California Hospital Association Launches Statewide Quality Institute

The California Hospital Association announced it and regional hospital associations have launched a statewide organization to improve quality in California hospitals.

The regional associations — Hospital Council of Northern & Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties — and CHA created the Hospital Quality Institute to support and align patient safety and quality improvement activities in hospitals throughout the state. As such, HQI will include all of the associations' existing patient safety and quality improvement activities.

The institute will be governed by CHA, the regional associations and hospital representatives, and will be led by CEO Julianne Morath, RN, MS, current chief quality and patient safety officer of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

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