• Press Release
  • October 15, 2013

International Health Care Experts Honor Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Reducing Patient Stays and Freeing Up Critical Bed Space for Waiting Children

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Through an aggressive improvement initiative, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ensured medically ready patients leave the hospital more quickly, freeing up critical bed space for waiting patients. International health care experts have named Cincinnati Children’s the 2013 Pediatric Quality Award Overall Winner.

The annual award is given by the Children’s Hospital Association for exceptional clinical and business improvements in children’s hospitals that are making a significant impact on health care for sick children. This project was selected from more than 85 entries. Cincinnati Children’s — also named the Waste Reduction Category Winner — decreased patient length of stay by having physicians prioritize their patient rounds for children who are medically ready for discharge and redesigning its pharmacy to manage prescriptions more efficiently.

“Children’s hospitals have an incredible responsibility to our pediatric patients and their families. We never stop working to improve every facet of care for these sick children. This year’s winner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, exemplifies the spirit of improvement to provide exceptional care for those we serve,” said Mark Wietcha, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association.

Three other children’s hospitals were named category winners and award finalists for their improvement work:

Organizational Transformation Category Winner: Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, Washington)
“Transforming Patient Care Through Clinical Standard Work”

Patient Safety and Reduction of Harm Category Winner: Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
“Clinically Significant and Sustained Reduction in Preventable Harm and Hospital Mortality”

Clinical Care Category Winner: Duke Children’s Hospital (Durham, North Carolina)
“Targeted Interventions Improve Shared Agreement of Daily Goals in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit”


About Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for cancer and in the top 10 for nine of 10 pediatric specialties. A non-profit organization, Cincinnati Children’s is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org.

About the Children's Hospital Association

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.