Jenny Kitsen Safety Award

The Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award funds an annual lecture or presentation that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management. The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen.

Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations , public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions.

2019 Award Winner

The AAKP is pleased to announce the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition as the recipient of its 2019 Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition will utilize grant funds to produce a video that highlights patients as part of the care team and provides information on preventing infections, especially infections related to dialysis vascular access. The project will capture the patient voice and create an enduring educational product focused on informing and engaging patients on the topic of preventing infections. CDC will also deliver a presentation focused on patient engagement and infection prevention at the AAKP National Patient Meeting: Celebrating 50 Years of Patient Engagement & Advocacy, Sept. 6-8, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 Award recipient joins an elite group who are dedicated to promoting safety throughout the kidney community:


2018 Award Winners

National Kidney Foundation

As part of the 2018 Spring Clinicals, the NKF hosted the educational session, “Do no harm! – Avoiding Medication Errors in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.” The session described the most common medication errors and their associated negative outcomes in patients with CKD to highlight the need for more aggressive interventions to address these preventable errors. The medication reconciliation, medication reviews and medication therapy management will be defined with an emphasis on the potential impact these interventions have on patient and economic outcomes. The medication reconciliation measure for dialysis patients developed by the Kidney Care Quality Alliance Measure Feasibility and Testing Workgroup will be highlighted along with efforts by CMS to develop a quality measure(s) related to medication reconciliation and management dialysis clinicals will have to achieve to meet their quality goals. Session presenters included: Jeffery Fink, MD, MS (University of Maryland); Marisa Battistella, PharmD (University of Toronto); and Amy Pai, PharmD, BCPS, FASN, FCCP, FNKF (University of Michigan).


National Renal Administrators Association

As part of its 2017 Annual Conference, NRAA hosted the educational session, “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Safety.” This session focused on the importance for clinic leaders to manage processes and lead facility employees to ensure an environment that promotes and achieves patient safety, best practices and optimal patient outcomes. Session presenter, Mary Kay Hamilton, RN, MHI, has more than 20 years’ experience in the dialysis field, both nationally and internationally.


2017 Award Winners


  • A.T. Still University of Oral Health, Dr. Maureen Munnelly Perry – Oral Health Safety Protocols
  • All Kidney Patients Support Group (AKPSG) – Patient Safety and Empowerment


2016 Award Winners

  • National Renal Administrators Association
  • Renal Physicians Association


2015 Award Winners

  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • Forum of ESRD Networks