CHA News Article

California Hospitals Unite in Partnership to Enhance Quality of Patient Care

CHA’s Public Advocacy Program, along with the Regional Associations and the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization, announced that nearly 400 California hospitals have voluntarily united to support an important national initiative aimed at enhancing the quality of care provided to patients.California now leads the nation in the number of hospitals voluntarily pledging to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.

Today’s press release is supported by a full-page newspaper ad in five major statewide newspapers —– the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times and the UT San Diego. The ad includes the Public Advocacy Program’s Caring is our Calling brand to help positively position hospitals and educate audiences on hospitals efforts to improve patient safety and quality.

Hospitals endorsing the Partnership for Patients initiative have agreed to participate in two specific quality improvement programs to: 1) reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013; 2) decrease hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of this year. For more information on the Partnership of Patients initiative and a list of California hospitals that have signed the pledge, visit the Caring is our Calling public advocacy website at