Connecticut Hospital Association gets national award

The Connecticut Hospital Association is the 2014 recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership.  The award is given to hospital associations that, along with their member hospitals, demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national healthcare improvement efforts.  The Wisconsin Hospital Association is also a 2014 winner.

Connecticut hospitals are being recognized for their involvement in the first-of-its-kind statewide high reliability collaborative to reduce all-cause preventable harm and empower hospitals to become high reliability organizations, creating cultures with a relentless focus on safety.

“CHA is proud of the work of Connecticut hospitals that have collaborated to share, learn, and apply nationally recognized, evidence-based practices to achieve the highest standards of quality and safety,” said Jennifer Jackson, CHA president and CEO in a news release.  “This award honors their effort to reinforce safety as the most important focus—the foundation on which all hospital work is done.”

To date, more than 10,000 Connecticut hospital staff and physicians have been trained in high reliability safety behaviors.

“Improving quality and patient safety is a never-ending quest for America’s hospitals and health systems,” said Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO, American Hospital Association in a news release.  “The Connecticut and Wisconsin state hospital associations exemplify the key role now played by hospital associations across the country in convening and supporting their members in the critical work of quality and safety collaboratives.”

The award is named for AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, who promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement during his tenure as AHA president and as president of the Maryland Hospital Association.  The awards will be presented July 20 at the 2014 Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

Amanda Cuda