2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

Awards to be presented at the 2012 National Quality Forum Annual Conference and Membership Meeting
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission today announced the 2011 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards will be presented on April 5, 2012 during a luncheon at the 2012 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.

The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and The Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, M.D., M.B.A., former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Eisenberg was one of the founding leaders of 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.

The honorees, selected in three award categories, are:


Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. – University of Texas

Dr. Shine is being recognized for his multiple leadership roles that have helped to improve quality and safety in health care nationwide. Over the course of his tenure as President of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Shine established the Quality of Care in America Project which led to the landmark reports, ?To Err is Human? and ?Crossing the Quality Chasm,? helping to put safety and quality on the national agenda. As the founding Director of the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security, he led the Center’s efforts to make health a central component of U.S. foreign policy and guide the Center’s evolving research agenda. In 2003, Dr. Shine joined the University of Texas Medical System as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. In this role, Dr. Shine helped to place quality and safety at the forefront of care, enacting change on a system-wide scale. A cardiologist and physiologist, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1961, and an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1957.


The Society of Hospital Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is recognized for its Mentored Implementation model, designed to further frontline quality initiatives. By employing a mentor, typically a hospitalist-expert in quality improvement and other relevant content, hospital teams are provided with the guidance they need to implement best practices and improve quality more rapidly. In addition to sharing best practices, participants are able to better engage effective measurement of baseline status and progress to date, and foster leadership skills in the process. To date, SHM?s mentors are in place in over 300 hospitals around the U.S. and Canada in three signature quality improvement initiatives focusing on care transitions, glycemic control, and venous thromboembolism prevention.


New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

An innovative collaboration between the housestaff, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Division of Quality and Patient Safety, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and support from senior hospital administration resulted in the creation of the first Housestaff Quality Council