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

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

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

Senior volunteers help other seniors with questions on insurance coverage

AHA News

John McDonough, 81, this June will celebrate his 20th year as a volunteer for UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital’s “Senior Health Insurance Information Program” (SHIIP) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Through SHIIP, he and other volunteers have helped thousands of area seniors sort through information on... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community health, Community Connections, patient and family engagement

Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

AHA News

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

Hospitals need to meet challenge of consumerism, says UUHC's Entwistle

AHA News

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

Patients want reliable, understandable information about the cost and quality of their care, says AHA board member David Entwistle, CEO of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) in Salt Lake City.

Openly... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership, patient and family engagement

Bringing animal kingdom to young patients

AHA News

Any stay in the hospital or visit to a clinic can be tough on children and their parents, but San Diego Zoo Kids TV hopes a little fuzzy company makes it easier to handle.

The commercial-free kids program runs on televisions in 16 children’s hospitals around the country. Sanford Health’s children’s... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community Connections, patient and family engagement

Equity expert says field can end disparities

AHA News

Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, a 2014 AHA Equity of Care Award recipient, is working to ensure that all its patients receive high-quality care, and that the organization reflects the community it serves. The hospital’s Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) offers tools and resources to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, population health, equity, patient and family engagement

#123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign

AHA News

Click here to view a video message from AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and AHA Chair-elect Designate Gene Woods, president and chief operating officer of Christus Health, on the #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities.

The AHA is urging every hospital to commit to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality care, population health, Community health, equity, patient and family engagement

Hospitals pledge to eliminate health care disparities

AHA News

More than 700 hospitals have signed onto the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities, the association recently announced.

In addition, the AHA noted that a number of partner organizations have endorsed the campaign, first announced at July’s Health Forum-AHA... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, leadership, members, patient and family engagement

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