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Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety

The Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety award is presented to the physician who partners with patients, families, colleagues and staff members to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm.

Anirudh Sridharan, M.D., Robert Linton, M.D., M.B.A., Jeanette Nazarian, M.D., and Suchi Saria, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Howard County General Hospital: Anirudh Sridharan, M.D., Robert Linton, M.D., M.B.A., Jeanette Nazarian, M.D., and Suchi Saria, M.Sc., Ph.D. implemented a tool, TREWScore, to help clinicians identify patients at risk for sepsis. The team compared signs and symptoms of patients who have sepsis with patients who don’t in order to improve identification and treatment of the devastating infection. As a result of this data, fewer patients are going to the emergency department and fewer are having secondary organ failure.


Danilo Escoto, M.D.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Danilo Escoto, M.D., neonatologist

Danilo Escoto led a team to critically evaluate the state of response to emergencies in the neonatal intensive care unit. He began an initiative to standardize and streamline resuscitation care to promote optimal patient outcomes by developing a team of health care professionals who receive targeted simulation training and education to respond to medical emergencies.


Francoise Marvel, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Francoise Marvel, M.D., research and clinical fellow, medicine – cardiovascular

Francoise Marvel created a mobile health care application, Corrie Health, which supports patients with post-myocardial infarction recovery by tracking their vital signs. She also created a series of articles and videos following the American Heart Association’s ABCDE points for patient education, then had TVs donated so patients can watch the videos while they recover.


Swati Phatak, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Swati Phatak, M.D., internist

Swati Phatak engaged patients, providers and clinical support staff at JHCP Greater Dundalk to improve patient outcomes for controlling hypertension. Despite serving one of the most medically complex patient populations within JHCP, all providers at Greater Dundalk exceeded the goal of having 75 percent of hypertensive patients in control — a unique distinction.


Oliver Schein, M.D., M.P.H.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Oliver Schein, M.D., M.P.H., Ophthalmologist; Vice Chair for Quality and Safety at the Wilmer Eye Institute

By evaluating complications, sentinel events and operating room processes, Oliver Schein continuously challenges Wilmer Eye Institute to improve. He reviews each case at Wilmer that had a negative outcome, such as infection following cataract surgery or return to the operating room within 30 days, and initiates approaches to prevent complications. Schein also implemented cost-saving strategies in the surgical center that saved hundreds of thousands of health care dollars.


Jennifer Abele, M.D.

Sibley Memorial Hospital: Jennifer Abele, M.D., emergency medicine physician;  interim chief medical officer and chair, Department of Emergency Medicine 

Since becoming medical director of the emergency department nine years ago, Jennifer Abele has been a trailblazing force to be reckoned with. She led the team to obtaining patient experience scores in the top percentiles, and spearheaded several projects to improve patient safety, flow and processes. Through Abele’s leadership, the ED has emerged as a top-performing and award-winning “front door” to the hospital.


Jennifer Morrison, M.D., and Rojack Tan, M.D.

Suburban Hospital: Jennifer Morrison, M.D., and Rojack Tan, M.D. , anesthesiologists

Jennifer Morrison and Rojack Tan identified the need to improve patient safety in the operating room and off-site locations. Working with their anesthesia group, Morrison and Tan created a clinical crisis checklist, which reviews common anesthesia crises and serves as an emergency reference, and provided in-service training to the department on the use of these checklists.

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