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  Children's National Receives the Inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award from Surgery Compass for Landmark Efficiency Program
August 26, 2010

The team from the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care
The team from the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care accepted the Excellence in Innovation Award on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at the Surgery Compass National Cohort Summit.

Washington, DC – Children’s National Medical Center’s Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care accepted the inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award for its accomplishments in surgical services on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at the Surgery Compass National Cohort Summit.

Under the direction of Kurt Newman, MD, senior vice president of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, the team competed with more than 100 hospitals to apply a business intelligence tool to markedly increase efficiency in the operating room.

“Children’s National is proud to be recognized as a leader in health information technology,” said Dr. Newman. “Our team continues to set standards in providing world-class care to all children.”

Surgery Compass is a web-based decision-support tool offered by the Advisory Board Company that analyzes physician engagement per case, and identifies ways to improve efficiency. Using this tool, experts at Children’s National created an initiative that focused on empowering surgeons and staff to look for operational efficiencies. The program yielded significant results:

  • Reduced the time between surgical cases by almost 20 percent,
  • Saved significantly on operating room budget, and
  • Minimized the number of unanticipated cancellations and delays.
“The whole team wanted to find a way to improve quality and safety and to enhance the surgery experience for patients and families,” said Rahul K. Shah, MD, medical director of Perioperative Services. “The results of the program are transformative and significantly improve the outcomes for our Center and ultimately for our patients.”

This is just another way Children’s National, through the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, works to improve pediatric surgery.

The Center for Surgical Care will present this work to members of the Surgery Compass National Cohort at 2:30 pm on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC.

Contact: Jennifer Leischer Stinebiser 202-476-4500.

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Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.