2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards 


The Eisenberg Awards recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality, consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy: better care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care. Better care, in particular, focuses on improving overall quality by making healthcare patient centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.

In 2015, awards will be given in the following categories:

Submissions closed on October 30, 2015. Winners will be notified by February 1, 2016.


About the Awards

The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards were established in 2002 by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission in memory of John M. Eisenberg, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Eisenberg was a member of the founding Board of Directors of NQF and an impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement. These annual awards perpetuate the enduring contributions of this healthcare and community leader by recognizing the achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to improving patient safety and healthcare quality, and organizations that have made an important contribution to patient safety and healthcare quality through a specific initiative or project.

NOTE: The Eisenberg awards are presented annually at NQF’s Annual Conference. The 2016 Annual Conference takes place April 7-8, 2016, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Award recipients must attend the NQF Annual Conference in order to receive the award.

The accomplishments of award nominees/applicants should be clearly linked to the principles that Dr. Eisenberg promoted throughout his career. These include:

  • dedication to improving the quality of healthcare and patient safety;
  • leadership in advancing methods for measuring and reporting healthcare quality;
  • expanding the public’s capacity to evaluate the quality and safety of healthcare; and
  • promoting healthcare choices based upon information about safety and quality.

Eligible organizations include integrated health systems, individual hospitals, hospital systems, multispecialty group practices, health plans, community health organizations, patient advocacy groups, chronic care programs, and unit or business lines within an organization that are focused on healthcare or engaged in patient safety initiatives.

Evaluation

An Award Panel comprised of nationally recognized patient safety and healthcare quality experts identified by The Joint Commission and NQF will evaluate award submissions and select award recipients. Award Panel decisions are final. All materials become the property of The Joint Commission and NQF and will not be returned. The Award Panel will not consider incomplete nominations/applications.

Additional Information About the Awards

The following provides a brief summary of key award nomination/submission information.

  • Award submissions were due to the National Quality Forum by October 30, 2015, at 6:00 pm ET. Submissions have closed.
  • Organizations that can be accredited by The Joint Commission must be accredited to be eligible for the award.
  • Applicants not selected for an award in any given year are invited to resubmit in subsequent years.
  • Application evaluation criteria will assess the importance of the project’s contribution to patient safety and quality, whether the project represents a significant advancement in the given area, the level of the project’s impact, and its replicability and sustainability.
  • Award recipients will be notified of the Award Panel’s decision no later than February 1, 2016.
  • The award recipient must attend the ceremony to receive the award.
  • No information about the outcome of award panel decisions can be provided prior to the official notification of the award recipients.
  • Application-specific feedback will not be provided.

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Award Categories

Please review each of the award categories and the submission requirements below and select the one that most appropriately describes your submission. Click on the associated link to access the application form for that award category.

An application fee of $350.00 must be submitted with your nomination/submission. Credit card payments are due at the time of submission. Checks are also accepted and should be made payable to the National Quality Forum with “Eisenberg Award Submission” in the memo. Instructions for submitting payment by check are provided at the end of the submission form. All payments were due by October 30, 2015.

An email confirming receipt of your nomination/application will be sent to the identified contact person within 10 business days of receipt of the nomination/application.

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Individual Achievement

Nominees must be able to demonstrate how their body of work contributed to one or more of the following:

  • Sustainable changes to practices or programs
  • Creating/fostering a culture of safety and patient engagement
  • Improving safety in care delivery systems
  • Fostering new leaders in patient safety
  • Enhancing the body of research that underlies innovative patient safety efforts

Requirements for individual submissions:

  • In a total of no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, describe:
    • The patient safety and/or the healthcare quality-related achievements of the individual being nominated;
    • The importance of the nominee’s achievements, including their specific impact on patient safety and/or healthcare quality.
  • Provide the nominee’s curriculum vitae (no page limit)
  • Additional information, such as statements of support, press clippings, endorsements, etc. can be provided.  However, this additional information should be no more than 7 pages in length.
  • Application narratives must be completed in size 11 font or larger.
  • Each submission must be made in a single PDF file not to exceed 10 megabytes in size.

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National - Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality

Eligible applications must be able to demonstrate a specific and significant contribution to patient safety and healthcare quality. Original projects or initiatives involve successful system changes or interventions that make the environment of care safer or those that advocate on the patient’s behalf are eligible for an award. The focus of the project or initiative should extend beyond local areas to achieve national or regional (e.g., statewide) impact.

These innovative projects or initiatives may include:

  • Using new technologies
  • Implementation of protocols and procedures
  • Promoting and dissemination of best practices
  • Transformation of organization culture
  • Outreach (legislation, media, etc)
  • Promoting patient advocacy and patient voice
  • Focus on the care continuum

It is recommended that all submissions represent at least one year of sustained results.

Requirements for National Submissions:

  • Provide a one paragraph abstract summarizing the focus of the application.
  • In a total of no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, describe:
    • The patient safety and/or the healthcare quality-related achievement(s)
    • The importance of the achievement(s), including their specific impact on patient safety and/or healthcare quality
  • Include a brief biographical sketch (1-2 pages) for each key individual on the project.
  • Provide appropriate documentation, such as abstracts of papers, pertinent data, and results (no page limit)
  • Additional information, such as statements of support, press clippings, endorsements, etc. can be provided.  However, this additional information should be no more than 7 pages in length.
  • Application narratives must be completed in size 11 font or larger.
  • Each submission must be made in a single PDF file not to exceed 10 megabytes in size.

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Local - Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality

Same as the National category, but with a focus on projects or initiatives at the local, community or organizational level (i.e., not national or regional in scope and impact).

Please note: Awards may be given, but need not be given, in each category every year.


Inquiries

Questions about the award should be directed to:

Amy Shaw, National Quality Forum
EisenbergAwards@qualityforum.org  


Past Award Recipients

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