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OHA, Ohio Hospitals Earn National Recognition for Quality Improvement Initiatives




The Ohio Hospital Association’s Institute for Health Innovation has earned the American Hospital Association's 2017 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award Honorable Mention for our collaboration with 100 member hospitals to save lives and reduce health care costs by decreasing sepsis mortality and improving workplace safety.
The national recognition, given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts, will be presented July 27 at the 2017 Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

In 2015 OHA launched a statewide quality initiative to reduce sepsis mortality in Ohio. In the first 16 months of the initiative Ohio hospitals achieved an 11 percent reduction in sepsis mortality representing an estimated 1,313 lives saved. Since 2014 a cohort of Ohio hospitals demonstrated a 41 percent reduction in safe patient handling incidents while reducing severity 70 percent.

“Each year, the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award Committee honors the important work state associations do to improve quality and safety for patients. As the chair of the committee, I am proud to honor OHA’s commitment to delivering quality care and providing an example to the rest of the country,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and CEO, The Carle Foundation, and chair of the AHA Davidson Award Committee.

Today, through the OHA Institute for Health Innovation, the association is leading statewide and regional health quality collaboratives focused on:
  • reducing sepsis mortality in Ohio through early recognition and early intervention,
  • reducing infant mortality by promoting infant safe sleep, eliminating early elective deliveries and supporting breastfeeding, and 
  • improving health care quality and reducing preventable readmissions.

Additionally, OHA’s Board of Trustees on June 14 endorsed the association’s Clinical Advisory Committee recommendation to expand OHA’s clinical focus areas to addressing Ohio’s opioid and heroin crisis.
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