LifePoint Health has been recognized as 2017 recipient of the prestegous John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level. Awarded annually by the National Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, the Eisenberg Award honors health organizations that achieve high levels of accomplishments in healthcare quality and patient safety.
Duke LifePoint Healthcare owns and operates Sanford’s Central Carolina Hospital as a joint venture between LifePoint Health and Duke University Health System, and both organizations played a significant role in receiving the Eisenberg Award. LifePoint Health’s accomplishment was a recognition of the organization’s innovative National Quality Program, a collaborative process-driven effort designed specifically to ensure consistent high standards of quality and patient safety throughout the group’s affiliated hospitals. As a result of implementing the process, facilities across the LifePoint network achieved an aggregate patient safety improvement of over 60 percent.
Chairman & CEO of LifePoint Health Bill Carpenter notes, “Receiving the John M. Eisenberg Award is an honor and one of the proudest moments of our company. Since our company was founded, we committed ourselves to always putting quality and patient safety first. We, along with our partners at Duke, created the LifePoint National Quality Program as a way to institutionalize and ensure this undisputed top priority and way of life across our system. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated employees, physicians and leaders across the nation.”
The Eisenberg Awards were initiated in 2002 to honor the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Each year, Eisenberg Awards honor those making strides in innovating patient safety and quality at the individual level, local level and national level.