Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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Colorado Hospital Association Receives $1.6 Million Grant for National Quality Initiative

Date June 22, 2012

Greenwood Village, Colo. (June 22, 2012) — The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has received a $1.6 million grant that will enable 61 Colorado hospitals to participate in the Partnership for Patients campaign, a national initiative that aims to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and avoidable readmissions by 20 percent
over the next two years. The Partnership for Patients campaign is a project of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services.
CHA was one of 34 state hospital associations that joined the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) inapplying for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funding. The total award for this multi-state “hospital engagement network” (HEN) was $75 million. More than 1,600 hospitals nationwide are expected to take part in the campaign.
“The fact that virtually every eligible Colorado hospital has chosen to participate in our Partnership for
Patients work shows the importance Colorado hospitals place on continuous quality and safety improvement,”
said Steven Summer, CHA president and CEO. “They demonstrably want to ensure that patient care quality
and outcomes are at the highest possible level, and we look forward to helping Colorado hospitals achieve their goals in this area.”
CHA will employ several nationally recognized strategies in this work, including engaging hospital
management and physician leadership, sharing best-practice models, and providing cross-discipline
education, learning networks, technical assistance and other educational resources. Based on a recent
assessment of hospital needs, participating Colorado hospitals will initially focus on five areas:
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Preventable readmissions
  • Surgical site infections
Additional focus areas, such as reducing adverse drug-related or obstetrical events, may be chosen in the
future based on hospital requests for assistance. Participating CHA member hospitals include:
Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center
Aspen Valley Hospital
Avista Adventist Hospital
Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital
Colorado West Psychiatric Hospital, Inc.
Community Hospital
Conejos County Hospital Corporation
Craig Hospital
Delta County Memorial Hospital
East Morgan County Hospital
Estes Park Medical Center
Family Health West
Grand River Hospital District
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
Keefe Memorial Hospital
Kindred Hospital Denver
Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Melissa Memorial Hospital
Memorial Health System
Memorial Hospital
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Middle Park Medical Center
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Mt. San Rafael Hospital
North Suburban Medical Center
Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital
Pagosa Springs Medical Center
Parker Adventist Hospital
Parkview Medical Center
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Pikes Peak Regional Hospital
Pioneers Medical Center
Platte Valley Medical Center
Porter Adventist Hospital
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center
Rangely District Hospital
Rio Grande Hospital
Rose Medical Center
San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center
Sedgwick County Health Center
Select Long Term Care Hospital – Colo. Springs
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Southeast Colorado Hospital District
Southwest Memorial Hospital
Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center
St. Anthony Hospital
St. Anthony North Hospital
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Thomas More Hospital
Swedish Medical Center
The Medical Center of Aurora
Vail Valley Medical Center
Valley View Hospital
Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital
Wray Community District Hospital
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Yuma District Hospital

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.