The Leapfrog Group and two hospital organizations in Pennsylvania are among the recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards, an annual recognition program for patient-safety achievement, advocacy, innovation and research. The awards, in their second year, are jointly bestowed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Foundation. The 2003 winners include Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pa., for its multidisciplinary approaches to reducing preventable adverse events and Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital for its successful program to reduce injury and deaths among patients taking anticoagulant medications. Leapfrog, a coalition of 140 large private employers and government agencies, won for developing a national consensus around a series of patient-safety goals and using payer leverage to increase their implementation by hospitals. In addition, Jeffrey Cooper, a medical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, won an individual achievement award for applying human factors research to anesthesia machine safety and other patient-safety innovations. The awards were founded to honor Eisenberg, who was administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the time of his death in 2002. -- by John Morrissey
Quality award recognizes Leapfrog, two hospitals
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