EngagingPatients.org, an online community dedicated to sharing best practices in patient and family engagement, announced that nominations have opened for the 2015 John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement.

The John Q. Sherman Award was established in 2014 to elevate the innovative work people and organizations from across the continuum of care are doing to advance patient and family engagement. The National Patient Safety Foundation's (NPSF) Lucian Leape Institute and Standard Register Healthcare (NYSE: SR) are sponsoring the award which they will confer at NPSF's 17 th annual Patient Safety Congress in Austin, Texas on April 30. The award is named for John Q. Sherman, founder of Standard Register and philanthropist.

"As a delivery system, the future of healthcare depends on our ability to engage patients and keep them activated. At the heart of that transformation is the work being done to engage patients and their personal support networks. The John Q. Sherman Award is designed to recognize the people and organizations that are reshaping care through patient and family engagement," said John King, chairperson for EngagingPatients.org's advisory board and president of Standard Register Healthcare. "We hope that by showcasing their remarkable results, more providers and advocates will be inspired to learn, share and adopt more patient and family-centered practices."

The award assesses achievement in patient engagement across six categories: Innovation; Transformation; Collaboration; Communication; Inspiration; and Systems Change. Nominations can address any of these categories as desired. Achievement in all categories is not required to enter.

Judges will evaluate award submissions based on the results the nominee has achieved, the potential for the nominee's initiative to sustain results over time and be replicated by other organizations and individuals; and the initiative's relevance to advancing patient engagement.

"Patient engagement is a key area of focus for the National Patient Safety Foundation and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF and president of the Institute. "Recognizing the innovators in patient engagement is a very valuable way to help other organizations learn and improve, so we are pleased to be working in collaboration with Standard Register Healthcare on this."

Nominations will be accepted through February 28. Work must have occurred between January 1, 2013 and January 2015. The official nomination form and full details about criteria for the John Q. Sherman Award are available at www.EngagingPatients.org/award.

About EngagingPatients.org

EngagingPatients.org was launched in June, 2013, led by the belief that patient engagement is central to the transformation of healthcare. The community recognizes the important role that communications play in improving the patient experience, the quality of care and ultimately creating better outcomes. By partnering with smart people and great organizations throughout the healthcare community, members strive to advance engagement between patients, their advocates and the providers who care for them. EngagingPatients.org was designed be a centralized resource where the community can find real-time news and relevant content, share best practices and engage in thoughtful discussion.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation's vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation's work, visit www.npsf.org.

About the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members comprise national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care.

About Standard Register

Standard Register (NYSE: SR), is trusted by the world's leading companies to advance their reputations and add value to their operations by aligning communications with corporate brand standards. Standard Register's business is Connectication: leveraging traditional printing and technology-enhanced communications solutions to amplify the effectiveness of connected communications. Providing market-specific insights and a compelling portfolio of workflow, content and analytics solutions to address the changing business landscape in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, transportation and retail markets, Standard Register is the recognized leader in the management and execution of mission-critical communications. More information is available at http://www.standardregister.com .

About Standard Register Healthcare

Standard Register Healthcare is a business unit of Standard Register, serving more than 1,800 clients from across the healthcare delivery network, including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care, managed care and the suppliers that support them. A recognized leader in managing patient-centric information and communications, Standard Register Healthcare provides services and technology-enabled solutions to standardize and manage communications to enhance patient engagement, the coordination of care and achieve desired outcomes. More information is available at www.standardregisterhealthcare.com .

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