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LifePoint Health Receives Prestigious John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety

LifePoint Health received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level on Tuesday at the National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The company received the honor for its National Quality Program, which was created in partnership with Duke University Health System. The program has led to significant enhancements across the LifePoint network, including a more than 60 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety.

LifePoint Health, a member of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), is the first investor-owned health system to earn an Eisenberg Award.

“Receiving the John M. Eisenberg Award is an honor and one of the proudest moments of our company,” said Bill Carpenter, chairman and chief executive officer of LifePoint Health. “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.”

“I want to applaud Bill Carpenter and the team at LifePoint Health for earning this honor and being leaders in area of patient safety. The National Quality Program they created is proof of what can happen when a company brings its resources to bear to focus on what matters most – quality, patient-centered care,” said Chip Kahn, President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals.

The LifePoint National Quality Program is a data-driven program implemented in LifePoint’s facilities across the nation. Rooted in patient-centeredness, the program is focused on leadership that empowers people, proven systems of performance improvement, and a culture of safety. This initiative has helped create a highly reliable culture of safety and drive enhancements across the LifePoint system, including a 62 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety compared to the company’s 2010 baseline and 12 months of zero central-line infections at 73 percent of its hospitals. Additionally, from 2010 to 2017, hospital-acquired infections at LifePoint hospitals’ decreased by 78 percent for urinary tract infections, 58 percent for sepsis infection, and 73 percent for pneumonia.

“The LifePoint National Quality Program has established at the hospital and system level an ongoing, measurable approach to driving sustainable improvements in patient safety, quality and patient experience,” said Rusty Holman, MD, chief medical officer for LifePoint Health. “Because of the diverse hospitals within the LifePoint system, this program offers many lessons for how healthcare facilities of all types and sizes serving a variety of patient populations can operationalize quality, create a national learning laboratory, and engineer a sustainable culture of safety.” 

The Eisenberg Awards, launched in 2002, honor the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). An impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement, Eisenberg was a member of NQF’s founding board of directors, chaired the federal government’s Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force and personally led AHRQ’s grant program to support patient safety research. Each year, Eisenberg Awards honor those making strides in innovating patient safety and quality at the individual level, local level and national level.

For more information, including reaction to LifePoint’s honor from other leaders in the medical community, please click here.