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Call for Award Nominations

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? The Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is seeking to honor programs that can serve as models for other healthcare organizations working to embed palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of care settings.

The Circle of Life Awards recognize models that improve access and care delivery for palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. Top honors will go to up to three programs or organizations.

Learn more about this award from past honorees and by visiting the Circle of Life Award website.

Applications for the 2018 award are due August 14, 2017, and are now available at www.aha.org/circleoflife. For any questions, please contact circleoflife@aha.org.

Family-Centered Care Award

The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, received this year’s Family-Centered Care Innovation Award in recognition for the unit’s novel methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families.

For the past four years, this multidisciplinary team of neurointensivists, surgeons, nurses, advanced practice providers, social workers, business associates, research staff, and clinician trainees has developed and rigorously tested an evolving family-centered service model for providing care to patients and their families.

The team implemented this service-model in two phases: The first phase promoted more frequent and direct communication between NICU staff and patient families by encouraging family members to attend daily morning intensive care unit (ICU) work rounds. The second phase focused on communicating with families during scheduled, advertised afternoon “family rounds” and providing emotional support to families of comfort measures only (CMO) patients with “memory box” care packages.

As part of the Society’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)-ICU Collaborative, the Yale-New Haven Hospital NICU has formed a new Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The PFAC has been meeting and making recommendations to prioritize where the NICU team can improve upon its family-centered care model for the next phase, specifically looking at how to reach those families whose needs may not have been addressed because they were unable to attend prespecified rounding times.

“We are looking forward to the PFAC pointing us in new, effective directions,” said NICU team member David Y. Hwang, MD. “We have already gotten great ideas from our new council for plans for potential projects related to managing family expectations regarding ICU alarms, facilitating communication among family members for the same patient, and improving transitions of care from the NICU to the floor.”

It is time again to nominate a unit or program for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Family-Centered Care Innovation Award. If you know a unit or program that demonstrates novel, effective methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards
The Society offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive complimentary registration to the 47th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2017.

Honoring Two Legends

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to read about the 2017 winners of the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Investigator Award: Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM, and Gordon R. Bernard, MD, respectively.

Dr. Kochanek was honored for his contributions to the understanding of traumatic and ischemic brain injury in the field of critical care, among a myriad of other accomplishments. Dr. Bernard was honored for his many research contributions, including those related to improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Please note that the Society of Critical Care Medicine offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Visit www.sccm.org/awards to learn more.

Apply for Awards

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive complimentary registration to the 47th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2017.

Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award – Recognize an SCCM member who has advanced multiprofessional quality care at the regional or local level through exceptional leadership contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of chapters or affiliates.

Grenvik Family Award for Ethics – Acknowledge an SCCM member who has made significant contributions toward addressing ethical problems in critical care.

Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence – Recognize an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice, education and/or administration in the field of critical care.

Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management – Nominate an SCCM member who has made significant contributions to the design and/or implementation of evidence-based practices that have improved clinical, operational or fiscal outcomes.

Family-Centered Care Innovation Award – Commend an ICU team that has succeeded in instituting a novel approach to compassionate care and has a desire to share that innovation with other teams.

Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – Recognize an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

ICU Heroes Award – Acknowledge a heroic ICU patient, their respective family members and the multiprofessional ICU team that delivered the care.

Safar Global Partner Award – Recognize individuals and/or institutions making material contributions to SCCM’s achievement of its international strategic priorities.

ICU Design Citation Applications Due August 15
Submit your application for the ICU Design Citation, which is co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health. The award recognizes an operating critical care unit designed with attention to both functional and humanitarian issues.

Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are blindly reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to promote a healing environment
  • Safety, security and efficiency of the unit
  • Innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with two plaques. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2016.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2016.

2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards

The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards are presented to physicians, licensed and practicing in the United States, to recognize and support excellence in care near the end of life. To date, 28 of the nation’s leading physicians have received this prestigious award.

You are encouraged to nominate a deserving physician for the 2016 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. Nominations for 2016 are due by December 31, 2015.

Information about the award and the nomination process can be found at http://physicianawards.org/.

ICU Design Citation Award Applications Due August 15

The deadline to submit an application for the 2015 ICU Design Citation award is Saturday, August 15, 2015. Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process.

Cosponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit already in operation that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are reviewed in a blinded fashion and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit will be notified in November 2015 and receives a plaque and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN.

THRIVE Innovation Award Application Deadline Extended to September 8

The THRIVE Innovation Award application deadline has been extended to September 8, 2015. This award recognizes an individual, team or center for innovation in partnership that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, to optimize recovery through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care and/or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

Apply for the THRIVE Innovation Award

If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to apply for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) THRIVE Innovation Award.

This award recognizes an individual, team or center for innovation that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, with the goal of optimizing recovery. This may be through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care, or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016. If you have any questions regarding this award or the application process, please contact SCCM staff partner Adair Andrews at aandrews@sccm.org.

SCCM Unveils Recognition for Global Partners

The Safar Global Partner Award, sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), is presented annually to up to three individuals or institutions that expand the impact of SCCM’s mission around the globe.

The award is named for former SCCM President Peter Safar, who in 1974 predicted the rising influence of SCCM when he wrote, “We shall become a truly international society whose members are proud of being world citizens.”

The Safar Global Partner Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions making material contributions to SCCM’s achievement of its international strategic priorities. Nominees may be from anywhere in the world, including the United States.

The Society’s current strategic priorities are:

  • Increase distribution of the Fundamentals programs (i.e., Fundamental Critical Care Support [FCCS], Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support, Fundamental Disaster Management) in Latin America, Asia (with a focus on China) and the Middle East/Northern Africa (MENA).
  • Produce and distribute the FCCS tropical diseases supplement.
  • Prepare and administer an international critical care knowledge assessment examination through partnerships with local critical care organizations.
  • Combine the domestic and international review course programs into a single, flexible program that meets local needs.
  • Explore opportunities to pilot projects that customize SCCM program materials for specific markets and/or make programs available for wholesale distribution through a local publisher/provider.
  • Implement the project, Sepsis in Resource-Limited Regions.

Nominations may be made via a letter that addresses the selection criteria.  SCCM members and staff are eligible to make nominations, which are due August 1, 2015.

Apply for the ICU Design Citation Award

Applications for the 2015 ICU Design Citation award are now being accepted. Co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, this award honors a critical care unit already in operation that combines functional design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care.

Entries are reviewed in a blinded fashion and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment and promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to an innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

The award is given to the unit that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The patient bedside area, overall unit design, integration of technology, staff/support areas, and family/waiting areas also are assessed.

The winning unit receives two plaques and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of SCCM and AACN. Honorable mentions will also be awarded with a plaque. Citation recipients will be notified in November 2015.

Visit www.sccm.org/ICUDesignCitation for requirements and to begin the application process. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.

Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field in a variety of areas. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive complimentary registration to the 46th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2016.

Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award – Recognize an SCCM member who has advanced multiprofessional quality care at the regional or local level through exceptional leadership contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of chapters or affiliates.

Grenvik Family Award for Ethics – Acknowledge an SCCM member who has made significant contributions toward addressing ethical problems in critical care.

Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence – Recognize an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice, education and/or administration in the field of critical care.

Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management – Nominate an SCCM member who has made significant contributions to the design and/or implementation of evidence-based practices that have improved clinical, operational or fiscal outcomes.

Family-Centered Care Innovation Award – Commend an ICU team that has succeeded in instituting a novel approach to compassionate care and has a desire to share that innovation with other teams.

Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – Recognize an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

THRIVE Innovation Award – Recognize an individual, team or center for innovation in partnership that addresses the needs of survivors of critical illness, including the family, to optimize recovery through novel paradigms of care delivery, improved coordination of care and/or the design and implementation of virtual or in-person support groups.

Safar Global Partner Award – Recognize individuals and/or institutions making material contributions to SCCM’s achievement of its international strategic priorities.

ICU Design Citation Applications Due August 15

Submit your application for the ICU Design Citation, which is co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health. The award recognizes an operating critical care unit designed with attention to both functional and humanitarian issues.

David J. Martin Inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago

David-Martin-SMALL-WEB-14022_605editCongratulations to Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President, David J. Martin, CAE, who was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC).

Martin is the first critical care association executive to be recognized with this prestigious honor, which acknowledges his meritorious professional contributions and his proven leadership in improving the health of the community.

Founded in 1915, IOMC is an independent organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches that include education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement.

Last Call: Apply Now for SCCM Awards

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field of critical care. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire intensive care unit (ICU) team. Most award recipients receive a complimentary registration to the 44th Critical Care Congress. The deadline to apply for these opportunities — Friday, August 1, 2014 — is fast approaching.

Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award – Recognize an SCCM member who has advanced multiprofessional quality care at the regional or local level through exceptional leadership contributions that have furthered the vision and mission of chapters or affiliates.

Grenvik Family Award for Ethics – Acknowledge an SCCM member who has made significant contributions toward addressing ethical problems in critical care.

Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence – Recognize an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice, education and/or administration in the field of critical care.

Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management – Nominate an SCCM member who has made significant contributions to the design and/or implementation of evidence-based practices that have improved clinical, operational or fiscal outcomes.

Family-Centered Care Innovation Award – Commend an ICU team that has succeeded in instituting a novel approach to compassionate care and has a desire to share that innovation with other teams.

ICU Heroes Award – Acknowledge a heroic ICU patient, their respective family members and the multiprofessional ICU team that delivered the care.

Dharmapuri Vidyasagar Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – Recognize an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

ICU Design Citation Applications Due August 15

Submit your application for the ICU Design Citation, which is jointly sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health. The award recognizes an operating critical care unit designed with attention to both functional and humanitarian issues.

Weinberg Surgical Intensive Care Unit Wins Family-Centered Care Award

family centered edit 2The Weinberg surgical intensive care unit (WICU) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, received this year’s Family-Centered Care Innovation Award in recognition of the unit’s novel and effective methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families.

From its inception, the WICU has acknowledged the vital role of “the expert in the room” — the patient’s family. To this end, the unit has offered round-the-clock visiting hours and included families on daily rounds. During these rounds, family members are encouraged to join a standing circle with physicians and nurses, sometimes around the patient’s bed. The WICU staff also will bring family members to the bedside during emergency situations, if they wish.

From 2008 to 2010, the WICU team developed and launched the Family Meeting Project, in which the family of any patient who has been on the unit for more than seven days meets formally with the patient’s surgeon, intensivist, nurse, and social worker for a status update and to discuss care goals and next steps. Families can continue to request these meetings, since care goals and outcomes may shift the longer patients remain in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Building on the Family Meeting Project, the WICU Family Involvement Menu was created and piloted. As part of this initiative, family members are invited to choose from 10 daily care activities in which they can participate, with options ranging from shaving or feeding assistance to pillow repositioning or range-of-motion exercises. The family is also encouraged to suggest any assistance that may not be listed. Nurses provide instruction and supervision for all daily care, although family members often become adept enough to handle the activities on their own. To develop the menu, staff were asked to reflect on what they would want if they were ICU patients and to consider the most appropriate for family participation. At the same time, the WICU team surveyed 12 families on their interest in becoming more involved in their loved ones’ daily needs.

The results have been “nothing short of stunning,” said team leader and former WICU nurse clinician Rhonda Malone Wyskiel, BSN, RN.

It is time again to nominate a unit or program for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Family-Centered Care Innovation Award.  If you know a unit or program that demonstrates novel, effective methods for providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards

The Society offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field of critical care. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire ICU team. Most award recipients receive a complimentary registration to the 44th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2014.

Sandra Swoboda Wins Nursing Excellence Award

Swoboda_SandySandra Swoboda, RN, MS, FCCM, received this year’s Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence in recognition of her demonstrated superiority in critical care clinical practice and education.

Swoboda — a Senior Research Program Coordinator at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Simulation Educator at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA — has distinguished herself by authoring influential articles in Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Critical Care, the Annals of Surgery, and Intensive Care Medicine. Of particular note are her articles centered on infection control in the intensive care unit (ICU).

While conducting this crucial research, Swoboda still managed to stay heavily involved in Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) activities, taking on leadership roles in the Nursing Section, serving on various SCCM committees and regularly presenting at SCCM’s annual Critical Care Congress. For her tireless efforts, Swoboda has received numerous awards and recognitions, including an SCCM Presidential Citation that acknowledged her extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources to the Society.

It is time again to nominate a colleague for SCCM’s Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence. If you know an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice, education and/or administration in the field of critical care, nominate them today.

Additional SCCM Awards

The Society offers numerous awards that recognize dedication and contributions to the field of critical care. Nominate yourself or a colleague, or recognize your entire ICU team. Most award recipients receive a complimentary registration to the 44th Critical Care Congress. Apply for these opportunities by August 1, 2014.