In 2016, MHA introduced a new award,
the Aim for Excellence Award, intended to recognize Missouri hospitals’
innovation and outcomes related to the Triple Aim approach.
The Aim for Excellence Award is an annual,
prestigious award recognizing Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. The
award recognizes achievement, disseminates successful models, motivates
innovation, promotes publication and supports application to nationally based
grants and awards.
The goal of every hospital is to maximize patient-centered, efficient quality
of care, while reducing financial costs and penalties. The “Triple Aim”
approach is intended to improve the individual experience of care, improve the
health of populations and reduce per capita costs of care for
Recognizing that hospitals have different resources, the award is divided into
three categories. In its inaugural year, 22 applications were submitted for
judging. Judges included external Missouri funding, academic and health-related
2017 Award Information
Categories (maximum of one application per category)
Critical access and rural hospitals
Small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals
Care collaboratives or health care systems
Release applications – February
Applications due – May
Notify awardees – August
Compile and produce compendium – September-October
Announce and recognize awardees – November during MHA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show
Press release and compendium release – November following convention
project-based applications designating a team or organization
limit of one application per hospital, although a hospital also may be part of the larger comprehensive care model award
intervention must have been implemented for at least one year and have evidence of results
hospital-based applications must address at least two of the three Triple Aim principles; awards for the comprehensive care model or health system must address all three principles
Each eligible application will be judged and scored by a team of three external Missouri partners, including funders, academics, health-related centers and health-related organizations.
The top application in each category must receive a minimum average total score of 75/100 to receive the award. If no applications in a particular category receive at least 75 points, no awards will be given in that category.
Applicants and CEOs
from winning hospitals will receive:
registration for MHA’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show
tickets to the installation and recognition banquet at convention
in a news release to local and statewide media
Applicants and CEOs from honorable mention hospitals will receive:
- complimentary tickets to the installation and recognition banquet at convention
- inclusion in compendium
Critical Access and Rural Hospitals — Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
Small and Large
Metropolitan Hospitals — Saint Francis Medical Center
Collaboratives or Health Care System — SSM Health
and Rural Hospitals — Cox Monett Hospital, Inc.
Small and Large
Metropolitan Hospitals — Christian Hospital
Collaboratives or Health Care System — CoxHealth
Download a Compendium of Initiatives and Lessons Learned from last year's awards.