Pediatric Quality Award

The Pediatric Quality Award honors and spreads successful improvement initiatives that children's hospitals of every size can replicate to improve care.  

Every two years, CHA member hospitals submit their improvement projects that have made a big impact in patient safety, financial performance and hospital culture. An expert panel of peers and international health care experts selects the winners.

Timeline

The call for entries closed July 31 with 60 hospitals entering a record 110 projects.  This is a 45 percent increase in entries from 2015.

  • August: Member hospital judges panel announced
  • September: Member hospital judges review blinded entries and select semifinalists in each category
  • November: Industry judges review semifinalist entries 
  • December:  Industry judges select category winners and overall winner
  • January 2018: CHA notifies semifinalists 
  • March 5-7, 2018: Semifinalists present projects; category winners and overall winner announced at the Quality & Patient Safety Conference

All entries will be posted this fall and accessible to CHA members.

Industry judges

  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Scientific Officer – National Quality Forum
  • Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH Vice President for MOC and Quality – The American Board of Pediatrics
  • Peter Lachman, MD, MPH, MBBCH, FRCPCH, FCP (SA), FRCPI, Chief Executive Officer – International  Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)

Categories

All CHA members were eligible to enter projects demonstrating a minimum of six months of sustained improvement in one of four award categories:

  • Clinical Care
  • Delivery System Transformation
  • Patient Safety and Reduction of Harm
  • Waste Reduction/Improved Efficiency

Learn about previous award winners in this 10-minute video.

2015 Entries

Award Entry
Sustained Reduction in Length of Stay for Neonates with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
March 9, 2016

(Overall & Category Winner) This project dramatically reduced the length of stay and the usage of morphine for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) ...

Award Entry
Using Quality Improvement to Reduce Necrotizing Enterocolitis Across Hospital Systems
March 8, 2016

(Achievement Award) The project decreased the number of very low birth-weight infants diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating disease.

Award Entry
Developing Future Improvement Leaders: Experiential QI Training in Residency
March 8, 2016

(Category Winner) Developing resident quality improvement knowledge and skills promotes a framework of change, preparing providers to transform ...

Award Entry
Reducing Radiation Exposure: Pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies
March 8, 2016

(Category Winner) An interdisciplinary team reduced radiation exposure to children undergoing modified barium swallow studies without any additional ...

Award Entry
Decreasing Hospital Length of Stay for Post-Operative Adolescent Spinal Fusion Patients
March 8, 2016

(Category Winner) The pediatric intensive care unit and orthopedic group developed an efficient and effective process for the care of post-operative ...

Award Entry
Hardwiring the "3Cs Medication Safety Process"
March 7, 2016

This project evaluated the IV medication administration process and found that many errors could be prevented with improved processes and compliance.

Award Entry
PINCHED Medication Error Reduction and Electronic Reporting in the PICU: The Tip of the Iceberg
March 7, 2016

System vulnerabilities remain in the PICU despite technological advances in safe medication administration.

Award Entry
Transforming Pediatric Diabetes Care to Improve Patient Outcomes
March 7, 2016

The care process team (CPT) developed a comprehensive Diabetes Care Unit (DCU) which would provide best-in-class management and education leading to ...

Award Entry
Timelier Therapy Initiation for Pediatric Ketoacidosis Management with Iterative Improvements and Re-design of Clinical Care Delivery
March 7, 2016

This hospital-wide project uses state of the art tools and the most recent evidenced-based recommendations for pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis ...

Award Entry
Reducing Pediatric Unplanned Readmissions Utilizing a Discharge Bundle Combined With Teach-Back Methodology
March 7, 2016

This quality initiative achieved a reduction in hospital readmissions by decreasing unplanned seven-day and 30-day readmissions rates in 16 inpatient ...

Award Entry
Subacute Rehabilitation Program
March 7, 2016

The Subacute Rehabilitation Program provides the best therapy plan of care to assist families in becoming more competent in caring for their child ...

Award Entry
Using Innovation to Improve Care Across the Continuum for Children Requiring Chronic Ventilation
March 7, 2016

The Ventilator Care Program (VCP) provides quality interdisciplinary care to children with chronic respiratory failure who require long term ...

Award Entry
Respiratory Therapy and Skin Integrity
March 7, 2016

The NICU remains below the national benchmark for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs), but data analysis indicates most respiratory related ...

Award Entry
Improving Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening in Sexually Active Females
March 7, 2016

This project developed a clinical decision support tool that would notify providers if a sexually active female had not been screened in the past ...

Award Entry
Care Coordination for Medically Complex Children
March 7, 2016

This project pursues the Triple Aim for children with medical complexity by improving care through proactive care coordination and lowering cost by ...

Award Entry
Transforming a Hospital Culture to Achieve Zero Harm
March 7, 2016

In partnership with Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), the project reduced the rate of hospital acquired conditions and serious safety events by ...

Award Entry
Leveraging a Lean Management System to Reduce Harm
March 7, 2016

This project created a LEAN system to check and improve standards, communicate and support efforts daily through all tiers of the organization, make ...

Award Entry
Reduction of CAUTIs Through the use of High Reliability Principles
March 7, 2016

The project addressed the increase of CAUTIs (catheter-associated urinary tract infections) at the hospital in 2014 and the impact on patient safety.

Award Entry
Antibiotic Stewardship in Primary Care
March 7, 2016

(Semifinalist) The project increased the overall rate of narrow-spectrum antibiotic prescribing by nearly 10 percentage points and reduced annual ...

Award Entry
Situation Awareness Saves Lives
March 7, 2016

The Situation Awareness system is a means to reduce the number of non-ICU emergency transfers to the PICU and impact the number of Serious Safety ...

Award Entry
Extending Quality by Protecting the Most Vulnerable
March 7, 2016

Efforts focused on decreasing infection rates in immunosuppressed hematology and oncology patients by adopting CHA’s central line bundle.

Award Entry
Reducing Laboratory Testing on a Pediatric Hospitalist Service
March 7, 2016

(Semifinalist) Reduce unnecessary lab tests to expedite turn-around time for specimens that are more clinically pressing, allow patients ...

Award Entry
Improving Patient Experience Press Ganey Peer Group Ranking in a Large, Urban Pediatric Emergency Department
March 7, 2016

By forming an emergency department patient experience committee and implementing several initiatives, patient experience measures improved to exceed ...

Award Entry
Using Quality Improvement to Reduce Pediatric Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
March 7, 2016

A pediatric-specific CAUTI program focused on the distinct needs of pediatric patients addressed the CAUTI problem and need for a modified approach ...

Award Entry
Improving Outcomes in Preterm Infants by Cue-Based Oral Feeding in the NICU
March 7, 2016

This project decreased the number of days to full oral feeds by standardizing evidence-based practice of cue-based oral feeding in preterm infants in ...