Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award

This program recognizes exemplary quality improvement studies conducted by AAAHC accredited organizations.

AAAHC accredited organization are invited to apply for the annual Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award - the Bernie - named after the first Chair of the AAAHC Institute Board of Trustees. An Institute designated Expert Panel reviews all applications against criteria based on the 10 elements of QI reflected in AAAHC Standards and names six finalists prior to the Spring Achieving Accreditation seminar.

Each finalist will prepare a poster and participants in the Spring Achieving Accreditation seminar will cast ballots for their favorite. The official winners (and the peoples’ choice winners) will be announced during the conference, and the posters will be published in the Spring issue of Triangle Times.

Get Ready for the 2017-2018 Awards

Applications for the awards can be submitted July 10 - September 22. 

More information about the terms of the awards, how the awards are determined, the application process and necessary forms to begin the process will be available on this page soon!

 

2016-2017 Award Winners

Surgical/Procedural 

Expert Panel:
The O.R. Pit Crew - A NASCAR Template for O.R. Efficiency
Robin Menefee, RN, BSN, MBA, Director
Nathalie Waite, RN, MSN, CNL
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Surgery Center Fremont

Peoples Choice:
The O.R. Pit Crew - A NASCAR Template for O.R. Efficiency
Robin Menefee, RN, BSN, MBA, Director
Nathalie Waite, RN, MSN, CNL
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Surgery Center Fremont

Primary Care

Expert Panel:
Increasing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates
Suzanne Martin, DNP, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner, QI Director, Assistant Professor (Clinical)
University of Utah

Peoples Choice:

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Condition Management in a Primary Care Setting
Kathleen McKim, RN BSH LHRM, Clinical Services Manager
Premise Health, Center for Living Well

Congratulations to the winners!

To learn more about award winning activities since 2004, order the latest AAAHC Institute Innovations Award Compendium.

Six finalists (3
from surgical/procedural settings and
3 from primary care setting) have been
selected for the 2016-2017 Bernard
A. Kershner Innovations in Quality
Improvement Award.
And the nominees are:
From surgical/procedural
organizations
The O.R. Pit Crew – A Turnover
Time and OR Efficiency Improvement
Project
submitted by: Joan Slagle, RN,
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Surgery
Center Fremont
Timeliness of Obtaining Surgical
Clearance Documentation
submitted by: D. Craig Rosfjord, RN,
PHN, BSN, Quality Improvement and
Safety Nurse
Mankato Surgery Center
Verifying Cleaning Processes for
Reusable Biopsy Valves
Phyllis Shriner, RN and Irma Haak, RN
Maryland Endoscopy Center
From primary care organizations
Improving rates of HPV vaccination
among Male College Students
Suzanne Martin, DNP, NP-C,
Nurse Practitioner, QI Director,
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
University of Utah
An Intervention to Reduce Unnecessary
TSH, HbA1c and Vitamin D Testingin
Accordance with Evidenced-Based
Guidelines within a PCMH
Danielle Smith, MSN, RN, FRE,
Health Center Manager
Premise Health: Westlake Health &
Wellness Center
A Multidisciplinary Approach to
Condition Management in a Primary
Care Setting
Kathleen McKim, RN BSH LHRM,
Clinical Services Manager
Premise Health, Center for Living Well