Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN)

The Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign aimed to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and avoidable readmissions by 20 percent over a three-year period (2012-14). This national effort utilized Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) to facilitate quality improvement work and provide technical assistance to hospitals. The American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) was contracted to serve as one HEN under the PfP campaign. A total of 31 state hospital associations (including CHA) contracted under HRET to perform the work of the HEN in their respective states. Nationwide, the PfP Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN) is a national initiative to prevent patient harm and improve care in hospitals across the U.S. HIIN will continue the successful work of Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) which saved more than 87,000 lives and $19.8 billion in health care costs over the past four years. 

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $347 million to 16 organizations to serve as HIINs.
  • The American Hospital Association/Health Research and Education Trust (AHA/HRET) leads the largest HIIN in the nation, uniting with 32 state or regional hospital associations and nearly 1600 hospitals.
  • Colorado Hospital Association is the lead in Colorado for the AHA/HRET HIIN.
  • Together, the HIINs pursue ambitious goals of reducing all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.
44 Colorado hospitals have committed to participate in this important work: 

Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center Penrose- St. Francis Health Center
Aspen Valley Hospital District Prowers Medical Center
Avista Adventist Hospital Rangely District Hospital
Boulder Community Health Rio Grande Hospital
Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center
Community Hospital San Luis Valley Health Conejos County Hospital
Delta County Memorial Hospital Sedgwick County Health Center
Grand River Hospital District Sky Ridge Medical Center
Gunnison Valley Health Southeast Colorado Hospital District
Haxtun Hospital District Southwest Health System
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center
Keefe Memorial Health Service District Swedish Medical Center
Kit Carson County Health Service District St. Anthony Hospital
Littleton Adventist Hospital St. Anthony North Health Campus
Lincoln Community Hospital St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
Longmont United Hospital St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
Melissa Memorial Hospital St. Thomas More Hospital
Middle Park Medical Center The Memorial Hospital at Craig
Montrose Memorial Hospital Vail Valley Medical Center
Mt. San Rafael Hospital Valley View Hospital
OrthoColorado Hospital Wray Community District Hospital
Parkview Medical Center Yampa Valley Medical Center
HIIN boldly aims to prevent patient harm in the following areas:
  • Adverse drug events
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Readmissions
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Surgical site infections
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Ventilator-associated events
  • Multi-drug resistant organisms
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Malnutrition in the inpatient setting
  • Airway impairment
  • Latrogenic delirium
  • Undue exposure to radiation
In addition, the initiative is committed to implementing strategies to further
  • Employee safety
  • Patient and family engagement
  • Equity of care
  • High reliability
  • Leadership engagement

Helpful HIIN resources:

If you have any questions about the HIIN, please contact CHA's patient safety department.