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2007 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission today announced the 2007 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Honorees were selected in all four award categories.

The honorees, by award category, are as follows:


-- Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. - Center for Injury Research and

Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Winston is being recognized for her lifelong professional commitment to combining public health, biomechanical engineering and psychologic methodologies to promote safety and prevent injury among children from motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and acquired disability among children. Dr. Winston established Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), a research to action program; the PCPS child-focused crash surveillance system today contains data from more than 500,000 crashes involving children. The research findings have informed improved safety design, as well as new legislation and regulations and anticipatory guidance by clinicians and public health educators. Child traffic deaths have been reduced by 15 percent since 1990, and PCPS is now recognized as the leading national resource for child safety experts. Dr. Winston has also provided expert input to national organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Product Safety Commission.

-- Darrell A. Campbell, Jr., M.D. - University of Michigan Hospitals and

Health Centers

Dr. Campbell is being recognized for advancing quality improvement initiatives at the national, regional and local levels. He led the expansion of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) from the Veterans Administration to the private sector, and has then used that experience to design and develop the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC), a quality collaborative based on NSQIP. The MSQC is today a partnership involving 34 Michigan hospitals, the American College of Surgeons, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. At the local level, Dr. Campbell has distinguished himself as chief of staff at the University of Michigan Health System where he has implemented multiple patient safety and quality improvement-related initiatives. These include a hospital-wide rapid response team; regular patient safety rounds; establishment of a "full disclosure" policy for medical errors; provision for annual patient safety training for all employees; and a patient safety certification program for house officers.


-- Eric J. Thomas M.D., MPH - The University of Texas Health Science

Center at Houston

Dr. Thomas' broad-based patient safety and quality research activities have focused on the epidemiology of errors and adverse events, teamwork, incident reporting, measuring and improving cultures of safety, claims file analysis, pediatric patient safety, geriatric patient safety, and organizational learning. His work has been featured in leading quality and safety journals and other peer reviewed publications, and his expert opinion and research findings have been relied upon by the Institute of Medicine, the World Health Organization, and the Institute for Healthcare Excellence, among others.


-- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School - Boston, Mass.

This organization is being recognized for the adaptation and application of the military and commercial aviation Crew Resource Management (CRM) principles to the field of obstetrics. After the CRM curriculum was modified for clinical application, 220 staff received training to incorporate the CRM principles and concepts into their daily work processes. The result was a dramatic reduction in major adverse obstetric events, which reduced malpractice liability exposure and improved overall patient safety and the quality of obstetric care. Specifically, a 25.4 percent reduction in the Adverse Outcomes Index (a measure developed for the project) was realized, and the severity of adverse events was reduced by 13.4 percent. The success of this work has been broadly recognized and has driven or influenced similar initiatives, including those of the Harvard Risk Management Foundation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, among others.


-- Evanston Northwestern Healthcare - Evanston, Ill.

This organization is being recognized for its development and deployment of the first universal admission surveillance program for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The first year of this patient safety initiative resulted in a 62 percent reduction of MRSA and avoidance of more than 50 episodes of MRSA infection. The approach utilized was judged to be easily and cost effectively reproducible in any organization, and, as such, has the potential to have a significant impact on the nationally increasing mortality rates and rising costs associated with MRSA infections.

This year's awards will be presented on September 27, 2007 at NQF's Annual Policy Conference on Quality in Washington, D.C. The December 2007 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety will feature the achievements of each of the award recipients.

"We applaud each of these outstanding recipients for their efforts which have truly advanced patient safety in the United States," says Dennis S. O'Leary, M.D., president, The Joint Commission. "Their demonstrated commitment to patient safety and innovative efforts are inspirations to the American health care community."

"The Eisenberg Awards are very important to all of us who are working to enhance health care quality and more importantly, reducing the suffering that unfortunately happens in the health care environment," says Janet M. Corrigan, Ph.D., president and CEO, National Quality Forum. Each one of these awardees are examples of people and organizations that are making a difference and leading the health care industry into a better, safer tomorrow for patients and health care consumers."

The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and The Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Eisenberg was one of the founding leaders of the NQF and sat on its board of directors. In his roles both as AHRQ administrator and chair of the federal government's Quality Inter-Agency Coordination Task Force, he was a passionate advocate for patient safety and health care quality and personally led AHRQ's grant program to support patient safety research.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a non-profit organization ( with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, DC.

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