Since 2012, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A medical director, educator, and physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also works on many committees and councils, including the Council on Quality for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).
The NACHRI is one of the governing bodies in charge of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), which represents more than 200 children’s hospitals in the United States. The association is committed to exemplary care and offers many services and programs relating to quality improvement and measurement.
Hospitals under the association’s aegis are eligible for the Pediatric Quality Award, presented yearly in recognition of superior advances in medical facilities. Award applicants submit quality improvement project reports in one of four categories: clinical care, delivery system transformation, patient safety and harm reduction, and waste reduction or improved efficiency.
The entries are judged on a number of criteria including demonstration of significant improvement in their area of focus, the careful documentation of the project, and the project’s ability to yield similar effects should it be adopted by other institutions. Four category winners are selected for the Pediatric Quality Award, following a two-phase evaluation. The overall winner, selected from the category winners, is announced at the CHA’s annual Quality and Safety Conference. Category winners are also invited to present their projects at the conference.