Now Accepting Nominations for the Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award

 

Noah Lord was a vibrant, fun, silly, 4-and-a-half-year-old, whose outgoing and inquisitive nature drove him to explore the   world around him. His constant questioning of the details had his parents endlessly scrambling for answers that would     satisfy his insatiable curiosity. Discussions of dinosaurs, Star Wars, death, life, playgrounds, work, Toy Story and so many other topics were a constant in Noah’s household. He spent many days cooking with his mom and planned with great enthusiasm to be a “chef cooking man” when he grew up.  Sadly, those dreams were never realized.  Noah died from a series of medical errors following a tonsillectomy, errors that could have been prevented.  Noah’s constant quest for answers inspired his mom, Tanya, to seek answers related to his premature death.  After a job transfer for Noah’s dad, Glen, brought them to New Hampshire, Tanya began her search in earnest.  She found that the circumstances surrounding Noah’s death provided many opportunities for healthcare improvement, including the importance of engaging patients and families at the bedside, as well as within the organizational structure.  The Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award recognizes the innovative work being done in NH to better engage patients and families in improving healthcare.

Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH is the Director of Patient & Family Engagement at the Foundation, and is recognized nationally for her work in patient & family engagement.  Tanya has shared her son’s story of medical error and the importance of engaging and communicating with patients & families with audiences across the country.  Upon realizing that her son Noah’s death provided many opportunities for healthcare improvement, she created the Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award to recognize the innovative work being done in NH to better engage patients and families in improving healthcare.

 noah    For more information on the Noah Lord Patient & Family Engagement Award, the award criteria and the deadline, download the full application here.