Jonathan Perlin from Hospital Corporation of America Honored by NPSF
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
ORLANDO, FL, May 18, 2010 – The National Patient Safety Foundation today awarded the 2010 NPSF Chairman’s Medal to Jonathan B. Perlin, President, Clinical Services, and Chief Medical Officer at the Hospital Corporation of America.
The NPSF Chairman’s Medal is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an ability to inspire, lead change for safer health care, and create a culture of respect, learning and positive team dynamics – all while delivering meaningful and measureable results.
With strategic vision, Dr. Perlin epitomizes effective and inspirational leadership in improving patient safety. His efforts to create system-level change at the Hospital Corporation of America have resulted in significant successes – most notably his work to accelerate eradication of healthcare-associated infections and orchestrate HCA teams to reduce the prevalence of healthcare-acquired influenza. Under Dr. Perlin’s direction, HCA developed the HCA MRSA “ABC” Campaign, an education and awareness-building movement deployed nationally through all HCA facilities in an effort to reduce MRSA infections. Since its launch, the program has produced outstanding results, including a 35 percent decrease in HA-MRSA central-line-related blood stream infections and a 52 percent decrease in ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Dr. Perlin also spearheaded a bold, comprehensive strategy to prevent patients from contracting influenza by directing HCA’s institutions into a mandatory program requiring flu vaccination or masks in patient care areas for all healthcare workers. As a leader in the mandatory vaccination movement, this step set an unprecedented standard for patient and hospital-worker safety.
Dr. Perlin uses forward-thinking vision, tireless advocacy, and an outstanding ability to foster collaboration and teamwork to bring together many talented professionals and motivate them to work jointly toward a common goal, and the results under his leadership have been extraordinary. “Because of Jonathan Perlin, patients benefit from an ever-increasing standard for safety, and HCA employees are recognized as a nationwide team that prevents avoidable harm,” said Diane Pinakiewicz, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation. “It is a true honor to present Dr. Perlin with the 2010 NPSF Chairman’s Medal.”
With a remarkable career rich with accomplishments, Dr. Perlin is recognized as one of the 10 most influential physician executives in the US by Modern Healthcare. Prior to joining HCA, Dr. Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served on boards and commissions for the National Quality Forum, the Joint Commission, the National eHealth Collaborative, and chairs the HHS Health IT Standards Committee.
“This honor is testament to the employees of HCA who recognize that they are empowered to make our healthcare system the safest in the country,” said Dr. Perlin. “Ninety-seven percent of our employees were vaccinated against influenza, 3 percent wore masks, and 100 percent are committed to the very best in patient safety. Each day, HCA employees demonstrate leadership and responsibility in protecting and improving the health of our patients. They can take pride in knowing they are at the vanguard of patient safety. I also want to acknowledge and thank HCA Chairman and CEO, Richard Bracken and our Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Englebright, for their commitment to quality and safety.”
The NPSF Chairman’s Medal was presented to Dr. Perlin at the 2010 NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, FL.