CLEMSON — Amanda Hobbs, an industrial engineering student at Clemson University, received the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champions Student Award at the annual Transforming Health Symposium put on by the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Amanda Hobbs

Amanda Hobbs

“This year’s recipients have championed the cause of patient safety at all levels of the South Carolina health-care system through leadership, innovation, execution and tireless advocacy,” said Thornton Kirby, Hospital Association president and CEO. “Their work and dedication are reflections of the great work that is being done in our state.”

Hobbs, of Fort Myers, Fla., became interested  in health-care improvement in her childhood when a congenital abnormality was initially misdiagnosed by several physicians. She joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Clemson chapter as a freshman and began to explore the health-care quality and patient-safety movement.

She will present her first paper, “Including Patients and Families on Health Care Teams: A Literature Review,” at the 2014 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference in Montreal this summer.

Sponsored by the Hospital Association, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina, Mothers Against Medical Errors (MAME) and PHT Services Ltd., the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Awards are named in honor of Lewis Wardlaw Blackman, a Columbia boy whose life was cut short in 2000 as the result of potentially preventable medical complications after an elective surgical procedure.

The Student Award was established in 2008 and is awarded to a student who demonstrates notable leadership, commitment and innovation in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety.

The South Carolina Hospital Association, founded 1921, is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health-care systems.

— Blake Bachara, Class of 2014