UnityPoint Health Wins Award for Tackling Care Challenges

Dave Williams, MD, Kent Lehr and Sue Thompson accept 2018 Optum Award in Las Vegas for UnityPoint Health.

UnityPoint Health is standing out as an organization boldly committed to tackling the biggest challenges in health care. Leading information and technology service firm, Optum, awarded UnityPoint Health a winner in the 2018 Inspiration in Health Care Awards, specifically in health care delivery.

“UnityPoint Health is developing new and innovative ways to coordinate care for patients,” Sue Thompson, Senior Vice President, Integration and Optimization, says. “As an example of the work, we’ve prioritized a focus on a new process around sepsis treatment that’s led to the survival of 33 additional patients. UnityPoint Health leaders are also supporting work to reduce hospital readmissions and to prevent avoidable emergency department admissions.”

All companies who partner with Optum were eligible to submit a nomination for the awards. But, only companies that demonstrate success in modernizing infrastructure, integrating data-driven intervention to advance care and translating data into meaningful information that empowers patients to take an active role in their own care won the prestigious awards.

“UnityPoint Health has proven it is providing an exceptional patient experience with attentive, personalized and proactive care across three areas: primary care, specialty care and post-acute care,” Adam Spiegel, Executive Vice President says. “We are proud to recognize their achievements and excited to see where their work will lead in the future.”

“The UnityPoint Health strategic plan is all about transformation and embracing the changes necessary to provide the care our patients expect and deserve,” Kent Lehr, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, says. “Change challenges us to shift from being consumed with who we are and what we are doing today to intentionally focusing on who we can be.”

Of the 28 entrants for 2018, Optum only selected five winners in the categories of health care delivery, health care operations, data and analytics, pharmacy services and population health.

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