The National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF’s) Lucian Leape Institute has announced the creation of a new award program, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic. This award program will recognize innovative initiatives to drive successful implementation of technology through culture change in healthcare.

The nomination period runs from April 27 through May 31. Awards will be conferred on September 28, at the 11th annual Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner in Boston.

“Technology is a critical tool for advancing patient and workforce safety, and culture and leadership strongly influence successful implementation and sustainability of these technologies,” says Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF, president of the Lucian Leape Institute and, effective May 1, Chief Clinical and Safety Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as part of a merger of the two organizations.

“This award program seeks to recognize individuals and teams who used culture change to successfully implement a new technology innovation,” Gandhi says.

The award’s name recognizes Medtronic as inaugural funder of the Lucian Leape Institute.

Award recipients will be selected by a panel of judges who will review all nominations for the level of improvement to patient or workforce safety, evidence of sustainability, the potential that the project can be successfully transferred to other organizations, and other criteria.

Full details about the award, including how to submit a nomination online, are available at