Two individuals were named winners of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards by the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission Tuesday.
The individuals are physicians Flaura Koplin Winston, a pediatrician and the founder and scientific director at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Darrell Campbell, an organ transplant surgeon and chief of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System.
Winston, who is an associate professor of pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was recognized for a "lifelong professional commitment to combining public health, biomechanical engineering and psychologic methodologies to promote safety and prevent injury among children from motor vehicle crashes," according to a joint news release. Winston established the Partners for Child Passenger Safety program, a crash surveillance system "that contains data from more than 500,000 crashes involving children."
Campbell, a professor of surgery at the University of Michigan, 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. Campbell "used that experience to design and develop the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative," which includes 34 Michigan hospitals, the American College of Surgeons and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, the release said.
Eisenberg, the physician after whom the awards are named, was a former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at HHS and was one of the founding leaders of the NQF, who died of brain cancer in 2002 at age 55. -- by Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer