Children's Recognized for Improving the Quality of Healthcare

Qualis Health presented Children’s Hospital with the 2005 Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality during its annual Transformational Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare conference.


Qualis Health presented Children’s Hospital with the 2005 Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality during its annual Transformational Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare conference.

Children’s received the award for measurable improvements made in the Parenteral Nutrition (PN) program. While PN programs are used by hospitals to coordinate complex prescription orders, they are often associated with incidences of medication error.

Children’s applied a performance improvement methodology designed to increase staff productivity. The result was a standardized and improved PN ordering system designed to reduce the risk for medication errors.

The 2005 Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality was given to five health care organizations that demonstrated innovation in achieving measurable improvements in healthcare quality.

Winners were selected by an independent panel based on objective measurement of clinical outcomes and improvement data over the previous year.

“The accomplishments achieved by these organizations were meaningful and important to patients,” said Jonathan Sugarman MD, MPH, president and CEO of Qualis Health, who presented the awards.

“The improvements required considerable effort, a collective and sustained commitment to change and the vision to collaborate around a shared goal. Qualis Health is pleased to recognize these organizations for achieving measurable change and impacting the health of the communities they serve.”

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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