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John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement Open for Nominations

Standard Register Healthcare (NYSE:SR) in partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute announced that nominations have opened for the first annual John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement.

“The intent of the John Q. Sherman Award is to both recognize and inspire people and organizations to share their work,” said John King, president of Standard Register Healthcare. “By spotlighting best practices in patient and family engagement, we have the opportunity to accelerate the transformation in care delivery and a make measurable difference in people’s recovery and well-being.”

The Award will recognize one individual and one healthcare organization or provider institution for their successful work in engaging patients and families to improve care and patient outcomes. Work must have occurred between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014.

“Patient engagement is critical for achieving safer health care and for ensuring that care is being delivered according to each patient’s goals and preferences,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president of NPSF and the Lucian Leape Institute. “This award is a terrific way to recognize the innovative work being done in patient engagement, and to spread the best practices and lessons learned to other organizations.”

Achievements in patient and family engagement will be evaluated in six possible categories: innovation, transformation, collaboration, communication, inspiration and system change. Nominations can address as many of these categories as desired. However, achievement in all of the categories is not required for entry.

The official nomination form and full details about criteria for the John Q. Sherman Award are available at www.EngagingPatients.org/award. All nomination forms must be uploaded to the site no later than March 28, 2014.

Award submissions will be judged by a panel of experts identified by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and Standard Register Healthcare. Awards will be presented at the 16th NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida, May 14-16, 2014. The achievements of the award winners will be featured on EngagingPatients.org and promoted through other media channels, as will all of those qualified and verified nominees. In addition to promotion of their achievements, winners’ travel expenses and registration for the full conference, including the full Pre-Congress session on patient and family engagement, will be paid by award organizers.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation’s work, visit www.npsf.org.

About the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members comprise national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care.

About Standard Register

Standard Register (NYSE: SR), is trusted by the world’s leading companies to advance their reputations and add value to their operations by aligning communications with corporate brand standards. Standard Register’s business is Connectication: leveraging traditional printing and technology-enhanced communications solutions to amplify the effectiveness of connected communications. Providing market-specific insights and a compelling portfolio of workflow, content and analytics solutions to address the changing business landscape in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, transportation and retail markets, Standard Register is the recognized leader in the management and execution of mission-critical communications. More information is available at http://www.standardregister.com.

Standard Register Healthcare is a business unit of Standard Register, serving more than 1,800 clients from across the healthcare delivery network, including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care, managed care and the suppliers that support them. A recognized leader in managing patient-centric information and communications, Standard Register Healthcare, together with Dialog Medical, a subsidiary of Standard Register, provides services and technology-enabled solutions to standardize and manage communications to enhance patient engagement, the coordination of care and achieve desired outcomes. More information is available at www.standardregisterhealthcare.com.

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