Submissions Now Open for 2024 Kershner QI Award


Submissions Now Open for 2024 Kershner QI Award

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, has opened submissions for its 2024 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement (QI) Awards, according to a release. Named in honor of the late Bernard A. Kershner, a leader in ambulatory healthcare and distinguished past chair of the AAAHC Institute Board of Trustees, the prestigious award program recognizes improved performance for a known and measurable clinical, service, safety or operations problem or opportunity through QI.

The more than 6,700 facilities that have achieved AAAHC accreditation are eligible to submit their application for the award by 11:59 pm CT, March 31, 2024.

The AAAHC Expert Panel uses the 10 components of an effective QI study to evaluate all submissions for clarity and conciseness. Additionally, the panelists will be seeking evidence of innovative thinking, demonstrated teamwork in study design and implementation, and examples that can be used in other ambulatory healthcare settings and for other ambulatory health care issues, according to the release. This time-honored award reflects the vision of Bernie Kershner for excellence and quality and his drive to establish procedures for his surgery centers that, Kershner said, were “far above what could possibly be required of a health facility to raise the bar for professional competency at every single level of the organization.”

The past Kershner Award winners are listed on AAAHC’s website.