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Minnesota and Pennsylvania Hospital Associations Recognized for Leadership in Quality Improvement


WASHINGTON (June 10, 2015) – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is the 2015 recipient of the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced today. The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) was selected as an honorable mention for the 2015 award. The award, given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts, will be presented July 23 at the 2015 Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco. 

“Providing quality care and keeping patients safe is paramount for all hospitals,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “The leadership shown by the Minnesota and Pennsylvania state hospital associations and their members should be emulated by all hospitals and health systems as they strive to provide quality care and improve patient safety.”

MHA has implemented innovative quality and patient safety efforts through projects such as the Reducing Avoidable Readmission Effectively (RARE) campaign, the MHA-Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and the Adverse Drug Events Roadmap, which have been sustained statewide and replicated nationally. MHA executed these programs through its dedicated staff, strong leadership and membership and partner participation.

Through these and other programs, Minnesota’s hospitals significantly reduced patient harm and readmissions, saving millions in excess costs, reaching unprecedented levels of statewide collaboration and partnership, and achieving successes on leading-edge quality topics. MHA’s initiatives touched nearly every patient in the state – at least 97 percent of all hospital admissions statewide have been impacted by one of MHA’s projects, leading to lives saved and thousands of patients spending more nights at home. Work to prevent pressure ulcers; eliminate early elective deliveries; reduce preventable hospital readmissions; create a safety culture; prevent falls; prevent healthcare associated infections and adverse drug events have saved more than 13,000 patients from harm and more than $93 million in health care costs from 2010 through 2013.

HAP’s dedication to patient and quality safety is a prominent strategic objective for the organization and is supported by strong leadership and board support. Through strong partnerships and collaborations, HAP has developed, supported and sustained statewide and nationally replicated initiatives through programs such as Surgical Site Infection Reduction, which focused on MRSA and MSSA, and the PA-HEN that focused on preventable readmissions, all-cause harm and the development of an Opioid assessment tool.

“The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award Committee honors the critical work state associations do to improve quality and patent safety. As chair of the committee, it’s my pleasure to honor Minnesota and Pennsylvania for their leadership, innovative approaches and commitment to delivering quality care. They are role models for the entire field,” said Joanne Carrocino, president and CEO, Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Court House, N.J., and chair of the AHA Davidson Award Committee.

The award is named for AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, who strongly promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement during his tenure as AHA president and as president of the Maryland Hospital Association. Applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary award committee that includes hospital association executives, hospital and health system clinical and operational leaders and a representative from a national, non-AHA organization involved in quality and performance improvement. Information on the award and how to apply is available on AHA's website.


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