AHA Quest for Quality Prize

The 2020 application process is now closed!

Check back in May 2020 to learn more about the 2021 application process and to download the application. Please contact Cecily Pew at 312-422-2749 or cpew@aha.org if you have any questions in the meantime.


The $75,000 Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to recognize health care leadership and innovation in providing and improving quality and advancing health in communities.

Who Should Apply

Hospitals and health systems committed to advancing health by

  • Providing access to exceptional quality, safe and patient- and family-centered care that promotes individual and community well-being
  • Partnering with other community organizations and agencies to improve the health status of their communities
  • Developing new models of care, services, and collaboration
  • Partnering with patients and families to design the patient care experience and engage them fully in their health

Quest for Quality Honorees inspire other hospitals and systems with the story of their journey, their accomplishments, and their aspirations.

Readiness

How do you know if your organization is “ready” to apply?

The quest for quality is a journey without end; you should apply if your organization is striving to achieve the five commitments to

  • Access: Access to affordable, equitable health, behavioral and social services
  • Health: Focus on holistic well-being in partnership with community resources
  • Innovation: Seamless care propelled by teams, technology, innovation and data
  • Affordability: The best care that adds value to lives
  • Individual as Partner: Recognize the diversity of individuals and serve as partners in their health

Hospitals and systems tells us that going through the application process was valuable in and of itself — it led to amazing discoveries about their own organization, their dedicated teams, and their best practices and innovation.

In 2020, the Quest for Quality Prize will recognize up to five organizations:

  • $75,000 Winner
  • Up to two $12,500 Finalists
  • Up to four Citations of Merit

2019 Quest for Quality Honorees

2019 Winner: Richmond University Medical Center


2019 Winner: Atrium Health


2019 Winner Carolinas Rehabilitation


2019 Finalist: Mission Health


Citation of Merit: Richmond Univ. Medical Center


Past Honorees

Related Resources

Testimony
Public
Statement of the American Hospital Association for the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-…
Letter/Comment
Public
The AHA appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s upcoming meeting regarding the use of the Defense Production…
Guides/Reports
With our evolving understanding of the details of COVID-19 infection and transmission, the impact of socialdistancing measures and other factors, hospitals…
Letter/Comment
Public
Responding to a Senate Finance Committee request for solutions to address poor maternal health outcomes, AHA suggested several specific actions that could be…
Advisory
Public
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) March 5 released information on the coverage and payment of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) under Medicare…
Advisory
Public
Congressional leaders today reached a deal on an $8.3 billion spending package to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The House passed the bill this…