St. Elizabeth Physicians Honored as 2020 Acclaim Award Recipient

Alexandria, VA – Kentucky-based St. Elizabeth Physicians has been named AMGA’s 2020 Acclaim Award recipient. The Acclaim Award, supported by AMGA Foundation, rewards the nation’s premier healthcare delivery organization that has successfully aligned itself with the AMGA’s attributes of a High-Performing Health System™ and the quadruple aim. For their accomplishments, HealthPartners and Intermountain Medical Group were also named Acclaim Award honorees.

AMGA’s Acclaim Award honors healthcare delivery organizations that are bringing their organization closer to the ideal medical group and health system by measurably improving the quality and value of care, improving patient experience and outcomes, continuously learning and innovating, and improving population health.

“The purpose of the Acclaim Award is to recognize organizations that exemplify the highest ideals of the AMGA model of care,” said John Kennedy, M.D., AMGA chief medical officer and AMGA Foundation president. “St. Elizabeth’s aligned their physician workforce within a culture of value based care and demonstrated remarkable improvements in both patient outcomes and patient experience. They have also worked tirelessly to scale and sustain these improvements over time, creating a legacy of high quality care for their patients and communities.”

In addition to its ongoing efforts to promote AMGA’s attributes of a High-Performing Health System™ and the quadruple aim, St. Elizabeth Physicians was recognized for the following initiatives: 

  • Development of a comprehensive Opiate Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder response
  • Development of a comprehensive ambulatory care management program
  • Development of a value-based performance department
  • Development of a focused strategy to improve patient perception of care
  • Development of a provider incentive plan with a single set of non-specialty specific measures

“I am so proud of the physicians, providers and associates of St. Elizabeth Physicians for the transformative work they have performed to earn the Acclaim Award,” said Dr. Robert Prichard, M.D., St. Elizabeth Physicians president and chief executive officer. “Receiving this honor is a reflection of years of creative solutions and hard work now demonstrating material change in the health and lives of our Northern Kentucky communities. St. Elizabeth looks forward to continuing this journey and leading the way toward a healthier America.”

St. Elizabeth Physicians will discuss their initiatives in detail during a session they will host at AMGA’s upcoming 2020 Annual Conference, March 25-28, in San Diego, CA. Details about St. Elizabeth Physicians’ initiatives are available here.

Acclaim Award honorees are organizations that are currently in the process of aligning themselves with AMGA’s attributes of a High-Performing Health System™ and the quadruple aim. 

In addition to their ongoing efforts, HealthPartners was recognized for the following initiatives:

  • Launching and upscaling a quality improvement training program for physician leaders and teams
  • Developed a multi-departmental program to promote the health and well-being of children from pregnancy through adolescence 

Details about HealthPartner’s initiatives are available here

In addition to their ongoing efforts, Intermountain Medical Group was recognized for the following initiatives:

  • Execution of an antibiotic stewardship campaign to prevent adverse events and near misses from a system level
  • Enhancement of telemedicine capabilities to expand access to care
  • Development and subsequent expansion or a novel, value-based practice model called ‘Reimagined Primary Care (RPC)’

Details about Intermountain Medical Group's initiatives are available here

AMGA’s prestigious Acclaim Award honors organizations that are meeting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Aims for Improvement and are taking the necessary steps to become a High-Performing Health System™ as defined by the AMGA. The award highlights the continued research and investigation toward finding the finest models of medical management, coordination of care delivery, and a systemic approach to improving the patient experience. More information on the Acclaim Award process can be found here


About AMGA

AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate, and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of our members’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.

About AMGA Foundation

AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s nonprofit arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice.

About St. Elizabeth Physicians

St. Elizabeth Physicians is the multi-specialty physician organization of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. With 406 physicians, 213 advanced practice providers and nearly 1,300 non-provider associates, St. Elizabeth Physicians serves more than 340,000 patients in 51 conveniently located sites in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. It includes 41 specialties and services. Learn more at or call 1-800-737-7900.

About Health Partners

HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. For more information, visit

About Intermountain Healthcare 

Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, a Medical Group made up of 215 clinics and 2,500 employed physicians and advanced practice providers, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs. For more information, see


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