California-based Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest health plans, was honored for innovation. It's implant registries, which use integrated data of its members in multiple medical centers across nine states to analyze statistics around patient outcomes, have established clinical best practices and were highlighted by NQF and The Joint Commission as having demonstrated "unsurpassed" benefits to patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, TX was the second recipient of the award for innovation. The 12-hospital nonprofit system in Southeast Texas was recognized for its High Reliability Journey from Board to Bedside initiative, which the system implemented across all of their hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics and other facilities.
The initiative created an accountability structure that focused leaders and employee attention on evidence-based care, harm prevention, and high-reliability behaviors to create a cultural transformation through an executive-led performance improvement process and reward system around improving quality and reducing harm.
"The Eisenberg Awards serve as an important reminder of what healthcare should strive to be at all times—safe, effective, and focused on providing patient-centered care," said Gerald Shea, interim president and CEO of NQF in a statement. "We congratulate this year's recipients for their continued contributions in the field and for the impact their successes will continue to have on raising the standard of care in our nation."
The third category for the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards is "Patient Safety and Quality at the Local Level," but no recipient was named for 2012.