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John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health, was presented with the national Steven Schroder Outstanding Healthcare CEO award at the Leapfrog Group’s annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes a hospital and/or health system CEO who has demonstrated courageous and ethical leadership addressing the twin issues of affordability and quality of health care in their community.
“Great health system leaders know that quality and affordability go hand-in-hand” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this award we’re pleased to join with Costs of Care in recognizing a CEO who tackles patient safety, quality, and cost simultaneously, and as a result provides better care to the community.”
Under DiAngelo’s leadership, Inspira Health has transformed into a High Reliability Organization, focused on providing high quality care in the safest environment possible. Through this process, Inspira has become a leader in patient safety and was recently recognized nationally for its successful implementation of a high reliability culture of safety across its 150-plus service locations. Over the past four years, the health system has achieved an almost 90 percent reduction in serious preventable harm.
As president and CEO, DiAngelo has also led the charge in supporting numerous underserved populations, most notably through Inspira’s involvement with the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative. This unique consortium of social service organizations, faith-based institutions and government officials follows the Housing First model to tackle chronic homelessness, with the goal of ending homelessness in the county. Inspira’s active role in the collaborative is part of a broader effort by Inspira to understand and address social determinants of health – poverty, access to nutritious food, violent surroundings, etc. – that impact disease prevention and management, and affect overall health.
“We appreciate this recognition of Inspira Health's overall accomplishments in the areas of patient safety, clinical quality and reducing health care costs. I share this award with the entire Inspira team, and our many community partners,” said DiAngelo. “We continue to search for innovative ways to provide exceptional care and improve the health of our communities.”
The Outstanding Healthcare CEO award is named in honor of Steven Schroeder, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care at the University of California San Francisco and former President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Schroeder has spent five decades inspiring and mentoring leaders to forcefully advocate for better quality and more affordable health care.
“John DiAngelo has shown that health systems can contribute to the health of the community they serve, and can do so in an affordable manner. His work models the values and programs that distinguish excellent medical systems, and he is most worthy of this award,” said Dr. Schroeder.
About Inspira Health
Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in nine nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,000 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the network’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.
About Costs of Care
Costs of Care is a nonprofit organization dedicated to curating and broadly disseminating insights from the front lines of health care to help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost. Since 2009, Costs of Care has collected more than 500 personal accounts from physicians, nurses, and patients all over the United States that illustrate routine and high yield opportunities to improve the value of care delivery through improved decision-making. Costs of Care has created widely adopted and enduring resources to educate medical trainees and clinicians about how to address health care costs and provide high-value care.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the life-saving information they need to make informed decisions.