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CHICAGO, February 18, 2002—Kathy Malloch, Ph.D., R.N., is the winner of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2002 Edgar C. Hayhow Award for her article "Healing Models for Organizations: Description, Measurement, and Outcomes." The article appeared in the September/October 2000 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during the American College of Healthcare Executives 45th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. ACHE grants the Hayhow Award annually to the author(s) of an article judged the best from among those published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, ACHE's official journal.

Named in honor of ACHE's 14th Chairman, the Edgar C. Hayhow Award recognizes outstanding contributions to healthcare management literature. The article was selected by ACHE's Article of the Year Awards Committee.

In her article, Malloch describes a study that was developed in response to the increasing attention on healing healthcare models and the need for validation of such models. Healing healthcare models combine common values of health with patient-centered relationships and an organizational culture that supports personal mastery and growth. While many healthcare leaders intuitively recognize the need for such models, they remain reluctant to make significant changes in their organizations.

Malloch's article presents the first study of a healing model from a systems perspective, as well as evidence that supports healing healthcare models. The article describes the five components of the model and presents results from an organization with a healing environment, in which positive quality, productivity, and cost outcomes were achieved. Malloch also recommends several steps to further study healing healthcare models, including developing more concise instruments for measurement of the model and comparing outcomes between organizations that have articulated healing models with organizations that have not.

An ACHE Member, Malloch is healthcare consultant, Kathy Malloch Consulting Services, Glendale, Ariz., and a faculty member at Arizona State University in Tempe. In addition, she is president of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

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