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Aim for Excellence Award

In 2016, MHA introduced the Aim for Excellence Award, an annual, prestigious award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes related to the Triple Aim approach.

In previous years, the award recognized achievement, disseminated successful models, motivated innovation, promoted publication, and supported application to nationally-based grants and awards.

This year, the award will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic response, recognizing the innovation and dedication to patients, families, communities and health care workers during this unprecedented time in recent history.

The awards will recognize member organization-based projects that addressed a specific COVID-19 challenge. Awards will be presented at MHA’s 99th Annual Convention in November 2021.

How to Apply

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 30.

Categories (maximum of two applications per hospital facility)

  • Critical access and rural hospitals
  • Small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals or health care system


  • Release applications – February
  • Applications due – Friday, April 30
  • Notify awardees – August
  • Compile and produce compendium – September-October
  • Announce and recognize awardees – November during MHA’s Annual Convention
  • Press release, press kit and compendium release – November following convention


  • organizational-based strategies/responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • limit of two applications per hospital, and applications must focus on COVID-19
  • one specific COVID-19 challenge with resulting solution and interventions

Application Guidelines

All applications must be submitted on the application template. No other form of application will be accepted. The application template is a Word document to allow entrants to expand and condense sections under required headings. The application must be single-spaced using Calibri font no smaller than 11 point. The executive summary must NOT exceed two pages, and the entire application narrative must NOT exceed nine pages. Once the application is complete, submit the application at


  • Eligibility and phase one scoring will be conducted by MHA clinical, quality and safety staff.
  • Second phase review and scoring will be conducted by external judges.
  • Award selection will be based on final ranked score.
  • One application for each rural and each MSA category for each of the seven focus areas will be awarded, with a maximum of 14 total awards possible.


Award Criteria
Point Allocation
Executive Summary A two-page project summary 5
NAMS Six Aims Alignment Alignment with at least one NAM STEEEP aim — safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered 5
COVID-19 Internal Planning and Response Structure A description of the internal structure, systems and processes used to plan and respond 10
COVID-19 Challenge Statement The relevant COVID-19 response challenge and opportunity for improvement 5
COVID-19 Planned Solution The specific objective developed to address the COVID-19 challenge identified in this application 5
Strategy to Respond A detailed description of the strategy, approach and implementation of this solution 15
Communication Strategy The communication strategies used to disseminate knowledge among internal staff, regional partners and community 10
Engagement of Leaders and External Stakeholders External partner and leadership engagement 10
Results Specific results and outcomes received 15
Sustainability of Resources and Results Strategy to sustain and improve on, or further expand, the results of this project 5
Lessons Learned The successes and challenges related to this specific response 15
100 possible

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 75/100 points, no awards will be given in that category.

Applicants and CEOs from winning hospitals receive:

  • complimentary registration for MHA’s Annual Convention
  • recognition in a news release to local and statewide media
  • press kit sent to award winners
  • inclusion in compendium


Past Recipients

Contact An Expert

Porth Leslie   Source

Leslie Porth

Senior Vice President of Quality, Safety and Research
Hollis Stacie2   Source

Stacie Hollis

Manager of Emergency Preparedness/Coalition Administrative Liaison
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