Katherine Auger Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Child Health Services Research

For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2016
Raina Sheth

Washington D.C. (6/15/2016)—Today, AcademyHealth’s Child Health Services Research Interest Group and Nemours named Dr. Katherine Auger, M.D., M.S., as the recipient of the 2016 Nemours Child Health Services Research Award. The award recognizes the scientific work of emerging scholars in the field of child health services research with expertise in the quality improvement of pediatric health services.

The Nemours Child Health Services Research Award commends the work of early-career child health services researchers, with a maximum of seven years of experience. As a part of this award, Dr. Auger will receive $1,000 in recognition of her contributions and will be presented with the award at the 2016 Child Health Services Research Interest Group Meeting on June 25 in Boston, held in conjunction with AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting.

Dr. Katherine Auger is currently a pediatric hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has examined pediatric readmission both broadly across diagnoses as well as specifically for asthma. She has published a validated method of identifying pediatric unplanned readmission in administrative data and a systematic review of discharge interventions to prevent readmission. She has also participated in and led work groups through the Children’s Hospital Association to examine national patterns of readmission using Potentially Preventable Readmissions Software, which is frequently used by state Medicaid offices to examine readmission. She is the only pediatrician serving on the National Quality Forum’s All Cause Admissions and Readmissions expert committee.

Dr. Auger’s research seeks to understand reasons for pediatric hospitalizations and ways to potentially avoid unnecessary inpatient stays. Her training included both a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.

About AcademyHealth

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About Nemours

Nemours is dedicated to providing treatment and curative services to acutely and chronically ill children. Caring for more than 225,000 children each year during more than 870,000 patient visits, Nemours is one of the nation's largest pediatric subspecialty group practices. This is in addition to many ongoing research and education programs conducted at Nemours. Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., as well as four major children's specialty centers in Wilmington, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Pensacola, Fla. For more information about Nemours, visit www.nemours.org.

About the Annual Research Meeting

For over 30 years, AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting has been the premier forum for health services research, where more than 2,500 attendees gather to discuss the health policy and health system implications of research findings, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The 2016 Annual Research Meeting is being held June 26-28 in Boston.