Call for Nominations: The 10th Annual Lewis W. Blackman Awards

The Lewis W. Blackman Awards were established to celebrate the individual achievements of patient safety champions in South Carolina and to establish a benchmark of excellence in health care quality and patient safety for our state. This award is named in honor of Lewis Wardlaw Blackman, a bright, gifted 15-year-old who died following an elective surgical procedure in 2000 due to complications that stemmed from a medical error. Helen Haskell, Lewis’s mother, has provided inspiration for these awards through her tireless and meaningful work to promote patient safety and quality improvement across this state and nation.

We are now looking for nominations to honor those individuals who have advanced patient safety and health care quality in South Carolina! There are five separate categories in which individuals may be nominated: The Caregiver Award; The Healthcare Executive Award; The Patient Advocate Award; The Innovations and Research Award; and The Student Award.

To complete a nomination, just fill out a short form with a brief narrative about the nominee and any additional documentation at

These awards were formed in collaboration with the Transforming Health Symposium; Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC); PHT Services, Ltd. (PHTS); the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA); and Mothers Against Medical Error (MAME).

Award winners will be recognized during the April 12, 2017 Transforming Health Symposium awards luncheon at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Please contact Diana Zona at or 803.744.3511 with any questions or comments regarding the Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards Program.

Submit your nomination now!

Upload your nomination form at

Deadline: March 1, 2017