PSQH Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards PSQH is seeking to spotlight the best healthcare quality innovation case studies. By imparting their in-the-trenches experiences and lessons learned, the chosen case studies will shed light on an issue, practice, or principle that affects stakeholders across the modern medical staff landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned educator in search of a broader platform to share your expertise or a yet-to-present professional with big ideas, read on for the ultimate opportunity.


Submissions Closed


Embrace the Spotlight The 2024 PSQH Contest Committee will select a winning case study to feature in an upcoming issue along with several honorable mentions. If your case study is selected, you’ll not only get the opportunity to bolster your professional portfolio, highlight your organization’s top-notch processes, and lead an important industry conversation, you’ll also provide your peers with inspiration and the impetus to improve their own processes. Winner will receive:

    • Press coverage on PSQH website and eNewsletter
    • Press release distribution
    • Social mentions
    • Physical award to display at your facility
    • Mention during Patient Safety Awareness Week
    • Callout at Patient Safety NOW Online Summit


Application Requirements & Criteria The 2024 PSQH Contest Committee, in conjunction with the PSQH administrative team, will select one case study to highlight PSQH website and in the eNewsletter. The winning proposal will showcase a creative solution that the presenter(s) have helped implement at their organization. This change can have occurred at any time if it reflects current industry standards and continues to benefit the organization. The winning presentation will elegantly address the following subjects:

  • A specific (and widely relatable) challenge or objective that sparked a meaningful change in a key patient safety or quality improvement process
  • The steps that the involved parties took to conceive, develop, and implement their solution, including any hurdles they overcame along the way
  • The takeaways for the broader professional community


Potential case study subjects include the following. Original ideas are also welcome:

  • Patient safety improvement
  • Quality improvement
  • Medication safety
  • Infection prevention
  • Reduction/elimination of “never events”
  • Improving readmission rates
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Innovative approaches to addressing tricky regulations and accreditation standards


Key Considerations Use the following questions to guide your responses on the 2024 PSQH Innovation Awards Competition Application and, by extension, help the 2024 PSQH Contest Committee understand why your case study merits selection:

  • What specific challenge or objective inspired action?
  • What was the proposed solution, and what was the rationale for its implementation?
  • Who was involved in development and execution, and what role did each participant play?
  • What were the key steps in implementation?
  • What were the important effects of the solution?
  • Did the involved parties encounter any challenges in developing or implementing the solution? If so, how did they address those obstacles?
  • Has the nature and/or impact of the solution evolved over time? For example, have involved parties reworked their initial vision or approach? Has the number of participants increased?
  • What can the broader professional community take away from your experience? In other words, why should readers care about your journey?
  • Do you have supporting materials that demonstrate your workflow changes and successes?

While ancillary materials aren’t a required application component, they tremendously improve the Contest Committee’s ability to understand the merit of your proposed case study.



Deadline to submit is closed.


The applicant whose proposed presentation has been selected will receive notice in February 2024 and be featured in an article and related activities during Patient Safety Awareness Week in March 2024. Applicants are welcome to submit more than one case study idea but must fill out a separate form for each proposal. We look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like more information, please email PSQH Editor-in-Chief Jay Kumar at



A Look Back at Previous Winners


2024 Winner

 Holy Redeemer Hospital


Holy Redeemer Hospital Improves Patient Outcomes with Antimicrobial Stewardship 


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2023 Winner

Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital


Processes to Reverse HAI Trend


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2022 Winner

 SCL Health


SLC Health Improves Process for Prone Positioning of COVID-19 Patients 


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2021 Winner

Jefferson Healthcare


Jefferson Healthcare Revamped Infection Control Processes After COVID-19 Hit


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2020 Winner

Cleveland Clinic Medina


Cleveland Clinic Develops Algorithm to Power Early Warning System


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2019 Winner

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center


Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Transforms Orthopedic Care Processes


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