Awards and Recognitions | NCAHQ

NCAHQ has been recognized in the past by NAHQ for excellence in education. To this day, NCAHQ continues its commitment to the values of lifelong learning and recognition of organizational and personal achievement in the field of quality.


Carol Benge, RN, BS, CPHQ, Recipient of the 2018 NCAHQ Quality Professional Award

Carol Benge, RN, BS, CPHQ, is a Quality and Organizational Excellence leader for the department of Nursing Quality and Research at the University of North Carolina Hospitals (UNCH) in Chapel Hill, NC. She has worked for the organization for over 20 years and is a dedicated quality improvement professional. In her current role, Carol is responsible for leading and coaching various improvement initiatives related to the division of nursing. In 2014 Carol was awarded Nurse of the year by the division of nursing for her leadership and dedication to quality. She was also the recipient of the Plus People Award. Carol truly embodies the spirit of continuous improvement, not just in her work, but also in her commitment to professional development. Carol is a certified lean six sigma green belt and has recently completed advanced training in lean methodology. Carol has contributed to the quality improvement body of knowledge by co-authoring an article published in the American Heart Journal and has been accepted for multiple national poster presentations. Carol is truly an expert in nursing quality and not only does the quality team rely on her expertise but so does the entire division of nursing. She is dedicated to her practice, has extensive experience, and a profound attention to detail that is easily overlooked by others. Not only is Carol an expert with the data, but she is also an excellent coach, leader, and teacher.


Past Recipients of the NCAHQ Quality Professional Award:

2017 Dr. Joan Wynn - Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer with Vidant Health. 

2016 Amy Bell, MSN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, CPHQ - Quality Outcomes Specialist at Carolinas Healthcare System 


HQF Grant Programs

The Healthcare Quality Foundation (HQF) manages a comprehensive grant program that supports individual education. Donations raised throughout the year from individuals, states, and companies fund the HQF grant program.

Each May, the HQF team awards up to 15 individual grants to deserving applicants. Those grants include funds to attend the NAHQ Annual Educational Conference and other NAHQ educational programs or to pay for CPHQ certification examination or review costs.

Learn more about these grants at NAHQ.