Pediatric Quality Award

Pediatric nurse with patient

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.

2017 Award

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
View press release.

Yale New Haven award winners with Mimi Safer
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 Protected content icon
Summary (PDF)
Conference presentation


2017 PQA Winners Group

Category winners

Clinical care
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 Protected content icon
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.
Summary (PDF)
Conference presentation

Specialty Care Award
Code Yellow Protected content icon
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.
Summary (PDF)
Conference presentation

Patient safety and reduction of harm
Getting To Zero: Eliminating Unplanned Extubations in the PICU Protected content icon
Ochsner Hospital for Children, New Orleans, La. 
Outcomes over two years: 43 fewer unnecessary hospital days and $240,000 savings. 
Summary (PDF)
Conference presentation

Waste reduction/improved efficiency
Reducing Waste of Isoproterenol, a High Cost Medication, Across Multiple Hospital Settings Protected content icon
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. 
Summary (PDF)
Conference presentation



2017 Judges

Judging this year's entries are pediatric quality experts from children's hospitals and allied organizations including the American Board of Medical Specialties Research and Education, American Board of Pediatrics, and the International Society for Quality in Health Care.