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Nominations Open for Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement, an online community dedicated to sharing best practices in patient and family engagement, is now accepting nominations for the 2016 John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement.

Established in 2014, the Sherman Award is dedicated to recognizing innovative work that has resulted in better, safer care and improved outcomes by engaging patients and families in their care. The award—a partnership between, the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) Lucian Leape Institute, and Standard Register Healthcare—will be conferred at NPSF’s 18th annual Patient Safety Congress in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 24, 2016. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Scottsdale for the congress.

“Increasing attention on engaging patients and their personal support networks signals a true shift in healthcare,” said Mark O’Leary, chair of’s advisory board and president of Standard Register Healthcare. “Each project represents an organization’s commitment to creating deep and lasting relationships by engaging and activating patients and families across the continuum of care. We hope showcasing these outstanding projects and caregivers will inspire more patient and family-centered practices.”

Named for John Q. Sherman (1882-1939), founder of Standard Register and philanthropist, the award is given to a program focused on enhancing patient and family engagement. Programs will be judged on patient and family involvement in project design and implementation, measurable results, sustainability, and reproducibility of the project.

“Patient and family engagement is essential to the delivery of safe and appropriate health care,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF and president of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. “We are pleased to collaborate with to recognize those who have put successful practices into place to partner with patients, and this award is a wonderful way to share what they have learned.”

Nominations will be accepted through March 11. Work must have occurred between January 1, 2014, and January 31, 2016. The official nomination form and full details about criteria for the John Q. Sherman Award are available at

Submissions Open for Eisenberg Awards Through October 30

Submissions are open through October 30 for the 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. These prestigious awards, given annually by NQF and The Joint Commission, recognize major achievements to improve patient safety and healthcare quality by individuals and organizations at the local and national levels in separate awards. Self-nominations are welcome.

 “Each year, the Eisenberg award winners inspire the quality field as we work together to help ensure that all patients receive the high-quality, safe care that they need and deserve,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, president and CEO of NQF.

Launched in 2002, the patient safety awards program honors the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Eisenberg also was a member of the founding board of directors of NQF.

Award criteria and eligibility requirements are available online at

The 2015 awards will be presented during NQF’s Annual Conference, “Re-engineering Quality Data for Value,” April 7-8, 2016, in Washington, DC.

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MITSS Hope Award Accepting Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Annual MITSS Hope Award. The award recognizes people and organizations—patients, families, healthcare providers, hospitals (or their teams or departments), academic institutions, community health centers, grass roots organizations, EAP Programs, etc.—who exemplify the mission of MITSS: Supporting Healing and Restoring Hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. The Award is being sponsored by RL Solutions, and the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Nominations are due by September 25, 2015, and the Award will be presented at the MITSS 14th Annual Dinner to be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 5:30 to 9 pm.

For more information about the award or to nominate someone (self-nominations will be accepted), visit, call the MITSS office (617) 232-0090, or email Winnie Tobin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Beryl Institute Opens Applications for 2015 Patient Experience Grant and Scholar Programs

Annual Programs Support Research Efforts to Improve the Patient Experience

The Beryl Institute announces its sixth annual Patient Experience Grant Program and fourth annual Institute Scholar Program. In partnership with Patient Experience Institute, these offerings reinforce the commitment to help frame and expand the field of patient experience, develop leaders on the front lines and throughout the experience movement, and provide information and research to support expanded focus and measured impact of patient experience in healthcare.

The grant and scholar programs are intended to encourage and support research into the:

• Value of focusing on the patient experience before, during and after care (e.g., ROI, satisfaction or quality outcomes)

• Impact of service efforts on the healthcare experience

• Influence of culture on the patient experience, service and outcomes

• Integrated review of key factors that support positive healthcare experiences

"Since their inception in 2010, the Patient Experience Grant and Scholar Programs have provided funding to over 50 organizations and individuals seeking to expand the conversation, learning and sharing around patient experience improvement,” said Stacy Palmer, vice president, strategy and member experience, The Beryl Institute. “We are pleased to continue this support as part of our commitment to help generate, collect and share ideas and proven practices to further the patient experience movement.”

Healthcare leaders and staff engaged in managing or improving patient experience, or graduate students, and/or university faculty members may apply. Research should be relevant to the topics outlined by the grant program and can be in proposal stage, in process or near completion.

All recipients will be required to complete their research within one year of the grant being awarded and to develop a research paper, to be published through the Institute. Recipients will also be asked to present their findings at The Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference.

The application deadline for each program is October 2, 2015. Recipients will be announced late October 2015.

Sanjay Saint Receives the APIC 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award

The Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) has awarded Sanjay Saint, MD, with the organization’s Distinguished Scientist Award. The award is given annually to an APIC member who has made a significant and sustained contribution to infection prevention science and who exemplifies scholarly excellence and infection prevention leadership within the scientific community. The award was presented during APIC’s 42nd Annual Conference, which was held in June in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This year we are honoring Dr. Sanjay Saint with this award for his major contributions to implementation science, infection prevention, and patient safety,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP. “His life-long dedication to enhancing patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated infections has helped advance APIC’s mission both domestically and abroad.” Dr. Saint is a national leader in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and currently serves on the leadership team of a federally funded program that aims to reduce CAUTI across the United States.

Saint is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, the director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and the chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Saint has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, with 95 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He is also the lead author of Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions, a book recently published by Oxford University Press. He has been a visiting professor at more than 50 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.


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