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

Hospital leaders share equity and diversity strategies at AHA-Joint Commission forum

AHA News

More than 50 health care leaders discussed strategies to improve health equity and eliminate health care disparities at an AHA-Joint Commission summit Sept. 16 in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.  

“Pinpointing why disparities in care exist and eliminating them must be a priority in every health care... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity

Long-term investment in depressed community brings positive returns

AHA News

When Bon Secours Hampton Roads (Va.) Health System’s healthy community initiative began in Norfolk’s East Ocean View neighborhood seven years ago, the prospects for reviving this coastal southeastern Virginia community of 4,500 residents seemed bleak.

Once a destination for beach and amusement... read more

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

Spectrum Health-led partnership gets infants off to a healthier start

AHA News

Community leaders called the 2003 report a wakeup call for Michigan’s Kent County. The county’s Infant Fetal Mortality Review reported an exceptionally high black infant mortality rate: 22.4 deaths per 1,000 births, the highest black infant mortality rate of any municipality in the state.

“That... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community Connections

Keeping teens from being repeat victims of gunshot, knife wounds

AHA News

Mark Gestring, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center (URMC), was fed up seeing teenagers arrive at the trauma center to be treated for gunshot or knife wounds, only to return weeks or months later with more serious or fatal injuries.

He was fed up, but he didn’t give... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections

2016 AHA award winners honored at Leadership Summit

AHA News

The 2016 Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit, held July 17-19 in San Diego, brought together health care leaders to discuss ways to transform the delivery system for better quality and value; improve alignment between providers, physicians and payers; and achieve greater clinical integration. The... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tag: awards

Enos Park collaborative brings hope and better health to a neighborhood in need

AHA News

When 2016 McKesson Quest for Quality Prize recipient Memorial Medical Center teamed up with St. John’s Hospital and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health to conduct a comprehensive community health needs assessment two years ago, both hospitals saw an opportunity to make a difference in their... read more

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

AHA NOVA Award winners honored at Summit

AHA News

Five hospital-led partnerships to improve community health received 2016 AHA NOVA Awards July 19 at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

The winning programs are Baylor Scott & White Health’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute (DHWI) at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center in... read more

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

Leadership, culture, innovation makes Memorial Medical Center tops in quality

AHA News

Strong leadership, a culture that fosters continuous improvements in care and innovations that hold the promise of transforming clinical training and enhancing patient safety have earned Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., the 2016 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

The AHA July 17 presented... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Community health, awards, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

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