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Gage Awards


Through the Gage Awards, the association recognizes members for implementing successful improvement projects; spreads best practices and innovative programs to other organizations; and supports our research, policy, and advocacy work by sharing stories of members’ success with external audiences.


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Population Health

Gage Awards for population health recognize successful programs that aim to improve health outcomes for a defined population or community by addressing the social and economic factors that influence health.

Population health programs are not all alike, but key features could include:

  • working outside the walls of the hospital to improve the health of individuals living in a specified geographic area (e.g., county, city, etc.);
  • a focus on promoting equitable health outcomes for vulnerable populations;
  • using community-based resources to support population health;
  • targeting social factors (e.g., housing instability, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation);
  • creating a learning organization that is capable of rapid deployment of best practices; and
  • forming partnerships in the community to address population health.

  • Judging Criteria
Judging Criteria
  • The project was well-defined.
  • A rigorous needs assessment and a program evaluation were used.
  • The program addressed social determinants of health/upstream factors.
  • The program was accessible to patients geographically, not just those already attributed to the health care system.
  • The program seeks to reduce inequity in vulnerable populations.
  • Patients, families, or the community were engaged in the design, planning, or development of the program.
  • The program effectively used community-based resources and partnered with other community organizations.
  • At least one year of data was reported.
  • The results and baseline data demonstrated improved health outcomes.

Quality

Gage Awards for quality recognize activities that:

  • improve the quality of care delivered;
  • improve patient experience;
  • engage patients and their families; and/or
  • reduce or eliminate harmful events affecting individual patients or groups of patients.

Improvement programs may include the use of evidence-based interventions, standardized practices, bundles of care, and checklists.


  • Judging Criteria
Judging Criteria
  • The project was well-defined.
  • A form of evaluation was used.
  • Leadership was engaged in the project.
  • Front-line staff was involved in the project.
  • Patients or families were engaged in the design, planning, or development of the program.
  • At least one year of data was reported.
  • The project results demonstrated improved outcomes.
  • The project’s outcomes promoted health equity.

COVID-19 Innovations (Temporary)

Gage Awards in the COVID-19 Innovations category highlight innovative practices, projects, and programs related to the coronavirus pandemic. This temporary category captures creative solutions for the current or potential future pandemics within the hospital or in its community.

COVID-19 Innovations are not all alike, but could include data and population surveillance, testing, communications, therapeutics, vaccine development, clinical trials and research, disparities reduction, community outreach, workforce programs, mental health programs, telehealth, empowering residents, resilience planning, or supply chain modifications. This is not an exhaustive list.

America’s Essential Hospitals will not select a winner and honorable mention in this category. Instead, the association will recognize five submissions for their innovations.


  • Judging Criteria
Judging Criteria
  • The project was well-defined.
  • A form of evaluation was used.
  • Patients, families, and/or the community were engaged and involved in the project, including, but not limited to, sharing information.
  • The project uniquely addressed barriers and supported the hospital or community during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The project made progress toward improved outcomes.
  • The project’s outcomes promoted health equity.

Recognition

America’s Essential Hospitals will formally honor Gage Award recipients on June 24, and publish a news release about the recipients to coincide with this event. The association also will feature Gage Award recipients in various communications, including website articles, newsletters, and other publications.

Recipients are often called on to describe their work in other visible venues, such as on a webinar hosted by America’s Essential Hospitals or on EssentialCommunities.org, an Essential Hospitals Institute site focused on population health and social determinants.


2020

Gage Awards

Category

Population Health

Winner
Henry Ford Health System
Henry’s Groceries for Health: Home Delivery for Better Outcomes
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Honorable Mention
Temple Health
Opioid Use Disorder | A Population Health Collaboration
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Category

Quality

Winner
UI Health
Service Line Optimization for Underserved Orthopedic Population
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Honorable Mention
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Improved Access to Penicillin Allergy Testing Impacts Quality of Care
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Category

Noteworthy Projects

In addition to the winners and honorable mention projects, we identify applicants that show particular promise in improving population health or quality.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Healthy Communities are Engaged Communities
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Temple Health
Saving Safety-Net Lives
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Temple Health
EHR Implementation: Efficiency Deterioration and Recovery
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Yuma Regional Medical Center
ED Pod Process Redesign at Yuma Regional Medical Center
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