NAHQ announces annual award winners

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) honored several people in September for their efforts to improve quality and safety in healthcare. Among the award winners was Cynthia Barnard, MBA, CPHQ, director of quality strategies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, who was given the first ever President's Award for volunteer activities above and beyond traditional duties. Barnard has chaired the internal task group for Ensuring Integrity of Practice in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety, organized survey research, managed meetings of partnerships and served as one of NAHQ's key voices.

Other awards presented included the Luc R. Pelletier Healthcare Quality Award for developing an outstanding performance improvement program. Winner Kathleen Masiulis won for her Provider Initiated Pay for Performance Program that uses quality metrics to allocate at-risk funds among the network's 10 hospitals.

NAHQ fellowships were awarded to Norma Torres Delgado, MHSA, CPHQ, FNAHQ, the associate chief executive officer at San Lucas Hospital in Puerto Rico and Marsha Moxley, MA, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, vice president, Clinical Quality at TeamTSI, Inc. Delgado hosts a healthcare quality radio show, volunteers to help others with surveying and quality improvement, and is a mentor for many local healthcare organizations. Moxley instructs CPHQ review courses, coaches, and speaks nationally on quality topics.

The Gold Award for Association Excellence recognizes a state affiliate that supports and advances the activities of NAHQ. It was given this year to the Florida Association for Healthcare Quality (FAHQ), which has had strong membership growth since 2008, increased educational offerings with higher attendance, promoted Healthcare Quality Week (HQW), generated media activity around the state conference and HQW and produces a quality newsletter sent to more than 600 healthcare community members on quality issues and initiatives.

The Silver Award for Association Excellence went to the Mississippi association, and NAHQ gave the Bronze Award to the Virginia association. The Texas state association won the Association Education Program Award, and Connecticut received honors for its website and newsletter.