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NJHA Quality Institute Wins Federal Designation
Date:1/15/2010

Only Organization in N.J. Named a 'Patient Safety Organization'

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Hospital Association's Institute for Quality and Patient Safety has been designated a "patient safety organization" by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As New Jersey's only PSO, the Institute will take a leading role in quality improvement activities among New Jersey hospitals and other healthcare providers.

The creation of PSOs was authorized under the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. They are designed to help clinicians, hospitals and other healthcare organizations improve the care they deliver to patients by encouraging them to conduct quality and safety analyses.

"We are proud and honored to be recognized by the federal government as New Jersey's sole patient safety organization," said Betsy Ryan, NJHA president and CEO. "We are deeply committed to making healthcare better for the people of New Jersey, and we're eager to expand our work with New Jersey hospitals and other healthcare providers in this very important effort."

NJHA's many quality activities are overseen by its Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, founded in 2002 as part of NJHA's nonprofit affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey. Under the leadership of Aline Holmes, RN, NJHA's senior vice president of clinical affairs, the Institute has gained national and international recognition for its efforts, sharing its results and findings with healthcare professionals in

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