Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

AHA News

The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Advancing health equity is part of Henry Ford Health System's deep-rooted community connections

AHA News

The AHA Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) commitment to advancing health equity and fostering diversity is one reason why AHA board member Wright Lassiter III joined the organization as system president in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community Connections, equity, culture of safety, governance, leadership

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

AHA's HRET, others receive contracts to continue HAC, readmissions progress

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 29 awarded $347 million in contracts to 16 organizations, including the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), to continue efforts to reduce hospital- acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.

The Hospital Improvement... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, QIO, Partnership for Patients, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

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

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

Apply for AHA quality leadership award

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The AHA invites hospital associations to apply through Jan. 22 for the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership. Named after AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, the annual award honors a state, regional or metropolitan hospital association that demonstrates... read more

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

Hospital's journey to excellence leads to Baldrige award

AHA News

2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System began its Baldrige journey 15 years ago, because it “had an absolute obligation to our community to be the best we could possibly be,” says CAMC President and CEO David Ramsey.

“We are somewhat... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

Evidence-based care, changing culture enhances patient safety

AHA News

By Jennifer Towne
 
Patient safety and quality initiatives in a hospital unit are one thing. Developing a system-wide approach to improving patient safety is a whole other thing. 
 
Leaders at Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Kennedy Health set about to do just that – decrease hospital-acquired sepsis rates by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

Hospital star rating system comment deadline approaching

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting comments through Sept. 14 on its proposed star rating system for overall hospital-level quality. CMS recently added star ratings for patient experience survey measures to Hospital Compare, and plans to add overall star ratings to the website... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, culture of safety

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