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IHA Honors California Physician Organizations for Achieving Excellence in Healthcare The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Healthcare Award, California's top honor for physician organizations. The award recognizes physician organizations that achieve top marks on quality and patient experience measures while managing costs. To earn this recognition, physician organizations must perform in the top 50% on clinical quality, patient experience and total cost of care. Only 30 of nearly 200 participating physician organizations statewide attained Excellence in Healthcare Award performance standards this year. IHA President and CEO Jeff Rideout, MD, commended the top performers, saying, "IHA is proud to recognize physician organizations that are truly leading the way to high-quality, affordable, patient-centered care."

The 2019 Excellence in Healthcare Orange County award winners are:

  • MemorialCare Medical Group

  • Hoag Medical Group

  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County

  • Mission Heritage Medical Group

  • St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group 

UCI Vision Scientist Krzysztof Palczewski Elected to National Academy of Medicine | Krzysztof Palczewski, the Irving H. Leopold Chair in Ophthalmology and a professor of physiology & biophysics at the University of California, Irvine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest distinctions accorded to professionals in the medical sciences, healthcare and public health. He is one of 100 new U.S.-based members announced. The National Academy of Medicine recognizes leaders in diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social and behavioral sciences; and beyond. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the academy works to address critical issues in health, medicine and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. “Congratulations to Dr. Palczewski on this exceptional achievement, which illustrates the academic excellence of UCI faculty,” said Enrique Lavernia, UCI provost and executive vice chancellor. “With the election of Dr. Palczewski to the National Academy of Medicine, UCI is now home to 42 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 35 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, nine members of the National Academy of Inventors, and four members of the National Academy of Education.”

UCI School of Medicine Recognized for Excellence in Diversity | The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is the recipient of a 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education. This is the first time UCI has been named as a HEED Award recipient. The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. This year, 43 honorees were selected and will be featured in the December 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “This recognition is further proof of the tremendous momentum we have on the UCI campus toward realizing our aspiration to be a national leader of inclusive excellence. I am honored to be a part of this effort,” said Terrance Mayes, EdD, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for UCI’s Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. “Our goal is for our campus population to reflect the rich diversity of our community and greater society in many ways, including: race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, physical and mental abilities and life experiences.”  

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