Two individuals and two organizations have been named winners of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards by the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission.
The individuals are physicians Flaura Winston, a pediatrician and the founder and scientific director at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia; and Darrell Campbell, an organ transplant surgeon and chief of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor.
Winston was recognized for a lifelong professional commitment to combining public health, biomechanical engineering and psychological methodologies to promote safety and prevent injury among children from motor vehicle crashes, according to a news release.
Campbell was honored for advancing quality-improvement initiatives at the national, regional and local levels, including leading the expansion of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program from the Veterans Health Administration to the private sector.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School, both Boston, were recognized together for improving patient safety and quality at the national level, specifically for the adaptation and application of the military and commercial aviation Crew Resource Management principles to the field of obstetrics. The hospital and medical school used the principles to train 220 staff members, resulting in a dramatic reduction in major adverse obstetric events, which reduced malpractice liability exposure, improved overall patient safety and the quality of obstetric care.
As previously announced, Evanston (Ill.) Northwestern Healthcare was honored for its patient-testing program at admission to identify patients infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. -- by Joseph Conn
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