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ASHNHA 2021 Quality and Patient Safety Award Nominations now open

ASHNHA Patient Safety Award nominations for 2021 are now open! Nominating your patient safety champions, amazing leaders and healthcare heroes is a great way to say, “Thank you!”, for the quality and safe care provided to many.

ASHNHA is hiring! 

ASHNHA is looking for a Communications Director who will develop, implement, and monitor communications, media relations, digital strategies and advocacy plans in support of ASHNHA’s strategic plan.

2021 Advocacy Documents

Take a look at ASHNHA's positon on important matters, such as Medicaid, capacity challenges, and reform.

ALASKA ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP COLLABORATIVE

The Alaska Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative is an active partnership of acute care and long-term care hospitals dedicated to developing innovative strategies to ensure appropriate antibiotic use. A2SC’s goal is a simple one: all patients in Alaska will receive the right antibiotic at the right time and only when necessary. Together we will accelerate positive changes to achieve this critical goal.

Maternal Health

ASHNHA is partnering with the State of Alaska and the volunteer members of the Maternal Child Death Review Committee members to publish a comprehensive list of recommendations with the goal of preventing future maternal deaths.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

ASHNHA is closely monitoring the rapidly-emerging outbreak of COVID-19 and working to connect members to resources to support preparation and response.

associate membership

Contact us if you would like to become an Associate Member of ASHNHA. We have three levels - Community Partner, Gold Corporate & Platinum Corporate.

Great collaborative work to improve health!DHSS is proud to report an Alaska initiative by six hospitals statewide reduced severe complications associated with high blood pressure and pregnancy by 28%. Recognition and rapid treatment of severely elevated blood pressures in pregnant people can decrease the chance of complications, such as maternal stroke or brain bleed. Read the full text of today's announcement: Severe complications for pregnant Alaskans with high blood pressure reduced in AlaskaJune 3, 2021 ANCHORAGE – An Alaska initiative by six hospitals statewide reports a 28% reduction in severe complications associated with high blood pressure and pregnancy. Over the past two years, the Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative (AKPQC) partnered with the national Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program to implement best practices to improve outcomes for pregnant and birthing Alaskans with high blood pressure. “Recognition and rapid treatment of severely elevated blood pressures in pregnant people can decrease the chance of complications, such as maternal stroke or brain bleed," said Dr. Christina Rodriguez, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Alaska Native Medical Center and the physician clinical lead of this initiative. “This is one component of a larger effort to ensure the safety of Alaska moms and babies.” High blood pressure during pregnancy is on the rise in Alaska, with high blood pressure disorders contributing to 2 out of the 6 pregnancy-related deaths in Alaska during 2012-16. In 2018, nearly 1 in 20 pregnant persons in Alaska were diagnosed with preeclampsia, a disorder characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organ systems. Among those births, over 1 in 10 experienced a severe complication.Hospitals that joined the initiative implemented best practices outlined in the national AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Patient Safety Bundle to improve the recognition and response to high blood pressure in pregnancy. Best practices included training for providers and nurses, making high blood pressure medications easily accessible and developing systems to debrief and review cases when complications do occur.The 28% statewide reduction of severe complications among pregnant Alaskans with preeclampsia from 2018 to 2020 exceeded the project’s goals. “The success of this project was largely a result of the collaboration with Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health, industry partners, and participating hospitals,” said Danette Schloeder, perinatal clinical specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Providence and the nurse clinical lead of this initiative. “This collaborative group worked diligently, despite the pandemic, on improving processes because of the overwhelming desire to improve the outcomes of pregnant patients and reduce adverse maternal outcomes.” Many thanks to the following hospitals that participated in this initiative and collectively reduced severe complications associated with high blood pressure and pregnancy. Alaska Native Medical CenterAlaska Regional HospitalBartlett Regional HospitalFairbanks Memorial HospitalThe Children’s Hospital at ProvidenceYukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation# # # ... See MoreSee Less
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