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St. Joseph Health Hospitals Recognized with QUEST Hero Award For Exemplary Service During COVID-19 Crisis

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HOUSTON, TX (July 19, 2021) – St. Joseph Health was recognized as a 2021 QUEST Hero for its exemplary efforts to promote patient care and safety during COVID-19. The award comes from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement and technology company that unites an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers. The award recognizes hospitals that participate in the QUEST quality improvement collaborative for achieving top performance.

Premier’s nationally-recognized QUEST collaborative is a quality improvement initiative launched in 2008 to help hospitals improve performance and safety and provide high-value care. The collaborative includes more than 150 hospitals and health systems. This year’s QUEST awards recognized all QUEST members for being nimble and quickly evolving care and operations in the face of extraordinary circumstances presented by the pandemic.

“We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that our health care workers and staff demonstrated throughout the global public health crisis,” stated St. Joseph Health Chief Executive Officer Theron Park. “Their selfless actions and commitment to quality reinforces our commitment to improving and protecting the health of communities throughout the Brazos Valley.”

With this award, four of St. Joseph Health’s hospitals were recognized for their innovation, commitment to safe, quality patient care, quick action and exemplary leadership during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The winners were recognized at this year’s national QUEST meeting, which was held virtually.

  • Burleson Hospital, Caldwell, Texas
  • College Station Hospital, College Station, Texas
  • Grimes Hospital, Navasota, Texas  Regional Hospital, Bryan, Texas

“A hero is defined as one who combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage or strength and who has attained noble and/or brave accomplishments,” said Seth Edwards, vice president of advisory services at Premier. “We believe this definition describes all of our QUEST hospitals, including the entire St. Luke’s Health Texas Division – which, in the face of this unique and challenging public health emergency, demonstrated these characteristics while continuing to deliver care to their respective communities. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions, and we are so proud to partner with these heroes.”

For more information about Premier and the 2021 award winners, visit

About Premier Inc.
Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

About St. Joseph Health
Since 1936 St. Joseph Health has been caring for the communities of Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Hearne, Navasota, Caldwell and Madisonville. With the area’s only Level II Emergency and Trauma Center, the first Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center and the first accredited Chest Pain Center in the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health is a leader in critical care and the largest provider of cardiovascular care in the region. St. Joseph Health is an academic and clinical partner of Texas A&M Health Science Center. Together, the St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network includes over 100 employed primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. As an active member of the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health is a leader in providing compassionate care and committed to the overall health of the community. To learn more, visit

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