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AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

By AHA STAT Staff
March 2, 2017

For 34 years, the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) have honored exceptional volunteer efforts that provide distinguished service to hospitals, patients and communities. Earlier today we announced our 2017 award recipients, who will be recognized May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Today’s announcement brings the number of HAVE Award winners over the years to 161. In the program’s early years, we recognized an award winner from each of the... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community Connections, members

Black History Month and health equity

By AHA STAT Staff
February 24, 2017

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in life should not be predetermined by the color of their skin?” 

The AHA’s #123forEquity campaign is critically important to the effort to end health care disparities and advance... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

Workforce planning and development

By AHA STAT Staff
February 22, 2017

No issue is more important to hospitals and health systems than developing and sustaining a healthy workforce that can respond to the challenges of caring for our patients and communities.

The AHA Committee on Performance Improvement’s new report explores key components of workforce. It is intended to foster a national conversation about why the alignment between workforce planning and development and operations is critically needed now.

Changing care delivery models, changing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

The Next Generation of Community Health

By AHA STAT Staff
February 14, 2017

Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will be as important as the high-quality medical care they provide within their four walls.

It’s a journey described in the AHA Committee on Research’s new report, “The Next... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

Hospitals are economic engines

By AHA STAT Staff
February 1, 2017

Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial health of the communities they serve.

The health care field has traditionally been an economic lynchpin for the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Hospital offers at-risk youth a grim lesson about gun violence

By AHA STAT Staff
January 31, 2017

As a steward of its community’s health, North Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital knows it is uniquely positioned to address the public health crisis posed by gun violence. For more than a decade, its “Cradle to Grave” program has given at-risk youth an unflinching look at the effects that guns have in their community, in the hope it will deter them from reaching for a gun to settle personal scores and help them realize that gun violence is not the glamorous business... read more

Tags: population health, Community health, members

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

By AHA STAT Staff
January 24, 2017

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based reimbursement, declining populations; aging infrastructure and difficulties in recruiting medical staff to serve in small towns.

How rural hospitals can meet those challenges as... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

Community service

By AHA STAT Staff
January 19, 2017

Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. The AHA will present the award to Spectrum Health May 9 at the association’s annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.

Through the years, Spectrum... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

By AHA STAT Staff
November 29, 2016

In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and conducted listening sessions to speak with hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period.

At a briefing held in Washington D.C. today, Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

Hospitals are proud to count veterans among their ranks

By AHA STAT Staff
November 11, 2016

It makes sense that Election Day and Veterans Day fall so close to one another on the calendar, given that one of our most fundamental American rights – the right to vote and elect our leaders – has been secured for us by the courageous service of our veterans. You can show your deep appreciation for those who have worn the uniform and those who continue to serve the country on our behalf by hiring veterans. They deserve respect for the knowledge and skills gained during their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce
 

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