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Partner Organizations

The On the CUSP: Stop HAI National Project Team consists of several partner organizations, each of which brings a unique range of expertise to the initiatives to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI.

National Project Team

Health Research & Educational Trust
Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
University of Michigan Health System

Health Research & Educational Trust

Founded in 1944, the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) is the not-for-profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  HRET’s mission is to transform health care through research and education.  It focuses on identifying and exploring key issues affecting the health care delivery system.  HRET’s applied research focuses on improving quality, eliminating disparities, improving care coordination, improving leadership and governance, conducting data analysis and supporting the spread of improvement.  Through AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) strategy, HRET has helped hospital leaders to accelerate performance improvement by disseminating best practices, producing actionable reports and toolkits, conducting leadership development programs and implementing national improvement projects.

HRET is responsible for project administration and management, budget oversight, recruitment of states, and development of educational resources.  HRET staff provide support and resources to state leads in hospital recruitment, planning educational meetings, and project implementation.  HRET also develops educational resources and toolkits to apply the CUSP model for culture change and technical interventions to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI at both the hospital unit level and the state collaborative level.  To learn more about HRET, visit www.hret.org.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

The Armstrong Institute’s goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible, and then to share knowledge of how to achieve this goal with the world. Created with a $10 million gift from C. Michael Armstrong, former chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, the institute also provides an infrastructure that, for the first time, oversees, coordinates and supports patient safety and quality efforts across Johns Hopkins’ integrated health care system.

In the On the CUSP: Stop HAI initiatives, the Armstrong Institute provides leadership in the development of educational content and resources for implementation at the hospital unit level. Patient safety innovators at the Armstrong Institute conceived and developed the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which is the foundation of On the CUSP: Stop HAI. The Armstrong Institute provides support in developing educational toolkits and other didactic resources to improve safety culture and reduce CLABSI and CAUTI. Visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org/armstrong_institute for more information on the Armstrong Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality

Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality (MHA Keystone Center) was founded by Michigan hospitals and the MHA in 2003. The MHA Keystone Center has been funded to date by MHA-member hospitals, state grants, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The center brings together state and national patient safety experts and multiple hospitals and health systems, working together in collaborative programs that identify best practices and evidence-based medicine to improve patient safety and health care quality. The collaboratives incorporate culture change to improve communication and the use of checklists to standardize procedures. They focus on ensuring consistently high-quality care and avoiding oversights that can lead to patient harm.

In the On the CUSP: Stop HAI initiatives, the MHA Keystone Center is responsible for coordinating data collection and reporting as well as providing project implementation and coaching support. Staff from MHA Keystone participate on state-specific coaching calls, addressing data use, submission and reporting issues and providing project implementation advice and expertise in the CUSP model and infection prevention. For more information about the MHA Keystone Center, visit www.MHAKeystoneCenter.org.

St. John Hospital and Medical Center

Founded in 1952, St. John Hospital and Medical Center is a regional-referral teaching hospital in Detroit, Michigan and affiliated with Wayne State University with 772 licensed beds, a 1300-member medical staff and more than 50 medical and surgical specialties.  St. John Hospital is part of the St. John Providence Health System and is known for excellence in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, women’s services, pediatrics and medical education. Staff from St. John Hospital and Medical Center serve as faculty for On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, providing project implementation advice and expertise in infection prevention. For more information, visit www.stjohnprovidence.org/stjohnhospital.

University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is an award-winning health care system and premier academic medical center made up of hospitals, health centers, clinics throughout southeast Michigan, the University of Michigan Medical School and its faculty group practice, clinical activities of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and Michigan Health Corp., the legal entity that allows UMHS to enter into partnerships, affiliations, joint ventures and other business activities. UMHS strives to become the national leader in health care quality and safety. Faculty from UMHS provide educational support to On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, providing project implementation advice and expertise in infection prevention. For more information, visit www.med.umich.edu.

Extended Faculty Network

On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI also engages faculty from the following organizations:

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Emergency Nurses Association
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Society of Hospital Medicine

Members of the Extended Faculty Network support all stakeholders participating in the On the CUSP: STOP CAUTI national collaborative. They coach project leads and hospital teams and serve as supplemental faculty at learning sessions and coaching calls.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists, with more than 14,000 members. APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost.  Most APIC members are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, or medical technologists who:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to track infection trends, plan appropriate interventions, measure success, and report relevant data to public health agencies
  • Establish scientifically based infection prevention practices and collaborate with the healthcare team to assure implementation
  • Work to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in healthcare facilities by isolating sources of infections and limiting their transmission
  • Educate healthcare personnel and the public about infectious diseases and how to limit their spread

APIC’s educational programs, products, and services support the infection prevention activities of many patient safety stakeholders.  APIC collaborates with other professional associations, consumer groups, and thought leaders, as well as regulatory and accrediting bodies, to maximize the synergy of shared interests and resources with the goal of improving patient outcomes. For more information, visit www.apic.org.

Emergency Nurses Association

The mission of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice. ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. For more information, visit ENA’s Web site, www.ena.org.

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

The mission of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is to prevent and control health care-associated infections and advance the field of health care epidemiology. SHEA has helped define best practices in healthcare epidemiology worldwide since its founding in 1980.  The society is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of healthcare epidemiology and preventing and controlling morbidity, mortality, and the cost of care linked to health care-associated infections. The society partners with epidemiologists, infectious disease practitioners, basic scientists, public health specialists, consumers, policymakers and others to achieve better healthcare outcomes. SHEA’s expertise is sought by healthcare regulatory and accrediting agencies and its scientific voice guides decision-making bodies in developing rational, effective, and cost-conscious public policies. For more information, visit www.shea-online.org.

Society of Hospital Medicine

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is a professional medical society representing more than 10,000 of the 30,000 practicing hospitalists in the U.S. dedicated to patient care. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and is committed to promoting excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through education, advocacy and research.  In 1996 Dr. Bob Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Subsequently, the National Association of Inpatient Physicians (NAIP) was founded, followed by the commencement of NAIP’s first annual meeting in 1998.  NAIP changed its name to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in 2003, and SHM continues to be the only medical society devoted entirely to hospitalists and the hospital medicine movement. For more information, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.