The American Hospital Association board approved creation of a new AHA patient-safety and quality center, to be launched in the fall. "There are too many preventable deaths and injuries and too many errors in our hospitals, and the question of what we are doing about these challenges will not go away," AHA Chairman George Lynn said at the association's annual conference in Washington during a speech in which he announced the center. According to a prepared text of his remarks, Lynn, president and chief executive officer at AtlantiCare Health System, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., said, "We must accelerate our learning as managers, trustees and physicians." The board approved a center to act as a single point of access to patient-safety information and products for hospitals. Details, such as the center's budget and number of staff, will be worked out over the coming months, AHA spokesman Richard Wade said. The center will not sell products or services, Wade said. -- by Melanie Evans
AHA plans to launch patient-safety center in fall
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