Two federal hospital leaders honored by AHA

AHA News
 The AHA March 22 presented two federal hospital leaders with awards for outstanding service in the health care field at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ 2012 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.

Capt. Stephen Pachuta, Dental Corps, Commanding Officer, U.S.

Naval Hospital Yokosuka in Japan received the 2011 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence. Among other achievements, Pachuta drove the Navy’s regional military medical response and public health services in support of Operation Tomodachi after the Japan earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant accident.

Lt. Col. Timothy Kosmatka, U.S. Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland Air Force Base, TX, received the 2011 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award. As consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Family Medicine, Kosmatka helped design and implement the Air Force’s patient-centered medical homes and spearheaded the development of standardized performance assessment measures to implement pay for performance.

Kosmatka was unable to attend the ACHE event. Lt. Col. John Ginnity accepted the special achievement award on his behalf.

The award honorees “exemplify dedication to excellence and service to their country and, on behalf of the AHA, I thank them for the incredible work they do each day,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock.

Berwick receives AONE Honorary Member Award

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) recently presented its 2012 Honorary Member Award to Donald Berwick, M.D., former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator and co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston. The AHA subsidiary presented the award to Berwick on March 22 during its annual meeting in Boston.

The award recognizes a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to the health care field and supported the AONE mission through work, research or service to the health care community.

As IHI president and CEO for nearly 20 years, Berwick worked with nurses and doctors to enhance care at hundreds of hospitals across the country and led national efforts to standardize treatments, eliminate healthcare-acquired infections and improve efficiency.

He previously was clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at Harvard Medical School and a professor in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, Berwick has served as vice chair of the U.S.

Preventive Services Task Force and chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council. He also was the first “independent member” of the AHA board from 1996 to 1999.

In other AONE news, the organization’s Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research & Education recently awarded seed grants to spur research in nursing leadership development to Ann Mayo, a professor at the Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science at the University of San Diego, and Teri Wicker, director of professional practice at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, AZ.

AONE established the non-profit foundation in 2010 to further its research and educational priorities.

The foundation will begin accepting applications for 2013 awards in September. For more information, contact Sara Neuner at (312) 422-2808 or.

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