John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards
20th Annual Eisenberg Award Recipients
The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (NQF) are pleased to recognize the recipients of the 20th 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.
This year’s recipients improved diagnostic safety and the safety of health information technology, addressed social determinants of health to improve patient outcomes and created advanced patient monitoring systems and alerts that have saved patients’ lives. The 2021 awardees are listed below.
Additional information about these initiatives and individuals are available within:
Individual Achievement Awardee
Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief of the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program in the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and professor at Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Singh is recognized for his expansive, pioneering career in diagnostic safety and health IT safety. He has succeeded in translating his research into pragmatic tools, strategies and innovations for improving patient safety.
National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
Prime Healthcare Services, Improving and Promoting Social Determinants of Health at a System Level
Prime Healthcare Services is commended for establishing a program to address social determinants of health (SDOH). The initiative, “Improving and Promoting Social Determinants of Health at a System Level,” aims to help providers more effectively deliver patient care and reduce healthcare disparities. After implementing a new screening tool, community partnerships and bidirectional communications flow, Prime Healthcare Services observed improvements in all-cause hospital-wide readmission rates.
Local Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Advance Alert Monitor – Automated Early Warning System of Adults at Risk
Kaiser Permanente Northern California is honored for its life-saving initiative, “Advance Alert Monitor – Automated Early Warning System of Adults at Risk.” Kaiser Permanente developed a predictive analytic system called Advance Alert Monitor (AAM) that proactively identifies patients with a high risk of mortality or transfer to the ICU. Evaluation of the program showed statistically significant decreases in mortality with between 550 to 3,020 lives saved over four years. Data also indicated improvements in ICU admission rates, length of hospital stay, in-hospital morbidity and mortality within 30 days of an alert.
Honorary Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award
Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President Emeritus, The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission and NQF have awarded Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, former president and CEO of The Joint Commission and current president emeritus, with an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award. During his 14 years as president, Dr. Chassin oversaw the activities of the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. He introduced profound changes to Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs during that time. Under his leadership, accreditation shifted away from simply citing deficiencies to helping to drive improvement, as summarized in the motto, “Evaluate, educate and inspire.”
About the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards
The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and health care quality.
Each year, the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Joint Commission recognize the best examples of individual, local, and national efforts to improve patient safety and health care quality through the prestigious Eisenberg Awards. These awards bring the quality community together to honor groundbreaking initiatives that are consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy: better care, healthy people and communities, and smarter spending.
Launched in 2002, the awards honor the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An impassioned advocate for health care quality improvement, Dr. Eisenberg was a founding member of NQF’s board of directors.
Awards are presented in three categories:
- Individual Achievement – Individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and scholarship in patient safety and health care quality through a substantive body of work
- National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality – The focus of the project or initiative extends beyond local areas to being implemented across the country to achieve national impact. Original projects or initiatives involving successful system changes or interventions that make the environment of care safer, or that advocate on the patient’s behalf. These innovative projects or initiatives may address new technologies, protocols and procedures, education, organization culture, legislation, the media, patient advocacy, systems theory, etc.
- Local Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality – The project or initiative focuses on effecting impact at the local community, organization or regional level (e.g., statewide). Original projects or initiatives involving successful system changes or interventions that make the environment of care safer, or that advocate on the patient’s behalf. These innovative projects or initiatives may address new technologies, protocols and procedures, education, organization culture, legislation, the media, patient advocacy, and systems theory, among other areas.
Eisenberg Award Jury Panel
A diverse panel of national patient safety and quality experts has been assembled to review the submitted applications and select the award recipients.
Previous Eisenberg Recipients
Past award winners have implemented highly effective programs to advance quality and patient safety, including initiatives to improve care coordination and substantially reduce hospital readmission rates, achieve significant decreases in hospital-acquired infections, and create robust cultures and systems of safety.
Learn more about the 2020 awardees by listening to Take 5 with The Joint Commission.