The IHF Awards 2019 winners were announced in an awards ceremony on November 8, during the 43rd World Hospital Congress. Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital from Taiwan won the most coveted Gold Award for the IHF/Dr. Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award for their project, ‘A comprehensive and sequential solution enhancing the quality care of acute myocardial infarction.'

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“Choosing the winners this year has been particularly difficult because of the very high standards and quality of all submitted entries,” said Dr Lawrence Lai, Honorary Member of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and a chair of the international jury. “This year, we’ve come up with what I believe to be the best set of winners from a good spread of countries.” Dr Lai stressed that some countries were doing better than others and extended his heartiest congratulations to the UAE, a winner of five awards this year.

Since the Awards was first presented in Chicago, USA in 2015, the IHF has been recognising hospitals and healthcare organisations for their excellence, innovations, and outstanding achievements in the healthcare industry. This year, it attracted 121 entries from 34 countries. As a result of an extensive review by the jury of health leaders from around the world, 27 finalists were selected which have now received the IHF/Dr. Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award and Excellence Awards in Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, and Quality & Safety and Patient-centered Care (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit).

Gold winners

  • Gold Award in the IHF/Bionexo Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility:
    Tulungagung Dr. Iskak General Hospital from Indonesia for their project ‘Public Safety Centre.’
  • Gold Award in the IHF Excellence Award for Leadership and Management in Healthcare:
    Ministry of Health & Prevention from the UAE for their project ‘Performance and Clinical Excellence program (PaCE).’
  • Gold Award in the IHF/Austco Excellence Award for Quality & Safety and Patient-centered Care:
    India’s Apollo Health & Lifestyle Ltd. for their project ‘Apollo Safety Development Model: Building a Culture of Safety at Apollo Specialty Hospitals.’

Gold Winners were invited to present in a special session during the Congress to share their winning programmes.

View the full list of winners here.


About the WHC

The World Hospital Congress of the IHF is a unique global forum where leaders of hospital and healthcare organisations from all over the world meet and share their vision on issues of policy, management, finance and solutions in their field. The 43rd World Hospital Congress with the theme ‘People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis’ took place in the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6–9 November 2019, and was hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman.


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