• Press Release
  • September 13, 2017

Children's Hospitals Honored by Sepsis Alliance for Innovative Work to Improve Outcomes for Pediatric Sepsis

New York, N.Y. - Nearly 50 of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) are among honorees receiving the 2017 Sepsis Hero award presented by Sepsis Alliance, a national patient advocacy group. Working together through CHA’s Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes collaborative, children’s hospitals aim to reduce the hospital-onset severe sepsis and sepsis-related mortality by 75 percent by the year 2020. Richard Brilli, MD, FAAP, MCCM, chief medical officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Charles Macias, MD, MPH, chief clinical systems integration officer at Texas Children’s Hospital and Matthew Niedner, MD, director of quality and safety, PICU, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are leading the effort. Drs. Macias and Niedner will accept the award on behalf of the hospitals and CHA.

“On behalf of the many health care professionals at children’s hospitals who are committed to challenging sepsis and changing lives, we are humbled to be recognized as a Sepsis Hero,” said Niedner. “While our collaboration to improve outcomes for children with sepsis began in 2016, clinicians and hospitals have worked independently for years to minimize the occurrence and effects of sepsis. Our collective vision and shared experiences will help accelerate the widespread adoption of evidence-based practices across multiple care settings to rapidly improve how sepsis is diagnosed and treated.”

“We greatly appreciate Sepsis Alliance’s recognition of children’s hospitals’ efforts to advance existing and innovative sepsis diagnosis and treatment,” added Macias. “The collaborative spirit so pervasive in children’s hospitals has affected large scale change before, and we will do so again.”

The work of the collaborative builds on sepsis research and earlier improvement initiatives, bringing together best practices and experts from across the country. While earlier efforts have focused on treating severe sepsis and septic shock, the collaborative is additionally focused on preventing deterioration from early sepsis to the damaging progression of the disease. 

“We are proud to recognize these children’s hospitals for their tireless and important work to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis among child patients,” said Thomas Heymann, executive director of Sepsis Alliance. “Their effort to spread best practices across multiple care settings may seem like a Herculean endeavor, however, it truly exemplifies our shared conviction that sepsis is treatable and deaths are preventable when applying quality improvement.”

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The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.