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NAPH Safety Network leaders selected to present at national quality conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 11, 2012

WASHINGTON – National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) member leaders and patient advocates will participate in a national conference this week to identify actions that will lead to documented patient harm reductions.

The QualityNet 2012 conference – hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Quality Improvement Organization Program, the End-stage Renal Disease Network Program, Partnership for Patients (PfP), and the Million Hearts Initiative – aims to unite U.S. health care leaders, government officials, patients, advocates, and researchers to discuss quality improvement strategies and innovative ways to improve patient safety.

At the QualityNet conference, NAPH Safety Network (NSN) members Ronald Fountain, DM, chair of the board of Cleveland-based MetroHealth System, Anna Roth, RN, MS, MPH, CEO of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) & Health Centers in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and Amanda Espinoza, a patient advocate from CCRMC & Health Centers, will represent the safety net hospital perspective during sessions focusing on patient and family engagement, patient safety, and aligning quality improvement initiatives.

The NSN is an initiative of the National Public Health and Hospital Institute (NPHHI), the NAPH research affiliate, and one of 26 PfP-funded hospital engagement networks. The PfP is a federal program to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care by reducing nine hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013.

“MetroHealth and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center are safety net leaders in improving outcomes by bolstering patient and family engagement,” said NSN Project Director Sarah Callahan, MHSA. “We look forward to sharing their successes with the broader hospital and quality improvement community, with the goal of disseminating ideal safety practices and results across our nation’s health care system.”

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About the NAPH and NPHHI
Since 1981, NAPH has represented hospitals and health systems that provide high volumes of care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. It advocates on issues such as Medicaid, Medicare and care access for vulnerable populations, and helps members develop innovative, high-quality, cost-effective care. The private, non-profit NPHHI – the NAPH research affiliate established in 1988 – studies major issues facing hospitals, safety net organizations and underserved communities. Its members are NAPH organizations and its board comprises public and non-profit health policy and service delivery leaders.

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Carl Graziano
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