History of the AAMI Foundation

Over its 50-year history, the Foundation has worked closely with its affiliate, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the world-renowned membership organization driving consensual standards in medical instrumentation. Recently, the Foundation, in addition to providing scholarships to those in the field of medical technology, implemented AAMI’s coalition and consensus model to address clarion patient safety issues.

Check back soon for more information on the Foundation’s history in the world of patient safety!

AAMI Foundation Board of Directors – 2018 Officers

Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM

CHAIR
Steve Yelton, PE, CHTM

Professor
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Eamonn Hoxey PhD, FR PharmS

VICE CHAIR
Eamonn Hoxey PhD, FR PharmS
Principal
E V Hoxey Ltd

Jane Prust

TREASURER
Janet Prust
Director, Standards and Global Business Development
3M

Robert Jensen

SECRETARY
Robert Jensen
President & CEO
AAMI

Sue Schade

AT-LARGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Sue Schade
Principal
StarBridge Advisors

AAMI Foundation Board of Directors – 2018 Directors

Gerald Castro

Gerald Castro, PhD, MPH
Project Director, Patient Safety Initiatives
The Joint Commission

C. Phil Cogdill

C. Phil Cogdill
Immediate Past Chair
Senior Director Sterilization and Microbiology QA
Medtronic, Inc.

Michael H. Scholla, PhD

Michael H. Scholla, PhD
Global Director Regulatory and Standards
DuPont Protection Technologies

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS
Consultant ICU Medical

Matthew B. Weinger, MS, MD

Matthew B. Weinger, MS, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, DMS (HON)

Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, DMS (HON)
Chief Quality Officer, Cook County Health and Hospitals

AAMI Foundation Staff

Christine V. Emery, PhD
Executive Director
703.647.2770
CEmery@aamifoundation.org

James Piepenbrink
Deputy Executive Director
703.647.2784
jpiepenbrink@aamifoundation.org

Devon Seymour
Foundation Operations Manager
703.647.2785
DSeymour@aamifoundation.org

Conor Droney
Foundation Intern 
CDroney@aamifoundation.org

AAMI Foundation Awards

AAMI FOUNDATION AWARDS

  • The AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award – This is AAMI’s most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.
  • The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award – This award—honoring the late humanitarian Robert Morris—recognizes individuals or organizations whose humanitarian efforts have applied healthcare technology to improving global human conditions.
  • The AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award – This award honors a healthcare technology professional (individual or group) that has applied innovative clinical engineering practices or principles to solve one or more significant clinical patient care problems or challenges facing a patient population, community, or group.

Mary K. Logan Research Awards

Applications for the 2019 Mary K. Logan Awards are now closed. The award winners will be announced in June 2019.

The AAMI Foundation supports research directed toward enhancing the safe adoption and safe use of healthcare technology. The objective is to stimulate and fund studies that will clearly improve patient safety and help to ensure that healthcare technology promotes positive patient and healthcare provider outcomes. The awards are named after Mary K. Logan, AAMI’s former president and CEO, who championed the patient safety initiatives of the AAMI Foundation.

Past Recipients

2018 Awards

Two grants went to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio for projects focused on reducing pediatric medication errors.

2017 Awards

The AAMI Foundation granted the awards to researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID, which is part of the Trinity Health System. The team from Cincinnati Children’s, led by Amanda Schondelmeyer, assistant professor of pediatrics, will focus on developing evidence- and consensus-based guidelines for the use of continuous pulse oximetry and cardiorespiratory monitoring in hospitalized children. At Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, lead investigator Melanie Wright will focus on another technology-related safety issue: alarm fatigue.

For more information, please contact Christine V. Emery, PhD, executive director of the AAMI Foundation, at cemery@aami.org.

AAMI Foundation Award Recipients

BI&T Best Article

  • 2014

    “Closed-Loop Infusion Pump Integration with the EMR” by Dan C. Pettus and Tim Vanderveen. Pettus is vice president of IT and connectivity at CareFusion. Vanderveen is vice president of CareFusion’s Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence.

    Infusion Coalition

BI&T Best Research Paper

  • 2018

    “Continuous Surveillance of Sleep Apnea Patients in a Medical-Surgical Unit,” by a team from Virtua Health and Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.

    Opioid Coalition

  • 2017

    “Use of Monitor Watchers in Hospitals: Characteristics, Training, and Practices,” Marjorie Funk, a professor at the Yale University School of Nursing; Halley Ruppel, a PhD student at the Yale University School of Nursing; Nancy Blake, director of critical care services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and JoAnne Phillips, manager of quality and patient safety for Penn Homecare and Hospice Services. The paper surveyed the use and potential impact of monitor watchers in hospitals.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2016

    “Effect of Altering Alarm Settings: A Randomized Controlled Study” by a clinical team at John Hopkins in Baltimore. This team looked at the relationship between the number of alarm signals and staff responsiveness. The study itself demonstrated how a hospital could develop a controlled study to obtain outcome data related to altering patient monitoring alarm settings.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2015

    “Video Methods for Evaluating Physiologic Monitor Alarms and Alarm Responses,” written by a team of 11 from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  The authors ae Christopher P. Bonafide, Miriam Zander, Christian Sarkis Graham, Christine M. Weirich Paine, Whitney Rock, Andrew Rich, Kathryn E. Roberts, Margaret Fortino, Vinay M. Nadkarni, Richard Lin, and Ron Keren.

    Alarm Coalition

  • 2013

    Maria Cvach, assistant director of nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, for her paper “Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review.”

    Alarm Coalition

AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award

The AAMI Foundation & Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award – This award honors a healthcare technology professional (individual or group) that has applied innovative clinical engineering practices or principles to solve one or more significant clinical patient care problems or challenges facing a patient population, community, or group.

The AAMI Foundation & ITHC Clinical Solution Award Winners:

  • 2018 – Bebbe Healthcare Multidisciplinary Team
  • 2017 – Regenstrief National Center for Medical Device Informatics (REMEDI) Infusion Pump Collaborative Project Team
  • 2016 – James Piepenbrink
  • 2015 – Texas Children’s Hospital Alarm Management Team
  • 2014 – Robert D. Butterfield
  • 2013 – Lancaster General Hospital and Hospira
  • 2013 – Monitor Research Team, Children’s National Medical Center
  • 2011 – James P. Welch and George T. Blike, MD
  • 2010 – Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FHIMSS
  • 2009 – Julian M. Goldman, MD
  • 2006 – Thomas M. Judd, CCE
  • 2005 – Antonio Hernandez

AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award

The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award – This award—honoring the late humanitarian Robert Morris—recognizes individuals or organizations whose humanitarian efforts have applied healthcare technology to improving global human conditions.

The AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award Winners:

  • 2018 – Robert M.S. Dickinson
  • 2017 – Adriana Velazquez Berumen
  • 2016 – Roy Morris, CBET
  • 2015 – Robyn W. Frick, CCE
  • 2014 – Ismael Cordero
  • 2013 – Edward P. Myers, Jr.
  • 2012 – Billy Teninty, CBET
  • 2011 – James Wear, PhD
  • 2010 – Thomas Judd, MS, CCE
  • 2010 – Brad Carrott
  • 2009 – J. Tobey Clark, CCE
  • 2008 – Yadin David, EdD, CCE, PE, HCSP
  • 2007 – Louis W. Schonder, CBET
  • 2006 – Robert Pagett
  • 2005 – David Harrington
  • 2004 – Alfred Jakniunas
  • 2003 – George I. Johnston, CCE
  • 2002 – Herman R. Weed, PE
  • 2001 – Robert Morris, CCE, PE

AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award

The AAMI Foundation’s Laufman-Greatbatch Award – This is AAMI’s most prestigious award. Named after two pioneers in the field—Harold Laufman, MD and Wilson Greatbatch, PhD—this highly regarded award honors an individual or group that has made a unique and significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety.

Winners of the Laufman-Greatbatch Award:

  • 2018 – Lauren C. Thompson, PhD
  • 2017 – Victoria Hitchins, PhD
  • 2016 – Ary L. Goldberger, MD; Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD; and George Moody
  • 2015 – Masakazu Tsuzuki, MD, PhD
  • 2014 – Matthew B. Weinger, MD
  • 2013 – Carl Bruch, PhD
  • 2012 – David Bates
  • 2011 – Timothy Vanderveen, PharmD
  • 2010 – Neal E. Fearnot, PhD
  • 2009 – Forrest M. Bird, MD
  • 2008 – Jack Harrington
  • 2007 – Willis A. Tacker, Jr., MD, PhD
  • 2006 – Nathaniel Sims, MD
  • 2005 – Maynard Ramsey, III, MD, PhD
  • 2004 – Dr. George J. Magovern, Sr., MD
  • 2003 – David Hood, Steve Alexander, Matthew Hanson, Todd Kneale, and Terry Domae
  • 2002 – David E. Flinchbaugh, PhD, PE
  • 2001 – Huntly D. Millar
  • 2000 – Thomas Fogarty, MD
  • 1999 – Adrian Kantrowitz, MD
  • 1998 – Earl E. Bakken
  • 1997 – Alan  Berson, PhD
  • 1996 – John G. Webster, PhD
  • 1995 – John Watson, PhD
  • 1994 – Robert Arzbaecher, PhD
  • 1993 – Craig J. Hartley, PhD
  • 1992 – Otto Herbert Schmitt, PhD
  • 1991 – Allen Latham, Jr.
  • 1989 – Paul C. Lauterbur, PhD
  • 1988 – Michel Mirowski, MD
  • 1987 – Leslie A. Geddes, ME, PhD
  • 1985 – Dwight E. Harken, MD
  • 1984 – Clarence Dennis
  • 1983 – Charles A. Mistretta, PhD
  • 1982 – Wilson Greatbatch, PE
  • 1981 – Reginald C. Eggleton
  • 1980 – Martin H. Wilcox
  • 1979 – Norman J. Holter, DSc
  • 1978 – Godfrey N. Hounsfield
  • 1977 – Willem Johan Kolff, MD, PhD
  • 1976 – Robert F. Rushmer, MD
  • 1975 – Barouh V. Berkovits