IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence for ‘Effective Reporting and Measurement for Critical-Access Hospitals’.

This year, more than 100 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies and community-based organizations were honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving healthcare quality and patient safety in Michigan.

To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained, and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“Aspirus is very proud of our dedicated staff for achieving this prestigious state award,” said Aspirus Iron River Hospital CEO, Connie Koutouzos. “It’s yet another accolade we have received that speaks to the excellent quality of care we bring to our rural communities.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2015-2016 in the following areas:

• Improving coordination of care
• Improving heart health
• Increasing adult immunizations
• Lowering the risk of infection in hospitals
• Effective reporting and measurement
• Improving care in nursing homes
• Increasing identification of behavioral health conditions
• Improving diabetes management

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with Aspirus Iron River Hospital and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO, Leland Babitch, M.D., MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”