Section: Mission Hospital News

Heritage Medical Groups Recognized by Integrated Healthcare Association for Achieving “Excellence in Healthcare” and “Quality Improvement”


Out of more than 200 physician organizations in California, St. Jude Heritage Medical Group is one of only 22 to win the 2015 “Excellence in Healthcare” award from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA).

In keeping with the national imperative to reduce the cost of the health care system while delivering high quality care to consumers, this award recognizes physician organizations in the state that have succeeded in managing costs while ensuring their patients receive high quality, evidence-based care. To earn this recognition, physician organizations must have performance that ranks in the top 50 percent of organizations for each of three domains: clinical quality, patient experience and total cost of care based on the IHA statewide Value Based P4P program results for measurement year 2014.

“We are honored and proud to be among the elite medical groups to receive this award,” said James Benoit, MD, medical director, SJuHMG. “Our physicians and staff have worked hard to be a leader in population health and offer the highest quality clinical care and patient experience as efficiently as possible. I am thrilled that St. Jude Heritage Medical Group is being recognized for this achievement.”

IHA also honored the physician organizations that demonstrated the highest relative quality improvement from 2013 to 2014 from each of eight California regions with the P. Bangasser, MD, Memorial Award for Quality Improvement. Mission Heritage Medical Group was honored with this award for highest improvement in the Orange County region.

“Mission Heritage Medical Group is dedicated to raising the bar on performance improvement,” said Rudy Marquez, MD, medical director, MHMG. “We are honored and proud to be an award winner this year. It demonstrates the continued commitment of our physicians and staff to provide exceptional care, and the many outstanding new programs and quality measures we’ve implemented to improve the health care experience.”