Brainy Camps teaches special needs kids how to be smart about managing illness

AHA News

Brainy Camps is a funny name. But this summer camp is serious about teaching kids with special needs to live wisely.

Brainy Camps does more than allow children to experience bunk beds and rope courses every summer. It has helped children with chronic illness learn how to control their disease by building... read more

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

Sutter Davis Hospital's volunteer doulas are a welcome presence for expectant moms

AHA News

Tina Lyon is a comforting presence for expectant parents at Sutter Davis (Calif.) Hospital. As a volunteer doula, she calmly coaches moms – and their friends and family members – through child birth.

“Seeing that moment of birth when this couple becomes a family is the most rewarding part of what I do,”... read more

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

Maryland Hospital Association recognized for quality leadership

AHA News

The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is the 2016 recipient of the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality, the AHA announced June 14.

The AHA presents the award each year to a state, regional or metropolitan hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality care

Fee-for-service rules impede new care delivery models, says AHA trustee Walsh

AHA News

The Class of 2018 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

As hospitals and post-acute care providers (PAC) partner in the transition toward a more integrated, value-based delivery system, they need the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove regulatory barriers... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate

AHA News

By Betsy Ryan

 Hospitals and health systems across southern New Jersey were faced with a challenge that has turned into an opportunity. They conducted a joint community health needs assessment which reinforced what each hospital was reporting anecdotally: Emergency department visits with primary or... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, care coordination

Putting patients first earns Cleveland Clinic the AHA Equity of Care Award

AHA News

Cleveland Clinic’s mantra is “patients first,” says Brian Donley, M.D., the health system’s chief of staff. And he says his organization can’t put patients first unless it “understands the needs of our patients and the barriers to getting them the care that they need.”

In Cleveland Clinic’s case, that... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, awards

AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

AHA News

The AHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) June 7 issued a new patient education resource on prescription opioids that outlines evidence-based information about the risks and side effects of the powerful painkillers.

The two-page resource is designed to encourage discussions between... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: opioids

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific eases patients' pain with art from the heart

AHA News

You find a mix of current and former patients in the art studio at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific in Honolulu – a program that for more than two decades has eased patients’ pain through art.

“A lot of them have never painted before,” says Reuben Young, the hospital’s art instructor. He says... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections

Hospital-led Prescribe Safe initiative takes action against opioid painkiller misuse

AHA News

Every day in the United States 44 people will die of overdose from prescription opioids – deaths that have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reb Close, M.D., an emergency department (ED) physician at the Community Hospital of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, opioids

South Philadelphia's immigrants have a bridge to better health - and life

AHA News

Thousands of uninsured Latino and other immigrants in South Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods go to Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health) for health care, wellness – and hope of a better life.

Since 2003, Puentes has provided low-cost primary health care, plus a range of social and educational... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

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