Michael J. Skolnik Award

In recent years, CHA and Citizens for Patient Safety partnered together for the Michael J. Skolnik Award for Patient Safety, an award that recognizes individuals or teams who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and leadership in advancing the quality and safety of health care for patients across Colorado.

The award is named for Michael J. Skolnik, who died in 2004 following complications related to medical error; his mother, Patty Skolnik, is founder of Citizens for Patient Safety. Each year, the honoree was recognized at the CHA Patient Safety Leadership Congress and received a $3,000 award.

For more information, contact Patty Skolnik, founder and executive director, Citizens for Patient Safety, at 303.619.1476; or visit www.citizensforpatientsafety.org.

Lutheran Medical Center was honored at the CHA Patient Safety Leadership Congress as the 2017 recipient of the Michael J. Skolnik Award for Patient Safety for its efforts to obtain a greater than 50 percent reduction in C. difficile cases at its facility through the proper prescribing of antibiotics.

Penrose St.-Francis Health Services was honored at the CHA Patient Safety Leadership Congress as the 2016 recipient of the Michael J. Skolnik Award for Patient Safety.