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. Jack Lenox (2015)
Dr. Jack Lenox, OB/GYN chairman and medical director, has been practicing in Rockford since 1986. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. A strong leader, Dr. Lenox has been instrumental in ensuring the delivery of high quality healthcare to women. His nominators chose him for ensuring a collaborative effort is made with quality, including physicians, nurses and technicians; always making himself available for questions or discussion regarding quality improvement; always looking for ways to improve outcomes in the OB/GYN department; structuring a more comprehensive approach to standard gynecological services; and his commitment to achieving a high level of excellence through lecturing students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Dr. Jack Lenox, OB/GYN chairman and medical director
SwedishAmerican congratulates Dr. Jack Lenox for earning the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award.
SAMG Care Coordination Team (2015)
The second Henry C. Anderson Award for Quality recipient is the SAMG Care Coordination Team. Formed in 2010, the team has been able to remarkably decrease the readmission rates of patients with care plans in four disease cohorts, including COPD, CHF, hypertension, and diabetes. The team focuses on prevention in our community to help improve health, quality of life and prosperity. Fully embedded into nine primary care clinics, the team is comprised of six care coordinators and a social worker associate who assists patients with socio-economic and other related issues.
SAMG Care Coordination Team
The Care Coordination Teamâ€™s members include: Jennifer Kuroda, MSO Quality Improvement Manager; Timothy Flynn, MD, Physician Champion for Care Coordination; Jennifer Saporito, Social Worker Associate; Susan Lewis, Care Coordinator; Mary Lou Baumann, Care Coordinator; Susan Letzter, Care Coordinator; Mary Panther, Care Coordinator; Tracy Palmer, Care Coordinator; and Julie Cecchino, Care Coordinator.
SwedishAmerican also congratulates the SAMG Care Coordination Team for earning the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award.