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HQI Leader Honored for Work on Hospital Quality Transparency

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Last week, Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) President & CEO Julie Morath was honored by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation with its Beau Biden Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes California hospitals’ participation in an effort, led by HQI, to provide consumers with easily accessible, meaningful information about hospital quality.

“California hospitals all committed to demonstrate voluntary transparency and lead in this transformation,” Morath said when she accepted the award. “We are pleased to be part of this community of innovation and commitment.”

Since the initiative began one year ago, 60 percent of California hospitals are publicly displaying website dashboards with information on five hospital-acquired conditions: central line-associated bloodstream infection standardized infection rate, cesarean section delivery rate, sepsis mortality rate, incidence of potentially preventable venous thromboembolism and colon surgery surgical site infection standardized infection rate.

Ninety-six percent of hospitals have either committed to posting the information or are in some stage of completion.

“The award bestowed on the Hospital Quality Institute reflects hospitals’ longstanding and ongoing dedication to be, first and foremost, a safe place for those in need,” said Carmela Coyle, CHA President & CEO. “By committing to full transparency in their quality improvement efforts, hospitals continue to take the lead in ensuring patients receive care that is both compassionate and conscientious.”

The award was presented at the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, and the initiative was lauded as a model for other states to replicate.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that creates free tools for patients and hospitals, with the goal of eliminating preventable deaths.