AHA Center for Health Innovation Honors OHA for Quality Care, Value Achievements

The Ohio Hospital Association received the American Hospital Association’s Center for Health Innovation Performance Improvement Award for participation in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for ICUs: Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI. This award was presented at a special reception at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego last week.

OHA’s program worked with intensive care units of member hospitals to eliminate or reduce levels of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections, or CLABSI, and/or Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, or CAUTI. The program is conducted in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

This effort uses resources developed as part of earlier national efforts to apply the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to eliminate CLABSI and CAUTI and will gather and apply lessons learned regarding effective implementation of quality improvement efforts in the ICU setting. Ohio ICU collaborative reduced CAUTI by 59% and CLABSI by 25% over a 12-month period.

The Performance Improvement Award honors outstanding achievement in creating a culture of patient safety, delivering value and executing evidence-based practices as part of day-to-day operations.

“As expectations on health care performance and growth are rising dramatically, OHA is making great strides to help hospitals and health systems reach a new level of quality care, patient safety and value,” said Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president, Clinical Quality, AHA Center for Health Innovation. “They have found effective ways to foster operational excellence, communication and engagement with desirable outcomes.”