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Kershner QI Award

Bernard A. Kershner champions QI innovations

AAAHC recognizes exemplary QI studies in both the surgical/procedural and primary care settings through an award program, established in 2004 by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement. The award was originally called the Innovations in Quality Improvement Award. A few years later, the AAAHC Quality Institute changed the name of the award to the Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award to honor Bernie Kershner, the first Chairman of the AAAHC Institute Board of Trustees.

Bernie founded one of the first non-physician-owned multispecialty surgery centers, and he was the first non-physician President of FASA, now known as the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Bernie Kershner had a real drive for excellence and quality. He was quoted as saying that he established procedures for his surgery centers that were “far above what could possibly be required of a health facility to raise the bar for professional competency at every single level of the organization.” We hope to communicate his passion for quality through this award program that we affectionately refer to as “The Bernies.”

Review Kershner QI Award finalists

The 2020-21 finalists were selected by our Expert Panel for their exemplary QI studies. Using the “10 Elements” format outlined in our Standards Handbook, each finalist created a poster. Winners of the Expert Panel and “People’s Choice,” as selected by voting from their peers, will be announced during the Kershner QI Award Ceremony on May 19, 2021 at 1 PM CDT. Please click here to register for this complimentary, virtual webinar event.

Below are the five finalists (two from surgical/procedural and three from primary care) for the 2020-21 program.

Surgical/Procedural

  • “Email Capture of Patient Population” submitted by Medical City Surgery Center | Las Colinas. Download study here.
  • “Medication Diversion Quality Improvement Study” submitted by Outpatient Surgical Services. Download study here.

Primary Care

  • “Immunization Error Quality Improvement Study” submitted by Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH). Download study here.
  • “Improving Training Standards for Medical Assistants in a Pediatric Primary Care Setting” submitted by Children’s Health Alliance, LLC. Download study here.
  • “Meeting the Goals of Title IX Federal Mandates for Survivors of Abuse” submitted by Health Services Portland State University. Download study here.

Special Recognition 

In addition, because the pandemic had a significant impact on our clients and the patients they serve over the past year, AAAHC is excited to bestow a special recognition award to the Winslow Indian Health Care Center for its exemplary QI study on “Prevention of Crowding During COVID-19 Pandemic.” This QI study highlights how an organization can pivot quickly, implement innovative solutions, and continue to maintain high quality care under challenging circumstances. So, although not part of our “Bernie” and “People’s Choice” categories, we bestow this special recognition award to Winslow Indian Health Center. Congratulations!  Download study here.