Dr. Judith Ritchie recognized with award for healthcare leadership

by admin admin | Feb 17, 2010

OTTAWA (February 17, 2010) - The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith Ritchie, Associate Director of Nursing Research, McGill University Health Centre, is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence through Evidence award. This award recognizes the critical role of leadership in successfully implementing evidence-informed innovations in healthcare and provides an honorarium of $15,000 to be used to inspire similar innovation across Canada.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ritchie has created and promoted the use of evidence to strengthen the quality of care provided to patients.

Among Dr. Ritchie's accomplishments: she spearheaded the implementation of best practice guidelines to reduce falls, manage pain, and protect skin integrity among patients; she was the driver behind the creation of the Eureka! Fellowships, aimed at giving nurses the tools and skills to apply evidence to improve practice; and she has mentored senior leaders and clinicians in the use of evidence to inform decision-making. Dr. Ritchie has successfully bridged the worlds of clinical practice, policy, education and research.

"We are honoured to present this award to Dr. Ritchie," stated CHSRF president Maureen O'Neil, "Her quiet leadership has helped to strengthen the skills and capacity of the people she works with and the quality care offered to patients." Dr. Arthur Porter, Director and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre, added that "Judith has earned the respect of everyone from the bedside to the board for her ability to link evidence-based practice to quality and safety outcomes."

The Excellence through Evidence award will be presented to Dr. Ritchie on February 17 in Montreal, at the CEO Forum. The day-long forum, hosted by CHSRF in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, is an annual event that provides CEOs, policymakers and experts from across Canada the opportunity to discuss approaches to improving the quality and delivery of health services.

For further information:

Elizabeth Everson
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
1565 Carling Avenue, Suite 700
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R1 (Canada)
Tel. : +1 613-728-2238, ext 242
Fax.: +1 613-728-3527

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to promote the use of evidence to strengthen the delivery of health services that improve the health of Canadians. CHSRF is funded though an agreement with the Government of Canada.