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

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

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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

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

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

Become a donor and promote the gift of hope in April and throughout the year

AHA News

April is National Donate Life Month, when the AHA encourages everyone to consider becoming organ, eye and tissue donors.

The AHA every year joins Donate Life America and others in supporting National Donate Life Month. We hope you will join the association in supporting this nationwide campaign. 

Nearly... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Community benefit, Community health

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

Hospitals aim for equity of care

AHA News

AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize winners are recognized for making impressive strides toward the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims of safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.

But achieving more equitable care can be a challenge even for the cream of... read more

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

Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award

AHA News

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) received the 2015 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality.

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) was an honorable mention for the 2015 award. The award, given to... read more

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

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