IHI/NPSF Announces Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Award Recipients

Recognition of visionary and innovative health professionals motivates and inspires others to look beyond existing boundaries for solutions that support their overall safety culture.

A pioneer in the use of medical simulation and a team that introduced a hospital-wide, automated hand hygiene monitoring program have been chosen to receive the 2017 IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Awards. The awards will be conferred on September 28 at the 10th Annual IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner in Newton, Massachusetts.

This is the inaugural year for the award program, which recognizes individuals and teams who use their organization’s safety culture—or who effect culture change—in implementing extraordinary and innovative technology that is effective and sustainable.

Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, was chosen to receive the individual award for his vision and leadership in embedding simulation within the safety culture of Boston Children’s Hospital, where he serves as Anesthesia Chair in Pediatric Simulation, Director of the Simulator Program (SIMPeds), and Senior Associate in critical care medicine. Under his leadership, the medical simulation program has expanded to include a separate simulation engineering department with capabilities such as 3D printing of patient anatomy for surgical pre-planning and rapid prototyping of novel medical devices. The Boston Children’s Hospital Simulation Center allows for simulation of multiple scenarios and settings, including a child’s bedroom, allowing parents and caregivers to learn how to care for a sick or recovering child at home.

“Peter and his team are committed to weaving medical simulation into the everyday workflow of Boston Children’s culture, making it a cornerstone of our work to be a high reliability organization,” said Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Now, the use of medical simulation goes beyond training and skills development to helping prepare staff to manage adverse events —it’s a significant part of crisis resource management training.”

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