The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented its annual KHA Quality Awards this week. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care. Seven hospitals from across Kentucky were honored this year including UofL Health – Peace Hospital in the psychiatric hospital category.

Peace Hospital has long been a supporter of expressive art and movement with an understanding that active engagement in creativity as well as physical movement and outdoor activities promote healing related to emotional, mental and physical traumas. Peace Hospital developed a therapeutic garden that provided access to sunshine and a connection with nature. The garden became the focus of multiple activities including group sessions. The work of Peace Hospital’s activity therapy department demonstrates a holistic approach to patient care and contributes to the healing and recovery of patients.

The goals of this award are to raise awareness of the need for organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care; reward successful efforts to develop and promote improvements in quality of care; inspire organizations to systematically integrate and align their quality improvement efforts throughout the organization; communicate successful programs and strategies to the hospital field; and facilitate Kentucky hospitals’ alignment of quality initiatives with national initiatives.

This is the sixth time within the past eight years that Peace Hospital has received this award, which demonstrates not only a dedication to patient safety, but their persistence to going above and beyond what is expected for providing quality care.

About the Kentucky Hospital Association: KHA was established in 1929. The Association represents hospitals, related health care organizations and integrated health care systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the citizens of Kentucky. The Association is headquartered in Louisville.