Nationwide Children's Honored For Commitment To Quality
(From the September 2015 Issue of PediatricsOnline)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe, patient-centered care and reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation. This year’s awardees were honored on July 23 at the Health Forum-American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Francisco. The four hospitals receiving this year’s recognition were selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on each hospital’s sustainable and pervasive approach to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims of safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.
The 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., an academic medical center, was honored as a finalist. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind. each received the Citation of Merit.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Zero Hero program strives for the goal of eliminating all preventable harm for their pediatric patients and staff. Outside its walls, the hospital focuses on improving the safety and quality of life for children and the community. Physicians and employees are passionate about driving improvement. Guiding this work is a committed board, senior leadership and medical staff.
“Every hospital can take a page from the book these hospitals are writing each and every day on how to provide quality care,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA’s president and CEO. “Through impressive engagement of patients, families, their boards and their whole staff, these hospitals are excelling in safe, patient-centered, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable care.”
Nationwide Children's now offers a Clinical Fellowship in Qulaity and Safety Leadership. The program is integrated with the Masters of Business Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. This is the only program in the U.S. which is pediatric-focused and leads to an advanced degree. Download the fact sheet for more information.