2022 Eisenberg Awards winners recognized for commitment to care quality, patient safety

Recipients of the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, which spotlight novel healthcare, were announced Jan. 24 by The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. 

The Eisenberg Awards are presented annually for individual, local and national innovation in healthcare. The 2022 recipients were selected for contributions made in the following areas: medical errors in health information technology, reduction of critical events relating to  anesthesia and postpartum care, a Joint Commission release said.

Jason S. Adelman, MD, executive director of the Center for Patient Safety Research, was awarded the Individual Achievement award for his development of the Wrong-Patient Retract-and-Reorder program, an initiative to effectively detect mistakes in patient orders in electronic health record systems. 

North American Partners in Anesthesia received the National Level Innovation recognition for patient safety and quality for its Anesthesia Risk Alerts Program. The program, first implemented in 2019 and now used by hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers across the U.S., outlines specific strategies anesthesiologists can use to identify and mitigate patient harm in five high-risk scenarios.

The Local Level Innovation honor for patient safety and quality was awarded to Dallas-based Parkland Health for its postpartum program, Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy. The program, launched in October 2020 in Dallas County, Texas, provides access to postpartum care for 12 months after delivery and benefits primarily minority women with limited access to clinical care.

The awards program honors the late John Eisenberg, MD, past Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality administrator and a founding member of the NQF's board of directors. Dr. Eisenberg was "an impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement," said Dana Gelb Safran, president and CEO of, NQF.

"His vision and dedication inspired individuals and organizations throughout healthcare to continually strive to improve the quality of care, and undoubtedly saved or dramatically improved untold numbers of lives," she said in the release.

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