SwedishAmerican has had an unwavering focus on quality and its continuous improvement. Although the approaches over the years have taken different forms, the commitment to quality has remained constant. Each year, we recognize the individuals, processes and initiatives behind our quality efforts through Quality Expo and the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award.
An event for area businesspeople and decision makers, Quality Expo highlights the health system's cutting-edge technology, prevention/wellness initiatives, quality processes and individuals who contribute to our organization's endless pursuit of quality.
At Quality Expo, we take attendees behind the scenes to places that many of them have never seen before, providing an opportunity to experience healthcare in a whole new way. Our physicians and professional staff, who are enthusiastic about demonstrating their expertise and accomplishments, engage in meaningful dialogue with attendees, answering many of the questions they've always wanted to ask.
Henry C. Anderson, M.D.
Throughout his long association with SwedishAmerican, Henry C. Anderson, M.D., was instrumental in our health system's quality initiatives.
Henry C. Anderson, M.D.
Before serving as vice president for professional affairs and chief quality officer, Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and practiced family medicine in Rockford for more than 40 years.
Dr. Anderson's contributions played an important role in SwedishAmerican's designation as a Top 100 Hospital, it's receipt of the Lincoln Award for Excellence and being named the winner of the National Quality Cup by USA Today and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
His many career highlights include being a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, a member of the American College of Physician Executives, a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and past president of the active medical staff at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
During his career, Dr. Anderson also was a frequent national presenter on the issue of quality in health care.
Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award
In 2002, SwedishAmerican developed the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare quality. The award bearing Dr. Anderson's name reflects the values he brought to our organization: a commitment to excellence; sound judgment; principled leadership; and exceptional integrity. Recipients meet these rigorous tests and set invaluable examples for others. The SwedishAmerican Henry C. Anderson Award is about instilling passion throughout the organization, and is our highest expression of distinction and appreciation.
Dr. Prakash Pedapati, Radiation Oncology (2012)
Dr. Prakash Pedapati, Radiation Oncology, was honored with the 2012 Dr. Henry Anderson Award for Quality.
Dr. Prakash Pedapati, Radiation Oncology
Dr. Pedapati has been with SwedishAmerican for more than 31 years and has exemplified quality and service excellence for Oncology Services. He has dedicated his time both personally and professionally to ensure that the cancer program moves forward. As the chair of the IRB he has spent many evenings in the department, reviewing each clinical trial that was submitted to the committee and ensuring that our clinical trial program is in compliance with the regulatory bodies. Dr. Pedapati also takes time to review each clinical trial to ensure it is safe and appropriate for SwedishAmerican Health System. He spends many tireless hours in his spare time completing this process and never complains about his workload—even when he worked by himself for many years in the Radiation Oncology department. In addition, Dr. Pedapati was instrumental in starting the prostate seed implant and Mammosite programs for the Regional Cancer Center. He completed additional training and worked with the physicists, surgeons and radiation therapist to develop these programs as a standard of care at SwedishAmerican.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team (2012)
The EMS Team also was honored with the 2012 Dr. Henry Anderson Award for Quality.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team
The EMS Team is a diverse group of 19 individuals united to evaluate its Paramedic Education program in order to become nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This process included establishing tools to specifically measure the effectiveness of the program’s faculty, support personnel, curriculum, clinical and field internship and learning resources. The program must meet or exceed the competency demands established by the accrediting agency on an annual basis to maintain national accreditation. SwedishAmerican Hospital’s EMS Program was the second in the state of Illinois to receive this recognition.
In addition to the national accreditation, SwedishAmerican EMS System sought out an educational partner that could provide an associate degree program as an option for students in this region. A partnership was formed with Highland Community College in Freeport, IL, in 2010. SwedishAmerican EMS employees invest a minimum of 1,000 hours of training in each paramedic student enrolled in the program.
Team members include: Richard Robinson, Tom Pratt, Linda Edmunds, Brian Murphy, Tonja Radford, Steve Kirschbaum, Penny Lentz, Michelle Messley, Mike Riley, Chad Moe, Trent Brass, Carla Heitter, Jeff Hoster, Will Backus, Chad Thompson, Ann Gantzer, Catherine Lewis, Dr. John Underwood and Dr. Michael Polka.