Michigan Hospitals’ Efforts to Improve Health Care Quality and Safety Receive National Recognition

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The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center and Michigan hospitals have once again been recognized at a national level for the outstanding work they have done to improve patient safety and quality. The American Hospital Association(AHA) recently presented its prestigious Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership to the MHA Keystone Center during the 2012 Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco.

For nearly a decade, the MHA Keystone Center and Michigan hospitals have voluntarily developed and implemented pioneering patient safety and health care quality improvements. The efforts of our state’s dedicated hospital clinicians, administrators and trustees have saved thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars. Success has centered on evidence-based interventions, cultural improvements and rigorous data collection.

Achievements have been numerous, but the award is based on improvements made in Michigan hospitals’ emergency rooms and obstetric units. Participating hospitals experienced a 16.5 percent decrease in the rate ofemergency roompatients who left without being seen, a 50 percent improvement in five-minute Apgar scores (a test to determine infant health), a 40 percent reduction in elective inductions before 39 weeks, and a nearly 48 percent reduction in elective cesarean sections before 39 weeks, all in less than a two-year period.

The South Carolina Hospital Association was also honored for its efforts focused on standardized care and statewide evidence-based improvements.

About the Award

The award is presented annually to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts. It is named forAHAPresident Emeritus Dick Davidson, who strongly promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement during his tenure as president from 1991 to 2006 and as president of the Maryland Hospital Association from 1969 to 1991. Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary award committee with the AHA Board of Trustees providing final approval. The committee includes hospital association executives, hospital and health system clinical and operational leaders and a representative from a national non-AHA organization involved in quality and performance improvement.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

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