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Holy Cross Hospital Receives the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement
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(l-r): Yancy Phillips, MD, chief quality officer, Holy Cross Health; Carolyn Jackson, project manager, Delmarva Foundation; Kevin Sexton, president and CEO, Holy Cross Health; Judith Rogers, president, Holy Cross Hospital; Columbus Giles, Jr., MD, chief medical officer, Delmarva Foundation. 

 (Silver Spring, Maryland) – For the third consecutive year, Holy Cross Hospital (a member of Holy Cross Health) has been awarded the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement by the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland.

 The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, the hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement and pneumonia.

 Dr. Columbus Giles, Delmarva Foundation's Chief Medical Officer, presented the award to Kevin J. Sexton, president and CEO of Holy Cross Health, and Judith Rogers, president of Holy Cross Hospital, at a special meeting of the Holy Cross management team. Giles said, “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend the achievements of Holy Cross Hospital and look forward to continuing our collaboration to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.” 

 Giles highlighted Holy Cross Hospital's three-year consecutive recognition and Rogers acknowledged the daily commitment of staff across the hospital and quality disciplines in achieving consistently high levels of quality and safe patient care.

 For more information contact Yolanda Gaskins, director, Media Relations, Holy Cross Health, at

 About Holy Cross Health 
Holy Cross Health is a member of CHE Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Holy Cross Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Maryland. Holy Cross Health Network manages relationships with physicians and insurers. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital will open in 2014 on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and will be the first new hospital in Montgomery County in more than 35 years.

 About Delmarva Foundation 
Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (DFMC) is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with DFMC to improve the quality of health care for Maryland’s 730,000 plus Medicare beneficiaries.  DFMC, a subsidiary of Quality Health Strategies, has offices in Columbia, MD. and Easton, MD.  For more information, visit

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