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National Healthcare Volunteer Week

April 25, 2017

This is National Healthcare Volunteer Week, when the AHA’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals celebrates the service, dedication and commitment of hospital volunteers. 

National Healthcare Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers across the country. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Hospitals are economic engines

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

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

May 25, 2016

Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete Valley Behavioral Health Network.

Caregivers at Sanpete Valley Hospital, a critical access hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah, knew they had to implement a plan to improve... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Hospitals, not pharmaceutical manufacturers, are preserving and protecting the safety net

By Tom Nickels
May 17, 2016

A group financed by the pharmaceutical industry is hosting a meeting today on the 340B Drug Pricing Program with the goal of “Preserving the True Safety Net.” But what the meeting really will be about is the pharmaceutical industry – with their skyrocketing prescription drug prices and huge profits – discussing how they can continue to disparage a program with a 25-year history of increasing access to medications and health care services for people in vulnerable communities.

Let’s... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Community benefit, access, drug prices

National Hospital Week - a Real Celebration

By Rick Pollack
May 6, 2016

There are more than five million dedicated women and men working in more than 5,000 hospitals in every state and community across America. While those numbers tell an impressive story about the critical role America’s hospitals play in our national life, there’s a better story. It’s a story best told by the women and men of America’s hospitals themselves, and it’s why National Hospital Week is so important. Certainly, every week is National Hospital Week at the AHA, but next week’s... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, leadership

May is Mental Health Month

By Rich Umbdenstock
May 8, 2015

Our minds and our bodies cannot be separated; a health care system that treats them as if they can be cannot reach the optimal levels of population health to which we all strive. May is Mental Health Month – a good time for hospitals to consider ways to further integrate behavioral health services into their planning and current offerings. It’s clear that no effort to improve population health will be entirely successful until we overcome both the stigma and access issues that keep... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community benefit, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

Counting Down to National Hospital Week

April 16, 2015

Each year, hospitals treat 133 million people in their emergency departments, provide care for 544 million outpatients, perform 27 million surgeries and deliver 4 million babies. But good health is more than a number.

Addressing basic needs such as food, shelter and education, promoting healthier lifestyles, providing health screenings and creating opportunities for people to improve their lives are just a few ways hospitals are going beyond their four walls and improving lives.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H

Hospital Economic Impact Often Overlooked

By Caroline Steinberg
March 3, 2015

Over the course of 2013, America’s hospitals:

  • Treated 134 million people in the emergency department;
  • Provided care for 544 million other outpatients;
  • Performed almost 27 million surgeries; and
  • Delivered four million babies.

Despite these statistics, hospitals and health systems are often overlooked as top economic drivers in their communities.

Outlined in the 2015 edition of AHA’s Hospital Economic Impact Report, the health care field as a whole added an average of... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Hospitals keeping people healthy

By Elizabeth Lietz
December 9, 2014

In case you missed it, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock wrote an op-ed that ran in USA Today about the changing nature of health care and how hospitals are helping keep patients healthy and out of hospitals before they need costly emergency care.  It’s why the AHA started the My Hospital: Advancing Health in America campaign – to show how hospitals are partnering with local organizations  and creating programs to build stronger, healthier communities.  Check out the op-ed and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health



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