Call for Entries Now Open for 2022 Safety & Quality Award Program!

April 11, 2022

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is proud to have hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award for the past 20 years. The Award program is one of the unique ways in which HCIF promotes and disseminates best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region. At HCIF, we are committed to supporting a healthcare system that is just, equitable, and high quality. This year, we are expanding our call for submissions and invite improvement teams to submit their most innovative patient safety and quality improvement initiatives that seek to embed patient and family engagement and/or health equity (e.g., focused on underserved communities; addressed healthcare disparities in our health system; etc). Additionally, we continue to welcome initiatives that pertain to COVID-19 response and workforce wellness.

Organizations that contribute to HCIF’s Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) program — whether freestanding or within a multi-entity system — are eligible to submit up to 4 entries for projects undertaken at each site. In addition, a healthcare system may submit up to 4 entries for system-wide projects that span multiple sites. All entries will be submitted via a web-based platform (linked here) and will be judged on specific criteria, outlined on page two of the linked PDF found below. We are again inviting clinical, quality/safety, and administrative leaders from regional healthcare organizations to serve as judges and participate in the initial review of award entries in Summer 2022. Entries must be submitted online by May 27, 2022.

Please click here for further details. If you have any questions about this year’s award process, please contact Cassidy Tarullo,

Congratulations to HCIF’s 2019 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award Winners

November 20, 2019

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) has hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award for the past seventeen years. This program is one of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region.

The top 10 winners for this year’s award program demonstrated fulfillment of the award’s evaluation criteria, which includes significant and sustained improvement in quality or patient safety; innovation; leadership and organizational commitment to improvement; a multidisciplinary approach; and the potential for replication in other healthcare organizations.

We are pleased to announce:

Please click here to watch the videos for these three winning initiatives.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Team with HCIF President

Pictured:  Gretchen Diemer, MD, Kate Flynn, Rebecca Jaffe, MD, Carol Kelly

Temple University Hospital Team with HCIF President

Pictured: Jonathan Shinefeld, Kate Flynn, Steve Carson, Tony Reed, Henry Pitt, MD

Main Line Health Team with HCIF President

Pictured:  Mark Angelo, MD, Brian Duke, Neal Shah, Joyce Holmwood, Joseph Gobern, MD, Sean Rowland, Jack Lynch, Lan Nguyen, Kate Flynn, Ronald Romano, Pat Ross, MD, Shelly Buck, James Paradis

The following entries placed in the top ten:

Albert Einstein Medical Center
A Multi-Faceted and Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Cesarean Section

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Improving Turning Compliance and Reduction of Pressure Injuries

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Improving Outcomes in Patients with Severe Radiation-Induced Dysphagia

Main Line Health
Implementing a Multifaceted Blood Product Management Program

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Center for Emergency Engagement: The Evolution of a Peer-Led Model

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Reducing the Number of Missed Doses for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis

University of Pennsylvania Health System
A System-Wide, Data-Driven Initiative to Improve Opioid Stewardship