The “Care” in Healthcare: 2021 UNIVANTS Winners

Honoring healthcare experts who demonstrate exceptional care that impacts patients, health systems and more.

Strategy and Strength|Jun.16, 2022

Abbott, along with other global health industry leaders, announced the winners of the 2021 UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence awards . The advancements made by these innovative healthcare leaders are especially meaningful for patients, communities and healthcare professionals as the healthcare institutions around the world remain dedicated to managing healthcare.

The 2021 winning teams are recognized for their exceptional outcomes across various segments of healthcare, including hospitals, laboratories and clinics. The best practices spanned innovative areas of unmet needs with representation from every region of the world, including both emerging and established markets.

"Aligning innovators in healthcare is key to form avant-garde solutions," said John Frels, Ph.D., vice president of research and development for Abbott's diagnostics division. "We congratulate all the participating teams and honor the strategic programs that helped to achieve improved outcomes for patients, payors, clinicians and health systems."

Award Winners Driving Innovation and Integration Across Healthcare Teams

The UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence awards recognize teams who collaborate across disciplines and transform healthcare delivery and, ultimately, patient lives.

The UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence award was developed in 2018 through strategic collaborations between Abbott and seven other leading healthcare organizations who have partnered together to inspire and recognize integrated clinical care teams who have achieved exceptional outcomes in healthcare. The founding program partners include the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), AACC (former American Association for Clinical Chemistry), EHMA (European Health Management Association), Modern Healthcare, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE); each in partnership with Abbott.

Top Global Winners

  • Banner Health and Laboratory Sciences of Arizona:Utilizing an Innovative Approach to Process Improvement in the Era of a Global Pandemic and the Great Resignation: Rapidly Improving Timeliness of Laboratory Test Results for Multidisciplinary Rounds in an Acute Care Setting
  • Croydon University Hospital: Sustained 97% Opt-out HIV testing in the Emergency Department: Getting to Zero AIDS
  • Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital: Enhancing Personalized Care for Heart Failure Patients: A Risk-Scoring EMR Model

Recognition of Distinction

  • King Abdulaziz Medical City – Jeddah:  Improving Morbidity and Mortality in Patients with Sepsis
  • Medcan Health Management Inc.: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in a Large Client Population Through Proactive, Cost-Effective and Enhanced Identification of Cardiovascular Risk Using a Novel Laboratory Test
  • UCHW NHS Trust and Warwick Medical School: Improving COVID Clinical and Translational Challenges Via Multidiscipline Integrated Diagnostics Networks

Recognition of Achievement

  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:  Improved Patient Pathway for Diagnosis, Follow Up and Monitoring of Multiple Myeloma (MM): A Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration to Improve the Pathway from the Initial Request to Long-Term Monitoring
  • King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center: Improving Safety, Confidence, and Clinical Care of Cancer Patient Through Screening Healthcare Workers for Neutralizing COVID-19 IgG Antibodies and Establishing a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Bank at KHCC
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute:  Early Diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury in Hospitalized Patients with Comorbidities
  • University Hospital Centre Zagreb & Polyclinic Avitum: Renal Osteodystrophy Monitoring by Monthly PTH Determination in Hemodialysis CKD-MBD Patients
  • UOC Medicina Trasfusionale AOOR Villa Sofia-Cervello:  Early Detection of Unsuspected Cardiovascular Risk in Asymptomatic Blood Donors
  • Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital:  Enhanced Discrimination of Myocardial Injury in a Pediatric Population Using Age-Specific Biomarker Reference Intervals
  • Zulekha Hospital Dubai:  Optimizing the Care, Safety and Wellness of Patients with Known Diabetes Through Laboratory Medicine and a 5-Stage Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Care Pathway


The UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence awards recognize integrated clinical care teams that work together to achieve better health system performance through new technology, insights and solutions. These “Unifiers” have stepped up to drive collaboration and have demonstrated in exemplary fashion the following:

  • Solving problems with an avant-garde approach
  • Using lab intelligence to achieve measurably better outcomes
  • Transforming healthcare delivery with measurable impact to patients, clinicians, payors and entire health systems

The award program is open to all healthcare professionals and teams globally regardless of affiliation with Abbott or any partner of the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence program. All partners, excluding Abbott, evaluate submissions and select winners. 2022 submissions begin August 1. For more information on the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Awards, visit