SwedishAmerican has had an unwavering focus on quality and its continuous improvement. Although the approaches over the years have taken different forms, the commitment to quality has remained constant. Each year, we recognize the individuals, processes and initiatives behind our quality efforts through Quality Expo and the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award.
An event for area businesspeople and decision makers, Quality Expo highlights the health system's cutting-edge technology, prevention/wellness initiatives, quality processes and individuals who contribute to our organization's endless pursuit of quality.
At Quality Expo, we take attendees behind the scenes to places that many of them have never seen before, providing an opportunity to experience healthcare in a whole new way. Our physicians and professional staff, who are enthusiastic about demonstrating their expertise and accomplishments, engage in meaningful dialogue with attendees, answering many of the questions they've always wanted to ask.
Henry C. Anderson, M.D.
Throughout his long association with SwedishAmerican, Henry C. Anderson, M.D., was instrumental in our health system's quality initiatives.
Henry C. Anderson, M.D.
Before serving as vice president for professional affairs and chief quality officer, Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and practiced family medicine in Rockford for more than 40 years.
Dr. Anderson's contributions played an important role in SwedishAmerican's designation as a Top 100 Hospital, it's receipt of the Lincoln Award for Excellence and being named the winner of the National Quality Cup by USA Today and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
His many career highlights include being a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, a member of the American College of Physician Executives, a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and past president of the active medical staff at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
During his career, Dr. Anderson also was a frequent national presenter on the issue of quality in health care.
Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award
In 2002, SwedishAmerican developed the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare quality. The award bearing Dr. Anderson's name reflects the values he brought to our organization: a commitment to excellence; sound judgment; principled leadership; and exceptional integrity. Recipients meet these rigorous tests and set invaluable examples for others. The SwedishAmerican Henry C. Anderson Award is about instilling passion throughout the organization, and is our highest expression of distinction and appreciation.
Dr. Kathleen Kelly, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer (2013)
Dr. Kathleen Kelly, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer Dr. Kathleen Kelly was honored with the 2013 Dr. Henry C. Anderson Award for Quality. The award is the SwedishAmerican's highest expression of distinction for an individual’s contributions to the organization’s pursuit of quality excellence.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Kelly has worked diligently to promote quality throughout SwedishAmerican Health System. In addition to overseeing a medical staff of more than 500 providers, Dr. Kelly stays up-to-date on evidence-based medical practice and recognizes industry changes early on. She sets high quality and safety standards for SwedishAmerican, has a passion for quality care and wants all patients to receive the same level of care that she would like for her own family. Her influence has been felt throughout the SwedishAmerican organization, including its hospitals, clinics and home health department.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Kelly served as the health system's director of clinical integration and improvement, and as medical director for Benchmark Health Insurance Company. In addition, she also maintained an internal medicine practice at SwedishAmerican Medical Group/Woodside.
SwedishAmerican congratulates Dr. Kelly for earning the Dr. Henry C. Anderson Quality Award.