Four hospital organizations, a mental health center and the head of the National Quality Forum won awards in the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' annual Ernest Amory Codman program.
The JCAHO honored a 10-hospital collaborative in the Greater Cincinnati area for reducing infections and increasing use of evidence-based practices in intensive-care units. It also bestowed Codman awards on Memorial Health Center, Medford, Wis., for a patient-education program that has helped diabetics successfully control their blood sugar levels; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md., for an emergency-department redesign that reduced ambulance diversions and patient wait times; and Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, for a coordinated, team approach to stroke care. In addition, the JCAHO recognized Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., for new approaches to behavioral healthcare and NQF President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Kizer for leading efforts to establish consensus-based standards in healthcare for performance measurement and public reporting.
The JCAHO will present the awards Nov. 9 at its national patient-safety conference in Chicago.