2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission today announced the 2009 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Honorees were selected in all five award categories.  These annual awards recognize the achievements of individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to improving patient safety and health care quality, and individuals and organizations who, through a specific initiative or project, have made an important contribution to patient safety and health care quality in the areas of research or system innovation.

The Joint Commission news release summarizes the honorees, by award category, as follows:

Individual Achievement, Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

Research, Tejal Gandhi, M.D. - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality (National Level), Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality – Lansing, Michigan

Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality (Local Level), Mercy Hospital Anderson – Cincinnati, Ohio

International, Noreen Zafar, M.D., F.R.C.O.G. – Lahore, Pakistan

(SOURCE: The Joint Commission, http://jointcommission.org, September 21, 2009)