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AHA has new award for leaders in HC quality
The first Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership will be presented in July, 2011, by the American Hospital Association (AHA) of Washington, DC.
The new award will recognize state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations' leadership in improving health care quality.
It will be presented annually to a hospital association that demonstrates leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contributes to national health care improvement efforts. The first award will be given at the 2011 American Hospital Association/Health Forum Leadership Summit in July.
The award is named for AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson who strongly promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement during his tenure as president from 1991 to 2006 and as president of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) from 1969 to 1991. During his time at MHA, the organization was recognized nationally for its work on the development of clinical quality indicators which allowed hospitals in Maryland for the first time to measure and compare quality of care.
Goals of the award
The goals of the award initially are to:
A multidisciplinary award committee will review all applications and select the award recipient, with the AHA Board of Trustees providing final approval.
Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., PhD, an American Hospital Association board member, will chair the committee, which will include hospital association executives, hospital and health system clinical and operational leaders and a representative from a national non-AHA organization involved in quality and performance improvement.
Information on the award and how to apply is available on the American Hospital Association's website at www.aha.org.