The Fourth Martin L Block Award for Clinical Innovation & Excellence

Michelle Lupoli, RN

At the 11th Annual RISE Nashville summit on March 8, 2017, our fourth special recognition award was presented in an annual recognition for clinical innovation and excellence at the RISE national program. This year’s award winner was Michelle Lupoli, RN, Vice President of Medical Management for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.  

The award is named after Dr. Martin Block, an internal medicine practitioner and medical director at Optum, who passed away in November 2013. The award was inspired by the life of Dr. Block whose work displayed a great passion for improving the quality of healthcare through his role in administrative medicine over a long and distinguished career.  

This award was approved by the RISE Executive Advisory Board and the Sponsor Advisory Board as an annual event beginning in March 2014. The idea is to provide recognition to individuals who meet the following criteria:

1) Nominee must work within the clinical field as physician or mid-level practitioner or otherwise clinically credentialed

2) Nominee can work for a healthplan, Accountable Care Organization or Vendor/Supplier to the healthcare marketplace

3) Nominee must have fulfilled one of the following criteria:

  1. Contributed to significant process improvement in clinical care
  2. Dedicated more than 10 years to clinical practice

4) Be nominated and presented to the Martin L Block Award nominating committee with a minimum of 2 nominations. 

So begin thinking about individuals whom you may know that are deserving of this type of recognition and accolade, and stay tuned for further announcements.

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