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. For futher information please visit our homepage https://smhs.gwu.edu/urgentmatters/ .

About the West Health Institute and West Health

Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health includes the nonprofit and nonpartisan Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Policy Center in Washington, D.C. These organizations are working together toward a shared mission dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. For more information visit westhealth.org and follow @WestHealth.

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2019 Urgent Matters Conference:

Innovations in Injury Prevention: The High Value of Being Proactive in Emergency Medicine.

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 and West Health Institute 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 the 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:

  • Winner: $1000, airfare and one night stay in Denver, free registration, urgent matters promotion, 30 minute speaking engagement

  • First runner up: free registration, 15 minute speaking engagement, one night stay at hotel and airfare

  • Second runner up: free registration, 15 minute speaking, airfare

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.

Submissions open June 1st, 2019! All submissions are due by August 15th, 2019.