Colorado Hospital Association Nationally Recognized For Achievements in Quality Care and Value

CHICAGO – Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has received national recognition for outstanding performance in driving quality care, safety and value across its network of hospitals. The HRET HIIN Quality Award for Clinical Innovation was presented to Steven J. Summer, president and CEO, CHA, by the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), joined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), at a special reception at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego in July.

The HRET HIIN Quality Award honors outstanding achievement in creating a culture of patient safety, delivering value and executing evidence-based practices as part of day-to-day operations. CHA has 50 Colorado hospitals participating in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) initiative, which focuses on reducing patient harm through a number of patient safety and quality improvement efforts. The Association was also recognized for its effort to reduce opioid administrations in hospital emergency departments through the Colorado ALTO Project.

“We applaud Colorado Hospital Association for their remarkable efforts supporting the delivery of world-class patient care throughout their network,” said Marie Cleary Fishman, vice president, clinical quality, HRET. “Their results are further evidence that hospitals and health systems are advancing positive outcomes for patients and that the future of health care is bright.”

“Colorado hospitals and health systems make patient safety their top priority, and we are proud to partner with them on initiatives that will make a difference for Colorado patients,” said Steven J. Summer, president and CEO, CHA. “We accept this recognition on behalf of our member hospitals and health systems and in honor of the important work that they do every day.”

To learn more about HRET HIIN and the work of the honored organizations, visit


About the Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado. Learn more at

About HRET

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) is the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). HRET is a trusted partner in the advancement of health in communities, through thought leadership, knowledge transfer, and as an agent for change. HRET, in alignment with the AHA, conducts national engagement collaboratives, and applied research and education on emerging issues to assist the field in “Advancing Health in America.” For more information, visit