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2019 IAHQ Conference Highlights

IAHQ Announces 2019 Quality Award Recipients

During the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) Annual Conference’s second annual poster competition on May 7, 2018, awardees were recognized in four categories and were selected among 10 finalists. The People’s Choice Quality Award was decided by the finalists’ peers by voting during the conference.

All the awardees in the IAHQ poster competition represented an exciting range of quality and safety projects and programs that make a significant difference for their institutions and in the lives of the patients they serve. Collectively, they demonstrate that a culture of quality and safety is strong in our state. The projects highlighted in the posters this year marked a significant impact on quality and safety.

An important aspect of the poster competition is the emphasis on peer sharing and learning. And although it’s a competition, the purpose is really to foster a spirit of learning and celebration with professional colleagues for the advances they have achieved. At this year’s conference, there were some innovative approaches used, which we hope will serve as models for others’ future efforts.

IAHQ Award Categories:

President’s Quality Award

This award is provided at the discretion of the IAHQ President and highlights a major contribution to improving quality and patient safety. The award recognizes a project or program that is a major contribution to organizational excellence, clinical quality, or the broader field of quality and patient safety.

Board of Director’s Quality Award

This award represents the consensus of the IAHQ Board of Directors on the value and impact of the recipient’s project or program, which serves as a model for the quality and patient safety community.

People’s Choice Quality Award

This award represents peer recognition for significant achievement in quality improvement and patient safety. The project or program is deemed to demonstrate a strong commitment to improved health outcomes, as well as an application of improvement methods and tools to drive quality and safety in care design and care delivery processes.

Committed to Quality Award

This award represents commitment to quality through an organization’s project or program to improve quality and patient safety. The award highlights a project or program designed to address a specific quality or patient safety challenge.

The award recipients are:

IAHQ People’s Choice Award – Gold

Decrease adverse drug events (ADEs) related to hypoglycemia
AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora
Aurora

IAHQ People’s Choice Award – Silver

HPV: Cancer Free!
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
Oak Brook

IAHQ People’s Choice Award – Bronze

Joint Replacement Initiative (Submitted title: Service Line Optimization: Right Care Right Time Improves Patient Outcomes)
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System
Chicago

IAHQ Board of Directors’ Quality Award

VTE Nurse Driven SCD Protocol
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Geneva

IAHQ President’s Quality Award

UI Heart – The Service Line Story
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System
Chicago

IAHQ Committed to Quality Award

All 10 finalists in the poster competition received the IAHQ Committed to Quality Award

True Outcome Determination After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

American Heart Association

Chicago

Decrease adverse drug events (ADEs) related to hypoglycemia

AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora

Aurora

Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Care of Heart Failure Patients

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System

Chicago

UI Heart – The Service Line Story

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System

Chicago

Joint Replacement Initiative (Submitted title: Service Line Optimization: Right Care Right Time Improves Patient Outcomes)

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System

Chicago

HPV: Cancer Free!

Northwestern Medicine Physician Network

Oak Brook

VTE Nurse Driven SCD Protocol

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

Geneva

Survey: The State of National Medical and Professional Society QI Programs

The PCPI Foundation

Chicago

Implementation of a Safety Coach Program to Promote Safety & Reliability at the Sharp End

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and LaGrange
Hinsdale and LaGrange

Save the date! IAHQ Annual Conference 2020

IAHQ 2020 is set for Tuesday, April 28 & Wednesday, April 29, at the NIU Naperville Conference Center.