Denver Health's Community Health Services received the 10th Annual Ernest Amory Codman Award in the ambulatory care category for improving immunization rates for young children. The CHS initiative stemmed from an assessment that showed low immunization rates at its primary care sites were putting the community at risk for diseases that can easily be prevented.
CHS changed this trend by developing an immunization registry to track patients, assess immunization levels, and improve the ability to vaccinate children on schedule. Immunization rates improved by 46 percent for two-year-old patients and by 26 percent for one-year-old patients.
Named for the physician regarded in healthcare as the "father of outcomes measurement," the Ernest Amory Codman Award showcases the effective use of performance measurement by healthcare organizations to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.