Baldrige names two health care organizations as 2016 National Quality Award recipients

AHA News

Each morning Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital managers and directors participate in a safety huddle to address any operations concerns or anticipated issues.

It’s part of an organizational culture that fosters workforce engagement, open communication and high performance, and it has helped... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

Helping abused children heal

AHA News

The youngsters enrolled in the preschool program at Cincinnati (Ohio) Children’s Medical Center are not your ordinary kids. Everyone is a victim of serious abuse or neglect.

The Therapeutic Interagency Preschool (TIP) program uses psychiatrists, mental health, speech, and occupational and physical... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, Community health, Community Connections

Tanner Health's Get Healthy, Live Well grows strong roots in rural communities

AHA News

Fried chicken is out at Antioch Baptist Church’s Sunday and Wednesday night dinners – replaced by lots of vegetables, baked chicken and fruit.

“When you look at your health and spiritual side, if you can get those two in synch, it makes life worth living,” says Rev. Vincent Dortch, pastor of the church... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

How one hospital is applying public health interventions in effort to curb gun violence

AHA News

Discovering that people treated for gunshot wounds in your hospital are 21 times more likely to get shot again and wind up back in the hospital is a disturbing statistic. It disturbed Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and the city of Seattle enough to launch a pilot gun violence-intervention program at... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

Game app eases young patients' fears

AHA News

The hospital can be a scary place for anyone – especially children. Big machines, doctors in masks, and new places can seem like monsters to kids. 

So St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa has turned to technology to ease its young patients' fears. The hospital has released “UnMonsters,” a free game... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: child health, Community Connections, patient and family engagement

Memorial Hermann's dental care on wheels gives brighter smiles to underserved kids

AHA News

The number one childhood disease isn’t leukemia or allergies or even asthma. It’s dental disease, according to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

It is preventable, but, of course, only if the child sees a dentist. More kids are in Houston because of a partnership between Memorial Hermann... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

Living its values earns rural hospital the AHA's Living the Vision award

AHA News

CEO Tom Crowley says Saint Elizabeth Medical Center’s efforts to create a culture of wellness throughout rural Wabasha County, Minn., is a way for the 20-bed critical access hospital to achieve its mission and live its values.

“It is a very important part of our ministry,” Crowley says. “It has been... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, awards

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

AHA News

Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

ES teams benefit from AHE's new certification program

AHA News

Health care organizations are giving high marks to the Association for Healthcare Environment (AHE), an AHA personal membership group, for its certification program that validates environmental services (ES) technicians’ competencies and skill. 

They say the certification program – Certified... read more

Topic: Community Health

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