Hospitals from around the country participate in quality network

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has enlisted 139 hospitals from across the country to participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality Hospital Quality Network.  The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of health care and reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for reform.  Newton-Wellesley Hospital is among the participating hospitals.

The three areas of focus are:

  • Reducing readmissions for heart failure patients
  • Increasing throughput, which will test real-world solutions to improve the pace and efficiency of patients moving through the emergency department
  • Improving language services to help hospitals improve care for patients who speak or understand limited English.

(Sources: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, http://www.rwjf.org, November 10, 2010; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, November 12, 2010)