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Presenting the 2019 SHM Award of Excellence winners

Award of Excellence in Clinical Leadership for NPs/PAs

Lorraine L. Britting, MS, CNP, SFHM, is the clinical director of advanced practice providers in cardiology medicine and a practicing acute care nurse practitioner at the Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She has overseen the growth of the program from 8 to 32 advanced practice providers in the last decade. Her efforts extend across the medical center, by creating and chairing multiple committees designed to address credentialing, billing, reimbursement, and recruitment issues specific to advanced practice providers.

Lorraine L. Britting

Lorraine L. Britting

Within SHM, she has served on the NP/PA Committee, the HQPS Committee, and Membership Committee and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Hospital Medicine. She is a senior fellow in hospital medicine.

Award of Excellence in Humanitarian Service

Kristian Olson, MD, MPH, is an internist and pediatrician and has been an academic hospitalist member of the core educator faculty in the department of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston since its founding in 2005. He is also the director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies, also known as CAMTech.

Dr. Kristian Olson

Dr. Kristian Olson

In 2005, he worked in Darfur, Sudan, before being contracted by the European Commission for Humanitarian Organizations to train birth attendants in rural Sumatra after the Asian tsunami. For the next 5 years, Dr. Olson’s work resulted in creating a network of more than 350 midwives who retrain each other in newborn resuscitation and postpartum hemorrhage three times per year. He is an inventor and developer of the Augmented Infant Resuscitator, a device that lets birth attendants achieve effective ventilation in less than half the time and maintain it for 50% longer. In 2009, he was instrumental in setting up Ethiopia’s first multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment program, where he developed care processes and attended to patients with active TB. By 2012, more than 1,000 patients had completed therapy with an unparalleled rate of success.

Work through Dr. Olson’s CAMTech open innovation platform has empowered people with the tools to solve their own medical challenges – principally in India, Uganda, and the United States. By reaching across disciplines, he has been able to align frontline health providers to work with patients, engineers, designers, policy makers, public health practitioners and more to make sustainable solutions to challenges in health care. This platform has attracted more than 4,300 innovators and resulted in the formation of some 30 companies and the filing of more than 40 patents.

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