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There to Care

By Rick Pollack
September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the second historic storm to threaten the U.S. in the past three weeks, is churning its way through the Caribbean toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend. Puerto Rico already has weathered this powerful storm. Our hopes and prayers are with the people of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southeast region as they endure this tremendous storm and begin to rebuild.

Irma and its predecessor Harvey are powerful reminders of why emergency... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

Caregivers Shine a Light in the Darkness

August 14, 2017

By Nancy Agee

Once again, our nation has been touched by senseless violence… this time in Charlottesville, VA. While my heart was heavy as I watched the images of the scenes unfolding there this weekend, I was inspired by the way members of the hospital family – and my fellow Virginians – rushed in to help treat the wounded and provide care and comfort to those affected by the violence.

Our colleagues at University of Virginia Health System and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: preparedness


By Rick Pollack
June 16, 2016

Once again this week, we watched in horror as innocent victims lost their lives to senseless violence in Orlando. The AHA, our members and everyone who works in hospitals and health systems extend our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to the survivors, the victims’ families and the entire Orlando community. In our shared grief, however, we are starkly reminded of our purpose. The first responders and EMTs on the scene were ready to quickly rescue and transport victims from... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

Preparedness Pays Off

By Rick Pollack
October 9, 2015

Preparedness has paid off for hospitals responding to a host of recent disasters -- unprecedented flooding on the East Coast, a tragic college shooting and ferocious fires on the West Coast and more. In every case, they put well-practiced disaster plans into action to care for patients under challenging conditions. For example, South Carolina hospitals prepared for potential evacuations and identified ways to cope with an uncertain water supply. Oregon hospitals came together to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, preparedness, emergency care

When Less is Really More

May 28, 2015

Hospitals and health systems have a responsibility to encourage appropriate and consistent use of health care resources and give caregivers the tools to better communicate with patients about appropriate use. 

As part of our effort to drive appropriate use of medical resources, the AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum (PLF) has embarked on a series of toolkits or resources that address a “top five” list of hospital-based procedures or interventions that should be reviewed and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, Triple Aim, preparedness

Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
May 22, 2015

On Memorial Day, we honor the courageous service of the men and women who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom. The weekend is also a time to kick off summer with parades and picnics, sun and family fun. While many are making plans for their vacations, the women and men of America’s hospitals never diverge from one important plan: they are always there to care when people need them. The recent tornadoes and floods remind us that summer brings more than sunshine. Hospitals... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Community health, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: There For You When You Need Us

By Caroline Steinberg
March 13, 2015

Hospitals’ unique role as a 24/7 health care provider is never more critical than during a disaster. Hospitals provide more than just care for the ill and injured – they are centers for relief and recovery, offer food and shelter for those in need, and help patients and communities begin the healing process. 

The report “Always There, Ready to Care” highlights hospitals’ role as the center of every emergency and explores challenges that hospitals are facing maintaining 24/7... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Community health, Coverage, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

Always There, Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 13, 2015

How many facilities in your community are ready to serve you every hour of every day of every week – especially in times of emergency? How many are willing and able to take care of anyone who walks in the door? Your first thought, correctly, might be your local police or fire department. But America’s hospitals, especially their emergency departments, are proud to be first responders, too. In many communities, only hospital EDs can care for our neighbors with emergent and urgent... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, Redefining the H, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

By Caroline Steinberg
March 12, 2015

The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the same time hospitals are undergoing a major shift, building collaborative teams that are improving the coordination of health care. They're partnering with other health care... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness



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