Meier, 56, is the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is recognized for transforming treatment for the seriously ill into more humane and effective care.
Pronovost, 43, is a professor of anesthesiology, surgery and critical care at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as medical director of the schools Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care. An adviser on intensive care for the employer-led Leapfrog Group patient-safety organization, he has made news in recent years for advancing simple interventions to reduce catheter infections, using checklists to make sure those interventions are followed, and for criticism of the Institute for Healthcare Improvements promotion of rapid response teams.
We try to prevent needless deaths, suffering and costs of healthcare by bringing science to the delivery of care, Pronovost says in a Johns Hopkins news release. By necessity, the science has to be made practical and easy to implement.
While we are certainly grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for this wonderful honor, our true reward is saving lives and reducing harm."What do you think? Write us with your comments at [email protected]. Please include your name, title and hometown.