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RACE for Results

Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha Wins National Award for Excellence in Asthma Best Practices

(Omaha, Neb.) Children's Hospital & Medical Center is a recipient of the distinguished "RACE for Results" award sponsored by Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). This national award recognizes and celebrates excellence in performance improvement in the area of quality and safety within children's hospitals.

CHCA is a business alliance of 42 of North America's leading children's hospitals.The award is given by CHCA to children's hospitals that demonstrate significant and sustained improvements in care through the use of CHCA data and improvement resources. Omaha's Children's Hospital & Medical Center earned a 2006 "RACE for Results" award for its work in improving care for children with asthma. By using national asthma and steroid data, Children's began a series of projects to help implement new treatment guidelines and restructure its Respiratory Care Department. These projects helped reduce unnecessary time spent in the hospital and return visits after being discharged.

"We are honored to be recognized among our peers, the leading children's hospitals in North America, for our efforts in making asthma care more safe, effective and efficient," said Gary Perkins, president and CEO of Omaha's Children's Hospital & Medical Center. "We're proud of the improvements we've achieved and continue our efforts toward further improvements that will help us better serve the children who come to us for quality healthcare."

Children's was selected for the prestigious "RACE for Results" award by a panel of independent national quality and safety experts. The Children's Medical Center of Dayton was also a recipient of a 2006 CHCA "RACE for Results" Relay award.

CHCA is a catalyst for continuous performance improvement; networking 42 of North America's leading children's hospitals, connecting 20,000 pediatric specialists and linking almost 100,000 children's hospital employees. As a business alliance of children's hospitals, CHCA provides a range of programs and services designed to improve the performance of its owner hospitals. For more information about CHCA, go to www.chca.com.

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