"The LifePoint National Quality Program has established at the hospital and system level an ongoing, measurable approach to driving sustainable improvements in patient safety, quality and patient experience," said Rusty Holman, MD, chief medical officer for LifePoint Health. "Because of the diverse hospitals within the LifePoint system, this program offers many lessons for how healthcare facilities of all types and sizes serving a variety of patient populations can operationalize quality, create a national learning laboratory, and engineer a sustainable culture of safety."The Eisenberg Awards, launched in 2002, honor the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). An impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement, Eisenberg was a member of NQF's founding board of directors, chaired the federal government's Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force and personally led AHRQ's grant program to support patient safety research. Each year, Eisenberg Awards honor those making strides in innovating patient safety and quality at the individual level, local level and national level. The honorees for individual and national recognition for their work in the field of patient safety and quality of care are:
- Individual Achievement: Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, professor and associate chair, Department of Medicine, and professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle.
- Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level: Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety, a network of more than 130 children's hospitals in the United States and Canada.
"The 2017 Eisenberg Award winners inspire all of us to continue our collective efforts to make healthcare better and safer for every patient," said Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, president and CEO, National Quality Forum. "Through data, collaboration, transparency, education, and patient engagement, the Eisenberg winners' innovative approaches move us closer toward our universal goal to eliminate patient harm."The John M. Eisenberg Awards were presented at NQF's Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on March 12, 2018, and will be featured in the July 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. About LifePoint Health LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ:LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.