The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) awarded Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland’s Cystic Fibrosis Center with its 2012 Quality Care Award.

The award recognizes “CF centers committed to improving the quality of patient care and providing better health outcomes for people with the life-threatening genetic disease,” according to CFF.

“Our care for these patients has changed tremendously in the last few decades,” said Karen Hardy, MD, medical director of Children’s Oakland’s CF clinic and the division of Pulmonary Medicine. “Advanced research has led to diagnosis at birth through newborn screening and the development of new treatments that are keeping children healthier and out of the hospital.”

Children’s Hospital Oakland’s CF center was recognized for its “continuous attention to quality in education, respiratory care, and infection control, and a high performance during a rigorous, two-day site visit to the center last year by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”