Transforming health care through research and education.
Leveraging research and education to create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.
In 2011, the health care field continued to face challenges from multiple environmental forces. But at hospitals and health systems throughout the nation, health care executives, managers, and front-line staff are not only meeting the challenges presented but also continuing their commitment and work to advance quality, safety, and efficiency in patient care.
As the research and educational affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) remains committed to our vision and mission of leveraging research and education to create healthy communities and providing hospitals with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to transform health care. In partnership with the AHA, other AHA affiliates, national stakeholders, allied hospital associations, and our funders, HRET has expanded work on national projects, helped disseminate tools and resources to the field, and offered opportunities for leadership development in challenging times.
Through Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the AHA’s strategic platform to accelerate performance improvement in health care, we released six new guides in 2011, covering topics that include understanding and managing variation, caring for vulnerable patient populations, and striving for equity in health care.
At HRET, our 50-plus-member team is committed to continuous performance improvement in health care and in our own organization. This past fall, HRET received a site visit and feedback from the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence, a statewide organization in Illinois that promotes an organizational performance improvement model patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige national criteria. We are using the Baldrige framework at HRET to improve our work processes and better serve our customers, partners, and constituencies.
In 2012, we know health care will remain a much-discussed topic. At HRET, we will keep sight of our mission as we all work together to improve the delivery of health care. Thank you for your work and for the opportunity to collaborate with you to further our mission.