Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

The Partnership for Patients (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 HEN 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 HENs to facilitate quality improvement work and provide technical assistance to hospitals.

The HIIN initiative launched in 2016.

  • 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.

51 Colorado hospitals have committed to participate in this important work:

Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center
Aspen Valley Hospital District
Avista Adventist Hospital
Boulder Community Health
Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center
Community Hospital
Delta County Memorial Hospital
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Grand River Hospital District
Gunnison Valley Health
Haxtun Hospital District
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center

Keefe Memorial Health Service District
Kit Carson County Health Service District
Lincoln Community Hospital
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Longmont United Hospital
Lutheran Medical Center
Melissa Memorial Hospital
Memorial Regional Health
Middle Park Medical Center
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Mt. San Rafael Hospital
OrthoColorado Hospital
Parker Adventist Hospital

Parkview Medical Center
Penrose-St. Francis Health Center
Platte Valley Medical Center
Prowers Medical Center
Rangely District Hospital
Rio Grande Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital
San Luis Valley Health Conejos County Hospital
San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical District
Sedgwick County Health Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Southeast Colorado Hospital District

Southwest Health System
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center
St. Anthony Hospital
St. Anthony North Health Campus
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Thomas More Hospital
Swedish Medical Center
Vail Health
Valley View Hospital
Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital
Wray Community District Hospital
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
  • Iatrogenic 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:


The HIIN initiative also involves the UP Campaign, a renewed effort to get patients up and moving more quickly and more safely. Learn more about the UP Campaign below.

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