The IPFCC Partnership Award is a new program that recognizes innovative partnerships among patients, families and health care professionals. For 25 years, IPFCC has provided leadership to advance the practice of patient- and family-centered care and ensure that partnerships are at the heart of the health care system. The award recognizes teams of health care professionals and patients/families who, through their collaboration, truly are changing health care.

The 2017 award recipient team and two second place teams were honored at IPFCC’s Gala Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, November 3, 2017.

2017 Award Recipient

Courtney Nataraj and Dr. Normaliz Rodriguez

NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital/
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Simulation Discharge Program
Courtney Nataraj and Dr. Normaliz Rodriguez

As a mother who has experienced the difficulty of transitioning from around-the-clock hospital care to being discharged home, Nataraj worked with Dr. Rodriguez to start a program to teach parents and families how to care for their children at home using simulation models.

Watch for an article in an upcoming issue of Pediatric Nursing journal describing the Simulation Discharge Program.

Second Place (Tied)

Barbara Kahl, Toby Levin and Dr. Leo Rotello

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong
Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
PFCC Certification Program
Barbara Kahl, Toby Levin and Dr. Leo Rotello

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Darcy Daniels and Sandra Clancy

MassGeneral Hospital for Children
"Wendy's Welcome"
Darcy Daniels and Sandra Clancy


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Honorable Mentions

Dr Cernich with patient in exam room

Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Great HeighTS Clinic
Dr. Joseph Cernich and Kelly Ranallo

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Dr Cernich with patient in exam room

McGill University Health Centre
Oncology Portal & Application (Opal)
Dr. Laurie Hendren, Dr. Tarek Hijal, and Dr. John Kildea

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