Alabama Hospital Association

Our Progress The Journey Continues  |  Partnership for Patients

For many years, Alabama’s hospitals have worked hard to provide the best possible care to their patients. Over the last seven years, they’ve been even more focused:

  • Quality Task force meets monthly to share ideas and work on projects to make patient care safer.
  • More than 300 hospital executives, quality and infection leaders meet twice a year to hear the latest science on improving care.
  • Almost 80 hospitals are participating in a project to reduce infections from central lines. Another 30 are working on a project to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Through these efforts, Alabama’s hospitals are:

  • Using checklists for surgery to make sure everything goes according to plans.
  • Creating rapid response teams to be able to respond more quickly to patients when an issue is suspected.
  • Improving medication safety, reducing readmissions, and preventing falls
Our Progress
It's Worked

Recently, Alabama’s hospitals ranked number one in the nation for their achievement and performance in quality improvement and patient safety. This came from federal information collected for the upcoming Pay-for-Performance Medicare program. It covers a variety of measures that account for patient outcomes, how patients are cared for and how well hospitals communicate with patients. For more information, go to Hospital Compare.

The Journey Continues

The Alabama Hospital Association was awarded a contract from the federal government through the American Hospital Association to support hospitals in improving care in the following areas:

    • Reduction of readmissions
    • Prevention of falls
    • Prevention of pressure ulcers or bed sores
  • Prevention of infections:
    • Central line infections
    • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
    • Surgical site infections
    • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
    • Prevention of harm in obstetrics
    • Prevention of adverse drug events
  • Prevention of blood clots
The Journey Continues

The project, called the Partnership for Patients, includes many hospitals in the state participating in self-selected initiatives. During the two-year project, hospitals have pledged to try and reduce readmissions by 20 percent and other hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent.