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2022 Award Recipients

This year’s awardees made advancements related to medical errors in health information technology (IT), significantly reduced rates of critical events related to anesthesia, and connected mothers with important postpartum care. They are:

Individual Achievement

Jason S. Adelman, MD, MS, chief patient safety officer and associate chief quality officer; executive director, Center for Patient Safety Research; director, Patient Safety Research Fellowship, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian; associate professor of medicine (in biomedical informatics) and vice chair for quality and patient safety, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Jason S. Adelman is a leader and innovator in the medical errors field and has developed novel methods to measure and prevent errors in health IT systems. Among Dr. Adelman’s key accomplishments is the development of the Wrong-Patient Retract-and-Reorder (RAR) Measure that detects wrong patient orders in electronic health record data. The RAR Measure has subsequently facilitated a large body of patient safety research, including medication errors and wrong-patient orders in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

As executive director and founder of the Center for Patient Safety Research, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Adelman has led several National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AHRQ funded projects to test safety interventions across the interventions’ lifespans. His far-reaching impact has contributed to national and international safety recommendations, including from The Joint Commission and NQF.

National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
Anesthesia Risk Alerts Program – North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA)

North American Partners in Anesthesia is honored for its Anesthesia Risk Alerts Program, which was implemented across 500 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in March 2019. The program implemented specific mitigation strategies targeting five high-risk clinical scenarios: known or suspected difficult airway, a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 45, pulmonary hypertension, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) status 4 or 5, and operating room (OR) fire risk. Each patient is assessed by the anesthesia clinician, and if a risk is identified, the specific mitigation strategy for that scenario is advised to prevent harm.

After implementation of the program, which reached greater than 95% compliance, the incidence rate of relevant critical adverse events for patients with a BMI greater than or equal to 45 and under general anesthesia decreased significantly.

Local Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
Improving Maternal Safety and Quality Through Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy in Dallas County – Parkland Health

Parkland Health is recognized for its Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy (eMCAP) program in Dallas County, initiated in October 2020. The eMCAP program provides postpartum access to care for 12 months after birth for women with the highest social needs and limited access to physician clinic locations, mostly minority women. The program utilizes advance practice providers, community health workers, nurse home visits, virtual visits, and a mobile van deployed to locations in Dallas County to address patient health concerns including hypertension, diabetes, and behavioral health.

Compared to matched controls:

  • Attendance for eMCAP patients with chronic hypertension was significantly better up to 12 months after birth.
  • Up to three months after birth, patients with diabetes management had significantly better follow up, resulting in significantly lower HbA1c values.
  • Patients with abnormal mental health screening scores were successfully referred for behavioral therapy, completed sessions with licensed mental health counselors, and accepted therapeutic intervention.

Launched in 2002, the awards honor the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). An impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement, Dr. Eisenberg was a founding member of NQF’s board of directors.

Additional details on the strategies used and improvements implemented by this year’s recognized initiatives can be found within the awardee summaries.

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2021 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.” 


Learn more about the 2021 and 2020 awardees by listening to Take 5 Podcasts with The Joint Commission.

2020 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners  

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