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Quest for Excellence Award

As a means of recognizing outstanding work in hospital quality and performance improvement in the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska QIO, COPIC, the Nebraska Health & Human Services’ Office of Rural Health and the Nebraska Association for Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety have come together to solicit applications for the Quest for Excellence Award.

The Quest for Excellence Award is presented by these organizations to two Nebraska hospitals and one Rural Health Clinic each year to recognize their achievements in improving health care delivery in the areas of quality, performance, and patient safety. Created in 2004 to recognize hospitals’ individual and independent efforts, the award is designed to showcase innovative, exemplary, and reproducible models of patient care to the health care community.

The need to demonstrate quality improvement is here… so is this incredible opportunity. Why not take the challenge? Regardless of your organization’s past success, when you submit your application for the Quest for Excellence Award, you take another step toward quality and performance excellence.

2022 applications are due by August 4, 2022.


The following list represents the hospital submissions from the 2021 Quest for Excellence. These submissions are available for download and can be shared with your colleagues as a source of peer learning. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's program.

Quality Tracking in a Rural Critical Access Hospital
Brown County Hospital | Ainsworth
Submission | Presentation

Asking BEFORE Accessing: Increasing Patient Safety While Decreasing Central Line Utilization
CHI Health Lakeside Hospital | Omaha
Submission | Presentation
Non-CAH winner

Implementing an Oncology Care Management Program in a Rural Healthcare Setting
Crete Area Medical Center | Crete
Submission | Presentation
Rural Health Clinic winner

Documentation Improvement
Providence Medical Center | Wayne
Submission | Presentation
CAH winner