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The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award
for Allied Association Leadership

About Award

America's hospitals and health systems are making a significant commitment to improving health care quality and have demonstrated notable progress in recent years. As evident in numerous local and national efforts, health care outcomes across the six IOM aims (safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient and patient-centered) have improved. At the same time, allied (state, regional and metropolitan) hospital associations have played an increasingly important role in facilitating and promoting health care quality improvement.

The Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership is presented annually to a state, regional or metropolitan hospital association which, through its programs and activities, demonstrates exceptional organizational leadership and innovation in quality improvement and has made significant contributions to the measurable improvement of quality within its geographic area.

The goals of this award are to:

  • recognize outstanding efforts among allied hospital associations to improve quality; 
  • encourage allied hospital associations to play key roles in raising the level of hospital and health system performance to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient and patient-centered; and 
  • spread the learning and progress toward national health care improvement that are being promoted by allied hospital associations.

About Dick Davidson

The award is named after American Hospital Association (AHA) President Emeritus Dick Davidson, who strongly promoted the role of hospital associations in leading quality improvement initiatives during his tenure as AHA president from 1991 to 2006 and as the first president of the Maryland Hospital Association from 1969 to 1991. 

During his years at the Maryland Hospital Association, he was involved in many local, state and national health policy groups and initiatives. Under his leadership, the organization was recognized nationally for its work on trustee involvement in state association affairs, payment reform, the development of clinical quality indicators, and medical and corporate values and ethics in the hospital setting. 

Born in Philadelphia, Dick earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from West Chester University and Temple University, respectively, both in Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in education from Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University.

AHA Description

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA web site at

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