July 18, 2014


Sure Progress on Safety

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

A hearty congratulations to every hospital active in a hospital engagement network (HEN). The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that, together, you have contributed to preventing nearly 15,000 deaths, avoided 560,000 patient injuries and saved approximately $4 billion. Some have raised questions about the progress we are making in improving quality and safety in America’s hospitals; here are the numbers, and they are impressive, but there’s still much to do. Most important is that the program has helped the hospital field develop the infrastructure, expertise and organizational culture that will support further safety improvements for years to come. And next week, the nation’s hospitals will gather at the AHA and Health Forum Leadership Summit in San Diego to compare notes, share best practices and push these collaborative efforts forward once again, all for the benefit of our patients!

Thanks,
Rich

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