Quality and Safety Awards

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Receives Award from Children’s Hospital Association for “Zero Hero” Patient Safety Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Zero Hero patient safety program was awarded honorable mention among the 44 children’s hospitals entered in the Children’s Hospital Association (formerly NACHRI and CHCA) 2012 RACE for Results award program.

At Nationwide Children’s, patient safety is a hospital-wide priority. Since its inception in 2008, the Zero Hero patient safety program has focused on changing traditional thinking from the concept that complications are expected to instead view them as a challenge to reduce, prevent and ultimately eliminate.  The focus is on the opportunity to improve patient care and, in the process,”raise the bar” in patient care by eliminating preventable harm.
Each year, the Children’s Hospital Association invites member hospitals to showcase successful improvement initiatives. The Association believes sharing ideas between children’s hospitals benefits all pediatric patients. RACE for Results is an annual performance improvement award program and honors hospitals that demonstrate significant clinical or business improvements.
Winners are selected by a panel of hospital peers and international health care experts for both impact and ability to replicate practices. The program started in 2004 to demonstrate how hospitals were using data to make improvements. Now RACE for Results exists as a platform to spotlight data, process improvement and culture change. It has grown from 11 entries to 44 entries in 2012.
Through Zero Hero, Nationwide Children’s established the following, and remains focused on continuing to improve patient safety hospital-wide:

  • A tracking system to measure and analyze patient care complications, seeking to increase patient safety
  • Error prevention training for all 8,000 employees
  • Multidisciplinary microsystem teams to focus on tactical issues
  • Clinician and administrator training in the improvement methodology
  • Leadership methods to reinforce prevention techniques

About Children’s Hospital Association (formerly CHCA and NACHRI)
Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of our member hospitals.

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