American Hospital Association Award recognizes leadership in
improving patient safety
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has
recognized the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its leadership and
innovation in health care quality improvement and patient safety. The Dick
Davidson Quality Milestone Award is given to state, regional or metropolitan
hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality
improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts.
“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 Hospital Association and their members should be emulated by
all hospitals and health systems as they strive to provide quality care and
improve patient safety.”
MHA is involved in a number of actions to continue reaching an even higher
level of performance. A nation-leading adverse health events reporting system,
multiple patient safety calls to action, and development of new methods of
measuring quality demonstrates MHA’s commitment to quality and patient safety.
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 over the past three years.
“Minnesota hospitals endeavor every day to provide the highest quality care we
can for our patients. As a hospital community, we are working hard every day to
make it better,” said Lawrence Massa, president and CEO of the Minnesota
Hospital Association. “Our innovative, high-performing member hospitals have
set the bar high for patient care.”
The award will be presented to MHA on July 23 at the 2015 Health Forum-AHA
Leadership Summit in San Francisco.
About the American
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations
and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their
communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which
includes nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other
providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health
care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and
trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
About the Minnesota
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 143 hospitals and health systems,
which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their
communities. For more information, visit www.mnhospitals.org.