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NICHQ Announces Recipient of the 2009 Bergman Award

March 2009

 The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Bestows Dr. Paul Kurtin MD, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Director, Sadler Center of Rady Children’s Hospital, with the 2009 Bergman Award

Award Given at NICHQ’s 8th Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare, along with Faculty and Family Leader Awards

Cambridge, MA, March 18, 2009 – Last week at the 8th Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare, which brought together healthcare professionals of all disciplines to improve children’s healthcare quality, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) honored Dr. Paul Kurtin MD, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and the Director of the Sadler Center for Quality at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA with the 2009 Bergman Award, which recognizes individuals whose work has substantially improved the quality of care for children in the United States. In addition, NICHQ honored the winners of the Faculty Achievement Award and the Family Leader Achievement Awards.

Dr. Kurtin was chosen to receive the Bergman Award for his children’s healthcare quality work.   At Rady Children’s Hospital, Dr. Kurtin is responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of health services for children.  He was also the founding medical director of the Child Health Accountability Initiative, a national collaborative of children’s hospitals working together to improve care for hospitalized children with special healthcare needs.  In addition, Dr. Kurtin is leading a statewide community of practice of all 22 regional neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in California designed to improve care for hospitalized newborns, as well as working with the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative to reduce hospital acquired infections in 19 community level NICUs.

The NICHQ Bergman Award is named in honor of David A. Bergman MD who serves as a NICHQ Board Member and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bergman has been a longtime innovator in developing, testing and applying novel approaches to making the healthcare system more responsive to the needs of children and their families. 

“Dr. Kurtin has worked tirelessly throughout his career to advance the quality and safety of healthcare for children.  Thousands of children have benefited from his outstanding contributions.  We are very pleased to commend him on his hard work with the receipt of the Bergman Award,” stated NICHQ CEO, Charles Homer MD, MPH.  “We also salute the winners of the Faculty Achievement Award and the Family Leader Achievement Awardsl  Collectively they have a remarkable breath of achievement on behalf of children’s healthcare quality.  ”

 NICHQ also presented the Faculty Achievement Award, honoring outstanding commitment to improving children’s healthcare quality through teaching.  The 2009 winner is Dr. Daniel Hyman MD, MMM, Chief Quality Officer at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. He was previously the Chief Children’s Quality Officer and the Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Prior, he spent 13 years in general pediatric practice in the Philadelphia area and during that time also served as Medical Director for the PHO at Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Hyman has worked with NICHQ in numerous roles, including serving on the Strategic Policy and Advisory Committee, as well as moderating the NICHQ listserve and teaching as a faculty member in various improvement collaboratives.  He also serves on the Child Health Quality Council for NACHRI and on the Steering Committee for the Quality and Safety Leaders Forum for CHCA.

 Reflecting NICHQ’s longstanding commitment to the engagement of families in the leading quality improvement, the Family Leader Achievement Award honored family leaders working with NICHQ to provide perspective and suggestions for accommodating family involvement in the healthcare system.  The 2009 winners included:

Virginia “Ginnie” Miller BA, who brings over 28 years of experience dealing with children with special needs, first as a teacher in MA and more recently as a parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy.  She was instrumental in developing Children’s Mercy’s Family Advisory Bards in 2003 and served as its parent chair for over two years.  She works as Children’s Mercy’s Family Advisory Boards’ first Family Centered Care Coordinator.  In addition, she has presented posters and workshops for NACHRI, IFFCC, CHCA and IHI and is active with the Family Leaders of NICHQ.

Karen Bergan is the founding parent leader and inaugural chair of the Family Advisory Council at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York-Presbyterian. She is currently a member of her hospital's Quality and Patient Safety Council. She also founded the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) listserv in 2006 along with her parent colleague, Joy Bennett of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The listserv now has over 350 members, representing patient and family advisory councils all over the world. In addition, she co-leads NICHQ's Family Leaders group, which advises NICHQ on expanding parent involvement in Forum planning. A strong advocate for parent and family involvement in all aspects of healthcare delivery, she is currently interested in developing research strategies on how parent involvement in children's hospitals can improve quality and outcomes. 

Christy Blakely is currently the coordinator for Family Voices in CO.  The Family Voices Chapter advocates on behalf of Children with Special Health Care Needs throughout the state.  Over the past three years, Blakely has contributed to NICHQ’s Parent Partnership model through several Learning Collaboratives including serving as faculty co-chair of NICHQ’s second national medical home learning collaborative. Blakely worked as a Parent Advocate at Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, from July 1998-August 2000, through a grant funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program administered by the Center for Health Care Strategies. The parent advocate position was unique in placing the parent of a child with a disability within Medicaid.  Blakely’s other positions include: JFK Partners working on Project Participate, a grant to bring about inclusion for children with significant disabilities through the use of assistive technology and Assistive Technology Lab at Easter Seal Colorado under the Assistive Technology Project. Blakely has a Master’s of Science in Special Education and has taught special education.  Blakely is also a parent of a young adult with significant disabilities.  Over the years, Blakely has teamed with insurance companies, doctors, schools, advocates, professionals, therapists, hospital staff, and state agencies to improve policies and practices on behalf of children with disabilities.  She has learned and shared her learning in assistive technology, service systems, insurance, policy, law and most importantly resources and funding with many people around the State of CO and the US. 

For additional information on NICHQ, the Forum or the awards, contact or 617.301.4900. 

About National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Founded in 1999, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving its vision — a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need.  Led by experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ‘s mission is to improve children’s healthcare by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare.


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