The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission today announced the 2011 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards will be presented on April 5, 2012 during a luncheon at the 2012 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.
In addition to the 2011 honorees selected for this year’s Eisenberg Awards, which can be found on the Joint Commission Website, the jury panel chose to recognize the extraordinary and sustained contributions to health care quality and patient safety of Dr. Jerod M. Loeb, Executive Vice President, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, in the form of an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Loeb is being recognized for his leadership in The Joint Commission’s performance measurement initiative. Since his arrival at The Joint Commission in 1994, he has played a leadership role in identifying, evaluating, and implementing performance measures across the wide variety of Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs. He is involved in a variety of national and international initiatives associated with performance measurement and patient safety, including those of the National Quality Forum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, and the World Health Organization. His work has resulted in thousands of hospitals and health care organizations realizing the importance of accurate, focused performance measurement in driving quality improvement, paving the way for federal performance measurement requirements that continue to be rolled out today. Dr. Loeb received his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology in 1977 from The State University of New York –Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology (with honors) from the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, in 1971.
Dr. Loeb’s other life passion is fire, police, and emergency medical services. In 1998, he began volunteering his time with the Buffalo Grove, IL Fire Department, and since 2005, has an official State of Illinois municipal appointment as Fire and Police Commissioner for his suburban community of 45,000 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.