The award recognizes Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers that have continuously demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of care they provide to people with CF. This year's awardees are:
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University - Atlanta
- Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University Medical Center (Pediatric Program) - Indianapolis
- University of Michigan Health System (Pediatric Program) - Ann Arbor
- University of Iowa (Pediatric Program) - Iowa City
- Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center (Pediatric Program) - St. Louis
- Children's Hospital St. Louis (Pediatric Program) - St. Louis
- University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (Pediatric Program) - Memphis
- Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont - Burlington
- University of Virginia (Adult Program) – Charlottesville
“I am honored to present this award to so many exceptional care centers from across the country,” said Bruce C. Marshall, M.D., senior vice president for clinical affairs at the CF Foundation. “Because of the commitment of so many dedicated professionals, people with cystic fibrosis are living longer, breathing easier and achieving their dreams like never before.”
About the Awards
The Foundation instituted the Quality Care Awards in 2008. Recipients of this year's awards were chosen by the CF Foundation Center Committee from the care centers visited during fall 2013 and spring 2014. Centers that received the honor excelled at meeting the following quality improvement performance standards:
- Actively uses clinical outcomes data to identify opportunities for improvement and documents results of improvement efforts.
- Aligns improvement efforts to result in measurable improvement in important clinical outcomes.
- Consistently and actively involves patients and families in identifying, designing and/or implementing improvement efforts.
- Employs innovative strategies to improve care processes and outcomes.
- Implements system changes that result in high reliability of care processes.