ForwardDental earns national honor

News Graphic Staff

May 14, 2019

GERMANTOWN — ForwardDental has received The Bernard A. Kershner Award.

ForwardDental has offices across southeast Wisconsin, including in the Mequon Town Center, 6048 W. Mequon Road.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare recently announced the 2018-19 winners for their exemplary work in quality improvement studies.

The Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award recognizes AAAHC-accredited organizations that have successfully implemented meaningful studies, resulting in changes to their operations and demonstrating their commitment to “quality every day,” according to a news release from ForwardDental.

and possible to continuously improve patient experience and clinical care,” said Naomi Kuznets, Ph.D., vice president and senior director for the AAAHC Institute. “We are excited to exhibit innovative strategies used in both primary care settings and surgical centers that enhance the quality of care patients receive.”

Each finalist prepared a poster describing their study to present at the March Achieving Accreditation seminar. Attendees cast ballots for their favorite and winners (both Kershner panel and “People’s Choice”) were announced during the conference.

An Institute-designated expert panel reviewed all applications against criteria based on AAAHC standards and named six finalists including ForwardDental last fall.

Dr. Jesley Ruff, Julie Lynch and Kim Grensavitch represented Forward-Dental and received the award – named for the late Bernard A. Kershner who was a leader in ambulatory health care and a distinguished past Chair of the AAAHC Institute Board of Trustees – at the 2019 Achieving Accreditation program on March 15 and March 16 in Tampa, Fla.

AAAHC-accredited surgical/procedural and primary care organizations submitted detailed, visual representations of their quality improvement studies. The submissions were reviewed by an expert panel which identified the finalists in each category.