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Mayfield Tapped to Lead Quality Center

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today named a Georgia health care quality expert, Stephen Mayfield, to head the AHA Quality Center™, a new resource that will be available to the hospital field this spring. 

Mayfield’s appointment is the latest action in a process that began last year when the AHA Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Quality Center as a resource designed to help hospitals accelerate their quality improvement processes to achieve better outcomes and improve organizational performance.  In collaboration with leading quality improvement stakeholders, it will bring together knowledge, expertise and demonstrated methods in quality and patient safety from across the hospital field.

Mayfield will join the AHA March 1 and guide the Center’s further development and implementation.  His official title is senior vice president, quality and performance improvement, and director, AHA Quality Center. 

George Lynn, president of AtlantiCare and the AHA Board chairman when the Center was conceived, called Mayfield “a perfect fit.”

 “Steve’s commitment and strong belief in improving patient safety and quality of care, and his deep involvement in the Georgia Hospital Association’s sterling quality program are testament to his ability to lead us in accelerating the creation and enhancement of quality improvement programs.” Lynn said. “The AHA wants to connect hospital leaders with successful practices and their peers in order to help hospitals deliver higher quality, safer care.”

Mayfield comes to AHA from Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Ga., a recognized leader in performance improvement, safety and patient satisfaction.  In addition to having directed the quality and patient safety programs at several hospitals and health systems, Mayfield has been active in the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability, the statewide patient safety program.  He spearheaded many of the successful quality initiatives as Chair of the Best Practices Committee and on the Partnership’s Advisory Council over the past five years.

In addition to his service with the hospital association, Mayfield is active in the American Society for Quality and the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is certified in Lean and Six Sigma methods. He serves on the board of the United Way of Northeast Georgia. 

Mayfield earned his bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and his master’s degree in international business from Emory Goinzueta Business School.

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