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Codman Award: Dr. Norma Lang

Dr. Norma Lang, professor of nursing, has been honored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for her leadership role in promoting the use of performance measures to improve health care services. She was named the individual winner of the 2001 Ernest A. Codman Award, which will be presented on November 8, during the National Conference on Quality and Safety in Health Care. She is the first woman and the first nurse to receive this award.

Her work to identify standards and measures to evaluate the quality of nursing care is used to guide nursing policy throughout the world. This nursing quality model---known as the Lang Model---has been adopted in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Named for the physician regarded as the "father of outcomes measurement," the Ernest A. Codman Award showcases the effective use of performance measurement, thereby enhancing knowledge and encouraging the use of performance measurement to improve the quality of health care.

"The Joint Commission salutes Dr. Lang for her superb efforts in enhancing the quality of care for patients," says Dr. Dennis S. O'Leary, Commission president. Her accomplishments "underscore the productive innovations that can be achieved by measuring and using outcomes to improve patient care processes."

"I would like to share this honor with all practicing professional nurses who are the minute-by-minute determiners of the quality care received by patients," said Dr. Lang. "To recognize me is to recognize the essential contributions made by more than two million nurses in this country. It is a great honor to follow previous awardees who are considered the great leaders in the field of quality health care. It bodes well for nursing to have a nurse--and thus nursing--recognized as major contributors to the quality of health care."

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 10, October 30, 2001


October 30, 2001
Volume 48 Number 10

The answer is blowing in the wind; Penn agrees to purchase wind-generated electric energy.
The Political Science department has three newly appointed faculty members who have endowed chairs.
As winter weather approaches, the University has energy conservation initiatives ready to be implemented.
Dr. Norma Lang becomes the first woman and the first nurse to win the Codman Award.
The University celebrates 125 Years of Women at Penn, online with web sites and on campus with events.
The Government Affairs Update covers the recent developments in federal, commonwealth and city and community relations.
Volunteer opportunities in November are plentiful, including Shadowing Day and the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
There are two campus blood drives coming up in early November.