Stamford (Conn.) Health System, Staten Island (N.Y.) University Hospital and Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C., were among seven winners of the 2004 Earnest A. Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for using outcomes measurement to improve quality. Other winners of the Codman Award were Stephen Jencks, director of quality coordination at the CMS' Office of Clinical Standards and Quality; Life Care Center of Sarasota, Fla.; Medco Health Solutions, Franklin Lakes, N.J.; and Sundown Ranch, Canton, Texas.
The Stamford system was praised for a protocol to monitor blood glucose levels in critically ill patients that led to a 29% decrease in mortality and a nearly 11% decrease in lengths of stay. At the Staten Island hospital, a protocol for high-risk hip-fracture patients reduced mortality to 1% from 4.9%. Novant implemented a safety system for Warfarin administration that reduced adverse events 38% among inpatients and 51% among outpatients. The awards, named after a physician who pioneered patient outcomes as the ultimate measure of quality, will be presented Thursday. -- by Joseph Conn