Two Children's Hospital Residents Recognized for Innovations in Patient Safety

Two Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Residents Recognized for Innovations in Patient Safety

Posted on 6/3/2015

Annual patient safety champion awards honor those who make health care safer.

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital pediatric residents Elizabeth Cutrell, M.D., and Ann Simonin, M.D., each received a prestigious statewide award celebrating individuals who have made health care safer for South Carolina residents.

Cutrell and Simonin were presented with the Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Award in the Innovation and Research category at the 8th Annual South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium. The award celebrates researchers who have developed new practices and technologies that can significantly improve the care experience of hospital patients and their families.

Cutrell developed a training program for physician residents that increased communication during patient transfers and is expected to help prevent medical errors. Simonin designed a new protocol that reduced the incidence of hyperglycemia in the pediatric intensive care unit by 58 percent.

“We are thrilled that both Dr. Cutrell and Dr. Simonin were winners of the Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards in the Innovation and Research category. We are very proud of their work and the impact it will have on quality patient care and patient safety,” said Robert Holleman, M.D., director of the pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital.

“This is a wonderful recognition for our residents. The awards reflect the commitment at Children’s Hospital to improve patient care,” said Caughman Taylor, M.D., the hospital’s senior medical director. “Liz and Annie serve as examples to all of us on how you can make a difference. We are extremely proud of them and thankful for their work. All of our pediatric residents participate in Quality Initiative projects, and the awards given to Annie and Liz recognize the excellence of those efforts.”

The awards program, founded in 2008, was named in honor of Lewis Blackman, a bright, talented 15-year-old boy from Columbia who died due to a preventable medical error.

Lewis’s mother, Helen Haskell, now a nationally-known patient advocate and founder of Mothers Against Medical Error, presents the awards each year, along with the sponsoring organizations: South Carolina Hospital Association, BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina and Palmetto Hospital Trust Services, Ltd.


About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was South Carolina’s first pediatric hospital. Each year, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital maintains more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. For more information, visit


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