AAKP Patient Safety Award

AAKP Patient Safety award

The AAKP Patient Safety Award recognizes specific and impactful leadership and activities that exemplify the Association’s strategic goal of advancing patient safety through innovations and specific measures within health systems, both nationally and globally, that inspire actions to improve overall patient safety. 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. 

2022 Award Winners

Dr. Alan Kliger, Chair, Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS), American Society of Nephrology (ASN) (National)

The AAKP is pleased to honor Dr. Kliger as a 2022 Patient Safety Award recipient for his personal investment and commitment to patient safety as well as for his bold leadership and dedication to the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) initiative. Under his direction, the NTDS has exemplified the best of physician-led efforts to enhance the quality of life for individuals with kidney diseases, most notably those on life-sustaining dialysis who are medically fragile, have weakened immune systems, and are at an increased risk of infection - especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Renal Patients Support Group (RPSG) – United Kingdom (International)

The AAKP is pleased to recognize the Renal Patients Support Group (UK-based) as a 2022 Patient Safety Award recipient. Award funds will go toward execution of RPSG’s “Online Consultations and Educational Support for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients through Online Support Groups” research proposal. This study will help inform what characteristics should be implemented to develop effective care services for people with long-term conditions and examine the potential role of social media to support care and to identify whether the use of web- or app-based tools positively impact. Such initiatives are now taking more prominence to help highlight new models of care and delivery, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past award winners


Kidney Quest Foundation


Satellite Healthcare

Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor; Alabama A&M University.


Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition


National Kidney Foundation

National Renal Administrators Association

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