Two physicians and two hospitals are being honored by the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum for their contributions to safety and quality of care. The organizations announced the 2010 recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards, which are given annually.
Joint Commission, NQF announce safety awards
Named for a founding leader of the NQF who served as administrator of HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this year's awards were presented in three categories: individual achievement, innovation at the national level and innovation at the local level.
Dr. John Eichhorn, a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, was honored for individual achievement for his work in improving anesthesia safety. Dr. James Reinertsen, head of the Reinertsen Group, a healthcare consulting practice based in Alta, Wyo., won an individual achievement award for "his lifelong leadership in improving healthcare quality and safety in medical groups, hospitals and health systems."
Washington State Hospital Association received an award for innovation at the national level for its Safe Table Learning Collaborative program, while the Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage, Alaska, won local-level recognition for its success at eliminating catheter-associated bloodstream infections in its neonatal intensive-care unit.
“The innovative and exemplary work of these individuals and healthcare organizations hopefully will not only inform but also inspire others to become champions of patient safety and quality improvement,” said Dr. Mark Chassin, Joint Commission president, in a news release. "Their achievements make it clear that substantial improvements can be made in patient safety."
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