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Spokane Program Recognized for Strategic Innovation

October 09, 2014

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Five programs received the President’s Award for Strategic Innovation at the annual Providence Healthy Communities Summit this week. The winning programs were acknowledged for their innovative achievements in care and service to the health of the communities they serve.  

Providence President and CEO Rod Hochman, M.D. told the summit audience that, “every day, more than 70 thousand people across five states work together to leverage expert-to-expert knowledge across our system and then rapidly and reliably deploy that knowledge for the benefit of every person in every community we serve.”

He also noted that the winning projects demonstrated collaborations that lower the cost of care, improve access and the quality and safety of care, promote standardization, reduce variability, optimize resources and improve stewardship. “These programs are exceptional in achieving outstanding results and demonstrating the innovative spirit we are striving to promote in service to our core strategy of creating healthier communities, together.”

To the team of experts in Radiology at Providence Health Care in Spokane, WA for being selected as one of five winners among dozens of applicants in our five-state system.

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