Veteran physician-informaticist Brent James, who is the executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and vice president for medical research and continuing medical education at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, and the Denver Health and Hospital Authority Community Health Services have been named winners of the 10th annual Ernest Amory Codman Award for excellence in outcomes measurement by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the JCAHO announced today.
Denver Health, which operates a string of nine publicly owned health clinics and 12 school-based clinics, in addition to a public hospital in the Denver metro area, was named the winner in the ambulatory-care category.
In April, HITS' sister publication Modern Physician placed James at 30th on its 2006 list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare while Patricia Gabow, chief executive officer and medical director at Denver Health, was ranked 27th.
The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, Orlando, Fla., was a Codman winner in the hospital category, while two awards were given in the behavioral health category to Grandfather Home for Children, Banner Elk, N.C.; and Henry Ford Behavioral Health Services, Detroit.
The awards are named for Boston surgeon Ernest Amory Codman, (1869–1940), a pioneer in the field of outcomes research, and will be presented Nov. 16 during the JCAHO’s National Conference on Quality and Patient Safety in Chicago.