ABMS Names Nationwide Children’s Hospital as Recipient of its First-Ever Quality Improvement Award

On September 25, 2018

Inaugural award honors outstanding achievement in patient care quality, safety, outcomes, and experiences

CHICAGO – September 25, 2018 – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States, has awarded Nationwide Children’s Hospital its first-ever ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) Outstanding Achievement in Quality Improvement Award.

The award, announced at ABMS Conference 2018, was established to recognize the exemplary efforts and activities of Portfolio Program Sponsors that are working to improve patient care quality, safety, outcomes, and experiences. The organizations recognized will have demonstrated leadership and innovation in quality improvement (QI) planning, implementation, and the ability to spread and sustain QI effort improvement and outcomes in their organization.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital was selected because of QI excellence it demonstrated for its efforts to Reduce Adverse Drug Events (ADEs).

The project is a collaboration of 30 physicians and nearly 70 additional health care professionals, QI staff, and managers from multiple clinical and administrative departments. Through its extensive quality work, ADEs decreased by 85 percent, the organization realized a cost savings of over $3 million, and the project has been spread to all inpatient units and many of their outpatient clinics. Additionally, this work has precipitated several spin-off QI initiatives, has been shared with the 130 children’s hospitals that are members of the Solution for Patient Safety National Network, and has been published in peer-reviewed publications.

“We are pleased to honor Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the first recipient of the ABMS Portfolio Program Outstanding Achievement in Quality Improvement Award,” stated ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer Richard E. Hawkins, MD. “Working with organizations like Nationwide Children’s Hospital illustrates how the ABMS Boards Community, in partnership with a wide range of health care organizations, can impact patient safety and practice improvement.”

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