Bonner General Health Receives 2016 Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality Award


Qualis Health, one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, presented the Idaho Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality in Boise on April 21, 2016.

“Our changing healthcare landscape requires increasingly vigorous efforts to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes in Idaho and across the nation. The Qualis Health Idaho Quality Awards celebrate organizations that have transformed healthcare delivery for their communities – making a real difference for their patients and their families,” said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. “Their achievements exemplify progress towards critical aims for healthcare: better quality of care at a lower cost.”

Prior to the initiation of the Bonner General Health Stroke Program, “We were unable to provide our local residents and the residents of nearby communities with timely access to care when stroke symptoms occurred. Our project has allowed us the ability to provide appropriate stroke care close to home,” said Tracy Autler, Director of Quality and Risk Management.

“We now have a real-time connection with neurologists and interventional radiologists that gives our patient, and their family, the ability to directly communicate with them by way of a Tele-medicine robot. The robot allows the physician to see the patient, do a complete assessment and provide recommendations for care,” said Mike Taylor, RN Manager of the BGH Emergency Department. Autler added, “The remote physician works in collaboration with the emergency physician to provide the best care for the best outcome. This program improves the chance that symptoms may be reversed, long-term disability can be minimized and patient outcomes can be greatly improved. Although not every stroke patient will have a good outcome, the process we have put in place will provide the best chance possible. “

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