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Richmond University Medical Center Receives American Hospitals Association Quest for Quality Citation of Merit

July 26, 2019 – Richmond University Medical Center received the 2019 American Hospital Association (AHA) Quest for Quality Citation of Merit award for its exemplary achievements in addressing social determinants of health, engaging staff and medical residents in various quality improvement initiatives, and working to address issues such as obesity and the opioid crisis.

The award was presented at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego yesterday to president and chief executive officer Dr. Daniel J. Messina.  More than 800 health care facilities across the country applied for Quest for Quality Award. Three were selected as finalists. Richmond University Medical Center was selected for the Citation of Merit. The 2019 Quest for Quality award winner was Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina and the award finalist was Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina.

Richmond University Medical Center was selected for its leading-edge work in behavioral health and primary care along with providing effective programs that address the borough’s opioid crisis. Serving Staten Island and the surrounding communities for over 100 years, Richmond University Medical Center is the borough’s leading provider of behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults. The hospital is also home to Staten Island’s only inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents.

“Our hospital is in great company and our leading edge services are now in the national spotlight,” Dr. Messina said. “A huge thanks goes out to so many people who helped to make this award possible, starting with everyone on our fantastic medical staff. They are the reason that residents of Staten Island are receiving quality, effective care every day at our hospital and facilities across the borough.”

Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care are members of the AHA.

“This year’s winner and honorees have demonstrated an organizational-wide commitment to advancing the quality of care they provide each day to their patients and communities,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president and chief executive officer. “Their leadership in improving care is an inspiration to hospitals and health systems across the country.”

Richmond University Medical Center Receives American Hospitals Association Quest for Quality Citation of Merit