Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences

About Urgent Matters

Urgent Matters is a national initiative dedicated to finding, developing and delivering strategies to improve patient flow and reduce emergency department crowding. Urgent Matters has a long standing reputation for producing unbiased content from a multi‐disciplinary perspective.  Through educational activities such as e-newsletters, web seminars, podcasts, online tools, and conferences, Urgent Matters disseminates best practices for emergency care. Urgent Matters is managed by the Center for Healthcare Innovation & Policy Research at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. https://smhs.gwu.edu/urgentmatters/

About Philips Blue Jay Consulting

Philips Blue Jay Consulting is comprised of nationally-recognized emergency care experts who implement effective, meaningful, and lasting changes to optimize service and patient throughput in hospital emergency departments. The team creates outcome-oriented solutions and achieves quantifiable results through process improvement services and enhanced interim leadership. Philips Blue Jay Consulting collaborates with hospitals and health care systems to improve overall performance in the ED. For further information, please visit www.philips.com/healthcareconsulting.

About Schumacher Clinical Partners

Schumacher Clinical Partners is a privately held, physician-driven company dedicated to helping hospitals and providers focus on delivering high-quality patient care. As one of the nation's largest and fastest growing health care organizations, SCP partners with more than 7,000 providers to help care for 8 million+ patients annually with innovative, patient-centered solutions covering the entire continuum of care, including emergency medicine, hospital medicine, wellness programs, and consulting services. For more information, visit http://www.schumacherclinical.com/

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2018 Urgent Matters Conference: Theme TBD in Spring 2018

Ask yourself these questions:

Is your hospital innovating clinical practice?
Has your hospital implemented a new process to significantly increase patient satisfaction?

Does your emergency department have an innovative approach to quality improvement?

As health care continues its rapid evolution, it’s never been more important to deploy innovative, team-based approaches that deliver excellence in medical care, excellence in service, and sustainable efficiencies for EM practices.  Accordingly, the leadership at Urgent Matters, Philips Blue Jay Consulting and  Schumacher Clinical Partners want to support innovation in emergency departments nationwide. 

The Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to be acknowledged for their outstanding contributions and also provides a potential platform for disseminating effective solutions to common issues facing the emergency care community.

Sustaining, promoting, and improving quality in emergency care requires a team from across departments, the hospital, and community.  We are looking for innovations that increase the value of care and improve delivery systems.  

Submitted innovations should fit into at least one of the following categories: safety and quality,flow and efficiency,care coordination, patient experience, and cost consciousness.

To be eligible for consideration, the innovation must include a measurable assessment of the effectiveness of the intervention.  

One winning team will be selected. One member of the winning team will receive the honor of presenting their innovation at the Urgent Matters Conference to be held at the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly.

Also included:

  • Complimentary registration to the Urgent Matters Conference
  • Opportunity to meet with Philips Blue Jay Consulting and Schumacher Clinical Partners leadership to assess the possibility of deploying the innovation on a larger scale
  • Airfare and one night hotel stay for the team representative.  

In addition, the winner will present their innovation in an online webinar presentation sponsored by Urgent Matters and have their work featured on the Urgent Matters website and Blog.      


Complete the submission form and send it to urgentmatters@gwu.edu.

Submissions are now closed. Details for the 2018 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award will be announced in the spring of 2018.