Celebrating, Week by Week
Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO
Last week, 450 quality and safety leaders gathered to kick off the AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network to decrease preventable harm by 40% and preventable readmissions by 20% by 2013. This week - and every week - 2.4 million of our neighbors received emergency care at America's hospitals; 73,400 babies were born; 525,000 surgeries were performed; and 676,000 admitted patients received care. And this week - National Hospital Week - we will celebrate these and other ways hospitals are improving, are collaborating for better patient care and are joining together as advocates for patients and communities at the 2012 AHA Annual Membership Meeting here in Washington. We'll have lots of positive stories to tell when we go to Capitol Hill together. I hope you will join us.