American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Upcoming Events

HRET HIIN Rural/CAH Affinity Group

January 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT

Rural and critical access hospitals serve over one fifth of our nation’s population and face unique barriers unlike our urban populations. From being the sole provider in an area to being a cornerstone of the community, rural and critical access hospitals are tasked with meeting the needs of all that pass through. As we get into the New Year, we want to start our resolutions off right and understand what new challenges you are facing. Are you just surviving or thriving? 

Join us on January 23 for the CAH / Rural Affinity Group kickoff event to share what is working and what needs to be improved to keep your facility moving in the right direction.  Come with something to share. Bring a pearl of wisdom from HEN 1 and/or 2, a neat innovation that accelerated or amplified your improvement, or a barrier that stands in your way so that peers can offer their wisdom, solutions and tools. We are all in this together and together we all improve.

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January 26, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am CT

Have you identified all barriers and eliminated CLABSI’s in your hospital?  Is that a ‘yeah, right’ we hear?  Please join us on January 26, 2017 at 11am CT for a highly interactive 50 minute discussion about our challenges, barriers and yes, successes related to CLABSI reduction.  We will explore reasons why many are seeing CLABSI reduction in ICU yet not in areas outside the ICU.  Why is that?  Are we doing something different once the patients leave critical care?  We will share some examples from the HEN 2.0 fellows who have worked tirelessly on this improvement area and you will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the ‘how’ since all lines will be open for discussion.  Dial in prepared with your list of successes and struggles so we can conclude the session with a meaningful plan for next steps.  Hope you can participate in this virtual event!

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundations for Change Virtual Event #2

February 01, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm CT

Take your aim – what are we trying to accomplish? Learn how to identify key elements of aim statements and why they are so important for quality improvement work.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Virtual Event #2

February 01, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm CT

Engaging stakeholders in improvement: join us as we discuss engaging your team and leadership in aligning your improvement work within your organization’s priorities.

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HRET HIIN SNAP:ERAS Informational Call

February 2, 2017 at 2:00-3:00pm CT

A Safety Network to Accelerate Performance (SNAP) is a voluntary learning network that will set forth bold aims and test innovative practices. The first HRET HIIN SNAP will focus on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) with a focus on colorectal surgery. Early-adopter hospitals interested in contributing to a new knowledge base are encouraged to join this informational call to discuss project scope and address questions.

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HRET HIIN VTE Virtual Event

February 7, 2017 at 11:00am-12:00pm CT


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PFE Fellowship Virtual Event #1

February 8th, 2017  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Join us as we dive into the Patient and Family Engagement Fellowship! We will discuss preparing improvement teams and patient family advisors, assessing where you are with hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and areas of focus.

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Adjuncts and Alternatives to Opioids for Pain: It’s All About Love

February 14th, 2017 12:00p.m. - 12:50p.m. CT

Since 1816 when a pharmacist's assistant named Friedrich Wilhelm Serturner isolated morphine and named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, opioids have been used for managing pain. Over the latter part of the 19th century and all of the 20th century, morphine derivatives were the most common form of analgesic administered in hospitals. Now we recognize these opioids cause harm both in hospitals and after discharge.

This begs these questions:

  • How did we manage pain before morphine?
  • How do we manage pain at home?
  • What other options are there that can allow us to reduce or eliminate opioid medications for some patients?
  • How can we enlist families to assist us?


In HEN 2.0 we discussed non-opioid analgesics alternatives. Join us on Valentine’s Day to learn and contribute to our discussion of patient and family engagement as a key strategy for opioid safety and a discussion of inpatient comfort menus for non-palliative care pain management. Dogs in the hospital? Really? It’s all about Love!

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundations for Change Virtual Event #3

February 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm CT

What’s change got to do with it? Learn how change can result in improvement, test changes on a small scale and dive deeper into the Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle.

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HRET HIIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Virtual Event #3

February 15, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm CT

Let’s generate some ideas! We’ll get creative and start using the PDSA cycle to communicate and connect the dots.

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PFE Fellowship Virtual Event #2

February 22, 2017   11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Take a deep dive into PFE strategies and HACs, as well as define PFE strategy with details of implementation.

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PFE Fellowship Virtual Event #3

March 8th 17 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Learn how to teach quality improvement and specific PFE strategies methods to PFAs and create volunteer PFE leaders.