The International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards were launched in 2015 and are recognized around the world as the premier awards programme to honor hospitals and healthcare organizations. The winners of the IHF Awards will be presented during a special Awards Ceremony at the 45th IHF World Hospital Congress which will be held on 9-11 November 2022 in Dubai, UAE.
The deadline for entries is extended to 30 June.
Each category presents a unique opportunity to showcase outstanding projects, programmes, and services of hospitals and health service providers.
The Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award is the highest honor for an individual hospital within the International Hospital Federation. The successful designee will demonstrate excellence in each of the five dimensions of healthcare delivery to include:
- Health service quality
- Patient experience
- Clinical outcomes & health equity
- Cost efficiency
- Workforce wellbeing
The recipient of this distinguished award will demonstrate in their application outstanding performance and achievement in each of these dimensions. Such outstanding performance and achievement within the successful hospital will include:
- Vision and strategic objectives undertaken to create a culture of excellence
- Examples of measurable success in each of the five dimensions with at least 2 dimensions demonstrating extreme success.
This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in advancing corporate social responsibility. Such achievements include activities which clearly demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility. For example:
- Providing high-quality and affordable healthcare services for all;
- Promoting inclusion and diversity in the workforce;
- Reducing inequalities in healthcare service delivery;
- Advancing universal healthcare in emerging and developing nations;
- Developing innovative and ethical responses to social, climate and environmental issues;
- Harnessing a network of local stakeholders for sustainable and systemic responses to public health concerns.
This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in promoting “green hospital” initiatives. Such achievements include activities which clearly demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability. For example:
- Promoting energy efficiency or savings, use of renewable energy;
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
- Creating a safe and secure environment against natural disasters related to climate change;
- Providing an eco-friendly and comfortable environment for patients and staff by innovative or smart technologies;
- Advocating and supporting the practice of medicine and care in a sustainable manner;
- Collaborating across architectural design and hospital planning to realize a green and healthy hospital;
- Reducing and safely disposing of medical waste in a sustainable manner;
- Engaging with supply chains to ensure more sustainable practices and products
- Leadership, supporting and promoting a culture of environmental sustainability.
This award is open to all government, public and private health service delivery organizations who operate in a low-income country (according to the World Bank) and/or operate in a region, territory or country during times of significant crisis (war or natural disaster). The award will recognize excellence or outstanding achievements in delivering health services despite the challenges of their environment.
To qualify for the award:
- The health service organization is located in low-income country according to World Bank and/or in a region, territory or country facing a major crisis (war or natural disaster);
- The organization had experienced or is currently experiencing a crisis that places a significant strain on its operations;
- The organization developed and implemented a service, program, or project which allowed it to demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements despite the harsh conditions;
- A significant part of the organization’s service, program or project should be attributed to its “people” and their initiatives to deliver health care despite of the crisis.
This new award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals and health service providers who demonstrated excellence or outstanding achievements in ensuring the wellbeing and sustainability of healthcare workers through innovative projects or initiatives. Achievements should be measurable and can be in the areas of staff recruitment, retention, engagement, and workplace environment. For example:
- Taking an active, creative, and innovative role in retaining staff;
- Techniques and strategies to ensure a high level of engagement and job satisfaction for the healthcare workers;
- Unique recognition and support for those in direct patient care;
- Measure and scale interventions to support wellbeing and combat burnout;
- Providing programmes to promote the physical and mental health of healthcare workers.
This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in leadership and management. Such achievements can include activities which clearly demonstrate strong leadership and management in leading a hospital or health service provider. For example:
- Strengthening governance mechanisms, enabling all staff to be well-heard by senior leader teams;
- Creating a culture that fosters clinical and non-clinical staff engagement;
- Achieving major breakthroughs in the innovations of healthcare delivery;
- Successfully driving better patient reported outcomes and patient experience.
This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in promoting quality and patient safety. Such achievements can include activities which demonstrate a clear commitment to quality and patient safety across the organization. For example:
- Developing and promoting new or improved services or models of care with quality and patient safety as a core objective;
- Building a workplace culture of patient safety at all organizational levels;
- Enhancing workforce education on the importance of patient engagement and empowerment;
- Improving quality of care for underserved or at risk patient populations;
- Improving the application of quality and patient safety principles to reduce preventable infections, medication and procedural errors, etc.
ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY RULES:
- Only hospitals and healthcare service providers (government, public or private), and current members of IHF can submit entries. Consultancy companies and vendors are not eligible to submit entries.
- Eligible entries for the Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award are hospitals.
- Eligible entries for the Excellence Awards in the six other categories are projects, programmes, or services within hospitals and health service providers
- For the Excellence Awards, entries must be for recent projects, programmes, or services within the last two years.
- All entries, including the supporting documents, must be submitted in the English language.
- All entries will need the endorsement of the organization’s CEO, President, Hospital Director or Chairperson of the Governing Board. Click here to download the endorsement letter template.
- Entries must be submitted through the IHF online submission platform.
- Submitters must choose the category to enter.
- Each category will have a dedicated online entry form which will require submitters to provide basic information about the organization. In addition, there are questions needing to be answered to provide relevant information about their submission.
- Submitters can upload up to 5 relevant documents in PDF and word file format. Maximum upload file size is 32MB.
Entries will be scored by a panel of experienced global healthcare leaders serving on IHF’s Judging Panels. They will use their vast knowledge of the industry to score each entry on its merits and using the following criteria as guidance:
Criteria for the Grand Hospital Award
- Overall success in achieving the five dimensions
- Ability of the hospital to sustain its success
- Clarity of the presentation
Criteria for the Excellence Awards
- Creativity and innovation within projects, programmes, or services
- Intended impact of the project with a special focus on quality, efficiency, health outcomes, and sustainability
- Adaptability and scalability of the project in the region, the country and to the rest of the world
- Scientific rigor of the project’s design and outcome measures
- Clarity of the presentation
Winners of the IHF Awards 2022 will be presented with a prestigious plaque during a special Awards Ceremony on 10 November at the 45th World Hospital Congress in Dubai, UAE.
Gold Winners of each category will receive complimentary registrations (details below) to attend the Awards Ceremony and the World Hospital Congress in Dubai. In addition, they will receive funding to support their hospital representatives’ travel and accommodation costs for attending the Congress. Receipt of funding is conditional on attendance at the Congress.
Gold Winners will also have the opportunity to present in a special parallel session at the Congress.
- Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award – 3 complimentary registrations + up to 5,000 CHF funding for travel and accommodations
- Seddiqi Holding Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Green Hospitals, American Hospital Association Excellence Award for Healthcare Workers’ Wellbeing, American College of Healthcare Executives Excellence Award for Leadership and Management, Austco Excellence Award for Quality and Patient Safety – 1 complimentary registration + up to 2,500 CHF funding for travel and accommodations
The Gold Winner of the Sultanate of Oman Excellence Award for Health Services During Crisis will receive 1 complimentary registration and a 10,000 CHF award. Additionally, Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will each receive up to 2,000 CHF funding for travel and accommodations.
Silver and Bronze Winners
Silver and Bronze Winners of each category will receive one complimentary registration each to attend the Awards Ceremony and the World Hospital Congress in Dubai.
The funding for travel and accommodations will not be given to Gold Winners who cannot attend the in-person Awards Ceremony.