MEC Update

CAPE Award Site Visit Set for Cedars-Sinai

The California Council for Excellence, a non-profit educational foundation, recently selected Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a site visit based on the application we submitted for the 2006 California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE).

CAPE is the highest-level quality award offered by the California Council for Excellence (CCE), whose mission is to help California's private and public sector organizations achieve world-class results. The annual awards program, which emulates the Malcolm Baldrige National Award, recognizes companies and organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in several key business areas, including leadership, strategic planning and business results.

As part of the awards process, a CCE Examiner Team has scheduled a site visit at Cedars-Sinai next week (week of November 6). During this time, examiners will meet with members of medical staff and the health system executive leadership. Judging for the award will take place December 11-12. Winners and award levels will be announced on December 20.

According to Neil Romanoff, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs, members of the medical staff do not need to make special preparations for the site visit. However, they should be able to discuss any of the Quality Improvement projects they have participated in (i.e., Core Measures, handwashing, discontinuation of prohibited abbreviations, SBAR) and be willing to share how we work together as a team to improve these processes.