Partnership for Patients

Hospital Engagement Network Fact Sheet for NH Hospitals


hretam-hospital-assocThe Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC), in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), is delighted that you have joined our Hospital Engagement Network to work together to reduce harm by 40% and readmissions by 20% by 2013!  Over the next two years FHC and HRET will support NH hospitals to adopt evidence-based practices that have the potential to reduce harm in ten areas, which will build upon New Hampshire’s Initiative to Eliminate Harm by 2015.  In addition, FHC and HRET will equip your hospital teams with leadership skills, including the areas of change management, facilitation, quality improvement and teamwork and safety culture. We shall “all teach, all learn” together.  All our programs and activities are free!


FHC and HRET will provide extensive resources atno cost to reduce harm and readmissions in your facility.  Financial support will be provided to support data collection. In-person meetings will be offered, although the majority of content and training will be by web seminars and teleconferences.  Resources include:

  • Three levels of topic-specific improvement activity: 1) stand-alone web seminars (60-90 minutes), 2) fellowships (8 months) and collaboratives (12-15 months)
  • Monthly coaching calls & monthly affinity group calls
  • Simple topic-specific interventions of proven impact with  topic-specific guides, toolkits, guidelines and checklists plus ongoing access to subject matter experts in all 10 areas
  • Data collection and progress monitoring support:
    • selection of measures that minimize data collection burden and
    • support of multiple data entry modalities direct, (through FHC, NHSN, etc.)
  • Performance Progress Reports:
    • monthly to hospital units and quarterly to hospital leadership
  • Dedicated Program Web site where all calls, web seminars & written material will be archived

Hospital Requirements

  • Complete short Needs Assessment, on line (due February 17)
  • Attend the Foundation for Healthy CommunitiesKick-off Meeting (~mid -April)
  • Assist in identifying priorities for state activity
  • Identify Project Team Leads and team members appropriate to topic, when identified (or earlier if you have existing teams)
  • Submit monthly data,  typically 1 process and 1 outcome measure per  topic being worked on
  • Consider potential staff to attend fellowship program 
  • Participate in one or more national collaborative 

Staff Time Commitment

We strongly believe that NH hospitals are already engaged in improvement work in many of these areas. We will create a state work plan, based upon results from the hospital assessments and determine priorities with you.  The CEO and Governance Board of every hospital in NH signed on to the Eliminate Harm Initiative. We will use resources from the Partnership for Patients to build upon the platform that has already been created. The teams you have already put together should be able to continue this work, without feeling additional burdens. Many of the data points are already being collected in NH so can be provided thru current collection methodology.  The FHC will make every attempt to ensure we are coordinating various initiatives and streamline activity to ensure staff time is being used efficiently and effectively.

For further information, please contact:

Anne Diefendorf
Associate Executive Director/VP Quality & Patient Safety

Foundation for Healthy Communities
125 Airport Road
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 415-4271 direct
(603) 738-0241 cell