This is the first time Beloit Health System has received the Guardian of Excellence Award for clinical care. However, it is not the first time the Press Ganey firm has pointed out good things going on in Beloit health care. In 2006, Press Ganey placed Beloit Memorial Hospital in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction. That rating was based on patient surveys completed when patients were discharged from the hospital.

Klein said the latest award could not have been achieved without the team approach that is present among the staff at Beloit Health System.

You cannot provide this quality care at this high level without a team effort,” Klein said. “It requires communication and a team approach.”

The task ahead of the staff now is to maintain this level of quality care.

“When you are in the 95 percentile, it’s hard to get better than that,” Klein said. “You have to say, now it’s time to get to work and improve on our record.”

Beloit Health System President and CEO Tim McKevett also credited the health system’s achievement of this national recognition to the doctors, nurses and staff who work with the patients each day.

“Our priority has always been quality patient care and we continuously strive to provide an exceptional experience for all our patients,” McKevett said. “This national recognition is a reflection of the caliber of our physicians, clinicians and staff who work each day to care for all who pass through our doors.”

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