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Internal Medicine Residency Program receives Eisenberg Award

Main Line Health April 10, 2017 News Releases

Main Line Health’s Internal Medicine Residency and Family Medicine Residency programs, as part of the I-Pass Study Group, received the prestigious 2016 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, presented annually by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF), two leading organizations that set standards in patient care. I-Pass represents more than 50 hospitals from across North America dedicated to improving patient safety by standardizing provider communication during patient handoffs to reduce miscommunication that can lead to harmful medical errors.

Main Line Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program received the award for its participation in the Transition of Care initiative, a systemwide effort to enhance patient care by improving coordination between providers and incorporating reliable, evidence based standards of care.

“The Eisenberg Award for Innovation is among the highest patient safety and quality awards in the country and we are honored to be recognized for our role in this important program,” said William Surkis, MD, internal medicine program director and vice chairman for medical education. “Our participation in developing and sustaining the proven I-PASS program demonstrates Main Line Health’s commitment to ensuring safe and high-quality transitions of care for our patients.”

I-PASS is a proven package of interventions created to reduce communication failures during patient handoffs. In a large multi-center study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, implementation of I-PASS was associated with a 30 percent reduction in medical errors that harm patients.[i] An estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors can be linked to communication failures, particularly during patient handoffs. [ii] Handoffs occur at all changes of shift and whenever a patient changes location or care providers in a hospital.

As part of the national study group, residents and hospitalists at Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital play a prominent role helping to improve and expand the I-PASS program.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.