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Kershner QI Award

Bernard A. Kershner champions QI innovation

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 2021-22 Kershner QI Award winners and finalists

The 2021-22 winners and finalists were selected by our Expert Panel for their exemplary QI studies. Using the 10 components of a QI study, each finalist created a poster.

Surgical/Procedural Winner

  • “Prevention of Endophthalmitis” submitted by The Knoxville Ophthalmology ASC, LLC Review poster here

Surgical/Procedural People’s Choice

  • “Quality Improvement Study: Clinical Record Compliance Utilizing Preoperative-OR Handoff” submitted by New York Center for Ambulatory Surgery Review poster here

Surgical/Procedural Finalist

  • “Reducing N95 Mask Reprocessing Discard Rate” submitted by Humble Kingwood Endoscopy Center Review poster here

Primary Care Winner

  • “Towards a Culture of Best Practice Antibiotic Stewardship: Treatment of Acute Bronchitis” submitted by University Health Services, University of Oregon Review poster here

Primary Care People’s Choice

  • “Improving Quality Care Gap Closure Rates in the Primary Care Setting” submitted by Springfield Clinic Review poster here

Primary Care Finalist

  • “Telehealth Documentation of Patient Location” submitted by Boynton Health Review poster here

Kershner QI Award Winners

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.