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The Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award recognizes exemplary quality improvement studies conducted by AAAHC accredited organizations.

2019-2020 finalists

Center for Specialty Surgery JV, LLC for “Total Joint Specialty Service” submitted by Tina Caster, MBA/ Deanna Williams, CST, BS/Tessa Nielsen, RN/April Hallows, RN

Spectrum Healthcare Partners, P.A. for “PACU Core Temperature Improvement” submitted by Miriam Dowling-Schmitt, MS, RN

Surgery Center of Fairfield County, LLC for “Sharps and Bio-Medical Waste Disposal at Surgery Center of Fairfield County: Improving Environmental Impact and Cost” submitted by Joyce Kaine, RN

Primary Care
Nemours Children’s Primary Care for “Increasing Measles Vaccination Rates in at Risk Populations” submitted by David Zissman, JD, MBA

Premise Health Holding Company for “Assessing for Diabetes Distress in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in a Continuity of Care (Medical Home) Clinic” submitted by Michelle Foster, DNP, RN, CDE

USCG Base Alameda Clinic for “Healthcare Literacy and Pharmacy Labeling Survey” submitted by CDR Zac Woodward


Each finalist will prepare a poster describing their study to present at our virtual September 2020 Achieving Accreditation seminar. Attendees cast ballots for their favorite and winners (both Kershner panel and “People’s Choice”) are announced during the conference.