Brian Kendall, MD Honored with Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award


  Dr. Brian Kendall, medical director, RMC Hospitalist Services; received the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award at the Seventh Annual South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium held recently. Pictured with Dr. Kendall are representatives of the sponsor groups of the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards from left, Brian Teusink, president and CEO, PHT Services Ltd; Helen Haskell, founder, Mothers Against Medical Error (also Lewis Blackman’s mother); Dr. Laura Long, vice president of clinical innovation, BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina; Dr. Brian Kendall, medical director, RMC hospitalist services and winner of the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award; Dr. Christine Turley, chief medical officer, Health Sciences South Carolina; and Dr. Rick Foster, senior vice president, quality and patient safety, SCHA.
As a part of the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) continued effort of working with hospitals and partnering organizations to transform the care that each patient receives and experiences, Brian Kendall, MD, medical director of hospitalist services at the Regional Medical Center, was recognized for improving patient safety during the Seventh Annual South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium.

Dr. Kendall was awarded the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Caregiver Award, which is given to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other hospital employee in South Carolina whose efforts have resulted in changes that promote patient safety and quality improvement at the bedside.

“This year’s recipient has championed the cause of patient safety at all levels at the Regional Medical Center through leadership, innovation, execution, and tireless advocacy,” said Thornton Kirby, SCHA president and CEO. “His work and dedication are reflections of the great work that is being done in our state.”

RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge commented, “Dr. Kendall is genuinely passionate about taking care of patients, and his patients love him. He is not only an extraordinary caregiver; he has used his knowledge about patients and their needs to work with others to continuously improve patient safety and quality throughout our hospital. He is a role model, leader and a tremendous asset to our hospital on so many levels.”

During his 14-year tenure as an internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist at RMC, Dr. Kendall has continually demonstrated his passion for patient safety and healthcare quality improvement. He joined RMC at the inception of the hospitalist program as one of four internal medicine specialists. The program has grown to include 18 internal medicine specialists, including four pediatric specialists. Currently he serves as the medical director and provides direct patient care.

He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has presented at numerous conferences on improvements in hospitalist programs. Under his leadership of the hospitalist program, RMC received the National Thomson Reuters Healthcare Advantage Award in 2010.

Dr. Kendall serves on numerous RMC committees where he uses his direct patient care experiences to impact system-wide change. Additionally, he is a member of numerous professional organizations and served on the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control Hepatobiliary Scan (HIDA) Advisory Committee, 2010-2012 and the SC Healthcare Alliance for Infection Prevention, 2010-2012. Dr. Kendall was a member of the 2011 Board of Examiners for the NIST Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Sponsored by SCHA, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina, Mothers Against Medical Errors (MAME), and PHT Services, Ltd., the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards are named in honor of Lewis Wardlaw Blackman, a Columbia boy whose life was cut short in 2000 as the result of potentially preventable medical complications after an elective surgical procedure.

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