Quality & Patient Safety
Hospitals engage in an array of collaborative activities designed to improve the quality and safety of the care they provide. The increasing amount of credible and actionable information that has become available through public reporting efforts has helped spur improvements.
While it is worth celebrating the improvements in patient safety and quality, such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries, it also is imperative that hospitals continue to strive for better performance. Public policies can further facilitate or impede hospitals’ efforts to improve quality, which is why the AHA and its member hospitals work closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission and other national accreditation bodies.
As hospitals and health systems continue to look for ways to advance quality of care while lowering costs, the AHA has taken a leadership role in supplying information to hospitals to help them further improve the work they do. Read on to find out more.
The 2022 Quest for Quality Award Honorees
The American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize recognizes health care leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing health in communities. The honorees for 2022 excelled in delivering quality health care for their communities during the most difficult of times. The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that University Hospitals, a comprehensive health system with more than 20 hospitals, 50+ health centers and more than 200 physician offices serving northern Ohio, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize, WellSpan Health and Ochsner Medical Center will be honored as finalists while NorthShore University HealthSystem will receive the Citation of Merit.. The award, supported by a grant from RLDatix, was presented during the AHA Leadership Summit. For more information, visit www.aha.org/about/awards/quest-for-quality.
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