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Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is named a finalist in the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare

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HOUSTON (July 19, 2019) – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) has been named a peer group award finalist for the 2019 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care as an academic hospital.

Baylor St. Luke’s was also named a finalist for achieving high rates of performance among its academic peer group in Premier’s QUEST 2020 collaborative for mortality, readmissions, affordability and safety.

“This recognition reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the patients we serve,” said Doug Lawson, Ph.D., president, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. “We are proud to receive these honors as we continue providing high-quality patient care and improving the health of our community.”

“QUEST facilities are setting new standards of clinical excellence nationwide,” said Seth Edwards, Vice President of Engagement and Delivery for Premier. “Together, they have worked to outperform in healthcare. Premier congratulates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center for their fantastic achievements.”

A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum’s 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time.  Building on the legacy of QUEST, QUEST 2020 was launched in January 2017 to extend beyond hospital walls to provide compliance, improvement and specialized support for health systems to thrive in today’s healthcare economy.

The peer group improvement category is designed to recognize QUEST 2020 top performing hospitals based on size, patient mix and academic status. Each QUEST 2020 member was grouped into one of six categories: critical access hospital (CAH), academic, Teaching ≥ 375 beds, Teaching < 375 beds, Non-Teaching ≥175 beds and Non-Teaching < 175 beds. A top performer in each of the six peer groups was named a winner of the QUEST Award in their specific peer group category.

Baylor St. Luke’s was honored during the QUEST National Meeting taking place prior to Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in June.


About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

About the CHI Texas Division

The CHI Texas Division, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―in Houston, St. Luke’s Health (St. Luke’s) is home to eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and numerous Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, St. Luke’s flagship hospital, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine. Together, St. Luke’s and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit

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