The associate chief medical officer of HonorHealth Medical Group in Arizona received the Dr. Martin L. Block Award for Innovation & Excellence on Wednesday, March 9 at RISE National 2022 in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN, March 10, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — RISE is pleased to announce that Tiffany C. Pankow, M.D., associate chief medical officer of HonorHealth Medical Group, was awarded the Dr. Martin L. Block Award for Innovation & Excellence at RISE National 2022.

The Dr. Martin L. Block Award is a prestigious accolade presented annually at RISE National that acknowledges an individual’s effort to advance the lives of America’s seniors through clinical leadership, policy vision, and by superior example of the RISE mission to promote continuous improvement in the health care system.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Martin L. Block who passed away in October 2013 of brain cancer at the age of 62. Dr. Block was a regular speaker at RISE National and an expert in the risk adjustment industry.

Dr. Pankow was chosen out of a field of 13 nominees for this year’s award for her work addressing food insecurity, screening patients for social determinants of health, and ensuring vaccine equity and roll out vaccination clinics at Black churches and community centers. Finalists included Richard Ferguson, M.D., chief medical officer, Health Choice, Utah; George Rapier, M.D, founder, chairman, and CEO, WellMed Medical Management; and Karmen Stephens, PharmD, vice president, clinical, Consana.

In her nomination, Dr. Pankow was touted as a strong contender for the award because of her long-standing dedication to excellence, spirit of continuous improvement, and her commitment to equity across HonorHealth, a community-based, nonprofit teaching hospital system that includes six acute care hospitals, HonorHealth Medical Group, a research institute, cancer center, 11 graduate medical education programs, center for nursing education, and a robust community benefit program addressing the social determinants of health.

“She has a strong commitment to improving patient care via changing the systems of care,” wrote Priya Radhakrishnan, M.D., vice president, chief academic officer, social determinants of health (SDoH) and health equity at HonorHealth, in the nomination. “As health care is at such difficult crossroads due to the pandemic, Dr. Pankow is the leader’s leader. She has led several successful innovative large scale system wide projects that impact millions of patient lives and hundreds of clinicians.”

Dr. Pankow also leads several process improvement initiatives, including the medical assistant training programs, physician, and provider wellbeing via improving workflows and in basket reduction programs to improve the clinical team’s workflows and reduce the stress and burdens that contribute to burn out.

She has served in several leadership positions, including regional medical director, and actively participated in committees such as the medical staff practitioner wellness committee, peer support committee, advisory board to innovation care partners, and most recently the women physicians’ leadership council.

“On a personal front, she is highly motivated and is a servant leader who has touched the lives of numerous patients with exceptional care,” Dr. Radhakrishnan wrote in the nomination. “She has made a significant impact on the physician practice and the care of patients in her community. She is a strong supporter of team-based care, and her personal leadership style has been instrumental in championing projects that are extraordinarily challenging.”

About the Dr. Martin L. Block Award
The Dr. Martin L. Block Award is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant impact in the lives of America’s seniors through clinical leadership, policy vision, and through superior example of the RISE mission to promote continuous improvement in the health care system. Eligibility requirements include the following:

1) Nominee must work within the clinical field as an MD, NP, RN, PA, DO or otherwise clinically credentialed
2) Nominee should work for a Health Plan, Provider Organization, Accountable Care Organization or Vendor/Supplier in the health care marketplace
3) Nominee must have fulfilled one of the following criteria: contributed to significant process improvement in the care of seniors and/or dedicated 10+ years to exemplary work in this industry

Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 award. Nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2022. The award recipient will be presented at RISE National 2023 on March 6-8, 2023 in Colorado Springs.

RISE is the premier community for health care professionals who aspire to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by the emerging landscape of accountable care and government health care reform. Recognized industry wide as the number one source for information on risk adjustment and quality improvement within health care, RISE strives to serve the community on four fronts: networking, education, industry intelligence and career development. Through cutting-edge conferences, online courses, in-house training, webinars as well as an association comprised of over 2,500 members, RISE provides professionals with industry insights and critical information they need to stay ahead of the curve. RISE produces more than 30 conferences annually, focused on sophisticated topics and ample networking opportunities for thousands of executives from mid- to senior-level and C-suite. Our team of subject matter experts is often first to market with emerging topics, and we pride ourselves on consistently delivering on top quality operations and logistics to produce a seamless event.

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