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.
Judges selected 13 semifinalists, and the overall and category winners from a record 110 entries submitted by 60 hospitals in four categories. CHA honored the semifinalists and announced the winners on March 6 during the 2018 Quality & Safety Conference.
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Yale New Haven team with CHA's Mimi Safer (second from right).
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital named overall winner
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital received CHA's top quality improvement award for a four-year project to improve serious safety event (SSE) reporting, recognition and interventions that would decrease the SSE rate to zero. The hospital also saw an 852 percent increase in event reporting, and avoided $3 million in SSEs-related health care costs. Yale New Haven's project won the delivery system transformation category as well as the overall award.
Reducing Serious Safety Events in a Children's Hospital
For the first time, judges named two hospitals as category winners, distinguished by their areas of focus: primary care and sub-specialty care.
Primary Care Award
Quality Improvement in Primary Care: Reducing Emergency Department Visits in Children with Asthma
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Outcomes over six years: 24 percent drop in asthma-related ED visits and $5.2 million reduction in ED costs.
Specialty Care Award
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn.
Outcomes over two years: 89 percent of targeted patient population received antibiotics within 60 minutes, an increase of 59 percent.
Patient safety and reduction of harm
Getting To Zero: Eliminating Unplanned Extubations in the PICU
Ochsner Hospital for Children, New Orleans, La.
Outcomes over two years: 43 fewer unnecessary hospital days and $240,000 savings.
Waste reduction/improved efficiency
Reducing Waste of Isoproterenol, a High Cost Medication, Across Multiple Hospital Settings
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
Outcomes over two years: $1.2 million in drug spend savings and $1.4 million annual waste cost reduction.