Litchfield Doctor Receives Physician Leadership Award

[MMA News Now, Jan. 7, 2016] MMA member Debra Peterson, MD, received the MMA Foundation’s (MMAF) prestigious Physician Leadership in Quality Award at a meeting of the Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) Board of Trustees in Willmar in December. 

The award recognizes a Minnesota physician who has demonstrated leadership in advancing quality and safety in health care. Peterson, the medical director for quality and patient safety at ACMC and a practicing family physician at the ACMC Litchfield clinic, was honored for putting evidence-based medicine into practice by establishing recommendations, workflows and physician education to achieve high quality outcomes.

Former MMA President Cindy Firkins Smith, MD, (left) and MMA Foundation CEO Dennis Kelly present Debra Peterson, MD, with the award.
 
Former MMA President Cindy Firkins Smith, MD, (left) and MMA Foundation CEO Dennis Kelly present Debra Peterson, MD, with the award.

One of her recent projects was the development of a real-time electronic physician scorecard for quality metrics on diabetes, vascular care, asthma, hypertension and colorectal cancer screening. The scorecard allows physicians throughout the ACMC health care system to identify patients with chronic conditions and provide the most effective, up-to-date and evidence-based care. 

As a result of her efforts in 2014, ACMC received MN Community Measurement “Top” ratings in the category for care of patients with diabetes, hypertension and child vaccination rates. 

“Dr. Peterson exemplifies the spirit of the Physician Leadership in Quality Award,” said Patricia Lindholm, MD, president of the MMAF. “We are pleased to recognize Dr. Peterson's outstanding contribution. Her work has improved the delivery of care by every ACMC physician, and benefits every patient they see.”