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New National Program Focused on Developing More Durable, Longer-Lasting Flu Vaccines

October 07, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  recently initiated the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers  program, a network of research centers that will develop more durable, broadly protective, and longer-lasting influenza vaccines.

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PA Hospital Employees Share Personal Stories of Workplace Violence, Urge State Lawmakers to Help Improve Workplace Safety

September 30, 2019

At a listening session recently held at UPMC Altoona, staff from five Pennsylvania hospitals shared with lawmakers personal stories illustrating the urgent need for legislation to help improve workplace safety for health care workers. Pennsylvania hospitals are calling for passage of several measures currently under consideration in the state legislature.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

September 27, 2019

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the important role that patients and families play in the delivery of health care. 

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Gov. Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder; PA Hospitals Focus on Increased Treatment, Reduced Deaths, and Compassionate Conversations

September 26, 2019

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to call for an end to the stigmas associated with opioid use disorder.

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News Release: HAP Announces Inaugural Recipients of Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition

September 24, 2019

Pennsylvania’s hospital community is united by a shared commitment to continuously improve upon the safe, high-quality care they deliver to patients. To support this endeavor, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce the first honorees of its Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program.

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State Proposals Could Help Reduce Health Care Workplace Violence; Act Now

September 23, 2019

If you are one of Pennsylvania’s some 300,000 health care employees you likely know someone who has been physically or verbally abused by a patient. Unfortunately, whether it’s triggered by stress, pain, anger, fear, or the influence of drugs or alcohol, violence against health care workers is on the rise.

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Former Pennsylvania Safety Leader Returns to State for Keynote Presentation

September 06, 2019

HAP’s 2019 Patient Safety, Quality and Sepsis Symposium keynote speaker will be Ana Pujols McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer of The Joint Commission, and former board chair for the Pennsylvania Safety Authority. 

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

August 21, 2019

With a goal of reducing the growing rate of assaults on hospital staff, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center leadership and front line staff tackled the issue on various fronts, including focused education, a campaign of employee awareness, and multiple interprofessional workgroups.

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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.

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National Hospital Associations Release Paper Calling for Updates to Patient Experience Survey to Improve Patient Care

July 30, 2019

Five major hospital associations have released a paper recommending updates to the HCAHPS survey to better reflect the changes and advancements in health care and improve patient care.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: WellSpan Health

July 26, 2019

WellSpan Health was awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Living the Vision, for its project, “Linking Community Partnerships, Innovations, and Hospital Operations to Solve Community Challenges and Achieve Better Outcomes for Fellow Community Members.”

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Key Committee Unanimously Approves HAP-supported Bill to Improve Health Care Worker Safety

June 05, 2019

Legislation to increase the penalty for assaulting a health care worker received unanimous approval from the state Senate Judiciary Committee today.

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HAP Achievement Award Winners Honored during HAP Leadership Summit

May 24, 2019

The 2019 HAP Achievement Award winners were honored during HAP's Leadership Summit.  

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Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Pennsylvania’s Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth, including passage of Senate Bill 351 and House Bill 36.

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Joint News Release: Lankenau Medical Center Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth.

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