ISU Meridian Health Science Center

ISU's Family Medicine Residency Honored for Health Care Excellence

March 3, 2008

Boise—Idaho State University’s Pocatello Family Medicine Residency has received a 2007 Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality from Qualis Health, a nonprofit, health care quality improvement organization headquartered in Seattle.   

Qualis CEO and president Jonathan Sugarman presented a plaque to ISU’s Sandra Hoffmann, M.D., and Trudy Bearden, P.A.-C., at an awards luncheon March 3 in Boise.

“This award clearly distinguishes us in the health care community for our cutting-edge activity,” said William M. Woodhouse, M.D., associate director of the ISU Family Medicine Residency Program.  "I am very pleased to see our team earn such important recognition."

The award is for Pocatello Family Medicine’s “Quality as Culture” project, which brought about a fundamental transformation in how residency personnel look at the practice and care they provide.

“As a result of their work, Pocatello Family Medicine has been singled out by Medicare and Idaho Medicaid as one of the few in the nation that can readily generate reliable clinic data,” said Qualis Health.       

For more information about the “Quality as Culture” project, contact Woodhouse at (208) 282-4508.


ISU-Meridian media contact: Chris Gabettas, 208-373-1806

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