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St. Luke’s Health Hospitals Recognized with QUEST Hero Award For Exemplary Service During COVID-19 Crisis


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HOUSTON, TX (July 8, 2021) – St. Luke’s Health was recognized as a 2021 QUEST Hero for its exemplary efforts to promote patient care and safety during COVID-19. The award comes from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement and technology company that unites an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers. The award recognizes hospitals that participate in the QUEST quality improvement collaborative for achieving top performance.

Premier’s nationally-recognized QUEST collaborative is a quality improvement initiative launched in 2008 to help hospitals improve performance and safety and provide high-value care. The collaborative includes more than 150 hospitals and health systems. This year’s QUEST awards recognized all QUEST members for being nimble and quickly evolving care and operations in the face of extraordinary circumstances presented by the pandemic.

“We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that our health care workers and staff demonstrated throughout the global public health crisis,” stated St. Luke’s Health Chief Executive Officer Doug Lawson, PhD. “Their selfless actions and commitment to quality reinforces our commitment to improving and protecting the health of communities across Texas.”

With this award, St. Luke’s Health 16 acute care hospitals were recognized for their innovation, commitment to safe, quality patient care, quick action and exemplary leadership during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The winners were recognized at this year’s national QUEST meeting, which was held virtually.

“A hero is defined as one who combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage or strength and who has attained noble and/or brave accomplishments,” said Seth Edwards, vice president of advisory services at Premier. “We believe this definition describes all of our QUEST hospitals, including the entire St. Luke’s Health Texas Division – which, in the face of this unique and challenging public health emergency, demonstrated these characteristics while continuing to deliver care to their respective communities. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions, and we are so proud to partner with these heroes.”

For more information about Premier and the 2021 award winners, visit Premierinc.com.

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About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 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. www.premierinc.com.

About St. Luke’s Health – Texas Division

St. Luke’s Health is a fully-integrated network that provides care to the communities in Greater Houston, East Texas, and the Brazos Valley through 16 acute care hospitals and over 270 access points including numerous urgent care centers, freestanding emergency departments, and clinics conveniently located across the region. With a team of 11,000 employees and caregivers and more than 5,000 physicians, St. Luke’s Health is dedicated to a mission of enhancing community health through high-quality, cost-effective care. A joint venture with Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke’s Health operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, a leading academic health center with quaternary care and advanced specialists. St. Luke’s Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. CommonSpirit was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. Learn more at StLukesHealth.org.

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