ASHNHA embraces the global goal of improving quality and patient safety throughout Alaska. In order to achieve this goal, ASHNHA supports member hospitals and long-term care facilities in building the capacity for improvement work through the development of the culture of safety, by providing education and tools associated with leading practices, and by addressing issues related to workforce instability.


Just culture seeks to create an environment that encourages individuals to report mistakes so that the precursors to error can be better understood in order to fix system issues.

TeamSTEPPS teaches health care professionals communication and teamwork skills to enable them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise. 

ASHNA has partnered with Washington Hospital Services to provide members with peer review services.


The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program encourages the development of cooperative systems of care in rural areas.

ASHNHA partners with Telligen QI Connect to participate in the CMS Hospital Quality Improvement Contract (HQIC).

ASHNHA members are working hard every day to ensure facilities are free from contamination to reduce infection.


Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) give 
seriously ill patients more control over their medical treatment.

Achieving health equity requires a broad approach that addresses social, economic, demographic, and environmental factors that influence health. 

Increasing health literacy improves patients' ability to access information and services to inform health-related decisions.


An active partnership of acute care and long-term care hospitals dedicated to developing innovative strategies to ensure appropriate antibiotic use.

Coordinated efforts to provide the highest level of care to mothers and infants by collaborating with hospitals, birthing facilities, providers, and key stakeholders.

ASHNHA Quality & Patient Safety Awards

Alaska’s Healthcare Champions
Persevering through Complexity

The 2021 awards recognize individuals and teams taking progressive and effective steps to improve patient care and outcomes.


During the pandemic, Alaska’s care providers have worked through incredibly challenging circumstances to deliver high-quality patient care programs, foster a culture of patient safety, and support sustainable improvements in quality and patient safety.

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees and awardees - our healthcare champions!