News Release: The AHA Center for Health Innovation Recognizes HQI

August 23, 2019

Shining a spotlight on quality care and value, The American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation has named Health Quality Innovators (HQI) as the recipient of the 2019 AHA Performance Improvement Award.

The distinguished honor in performance improvement was presented to HQI by Marie Cleary-Fishman, Vice President of the AHA Center for Health Innovation’s Performance Improvement, for their participation in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for ICUs: Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI.

The Performance Improvement Award honors outstanding achievement in creating a culture of patient safety, delivering value and executing evidence-based practices as part of day-to-day operations. HQI was recognized for supporting eight Maryland hospitals participating in AHRQ’s one-year ICU initiative. From April 2018 to April 2019, HQI provided direct assistance to Maryland hospitals to help them complete an assessment, develop a plan to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI and implement and measure changes within the ICU.

“As expectations on health care performance and growth are rising dramatically, HQI is making great strides to help hospitals and health systems reach a new level of quality care, patient safety and value,” said Cleary-Fishman. “They have found effective ways to foster operational excellence, communication and engagement with desirable outcomes.”

Other leading Allied Associations awarded for their work include:
• Ohio Hospital Association
• Delaware Hospital Association
• Indiana Hospital Association
• Wyoming Hospital Association
• Kentucky Hospital Association
• Maine Hospital Association

“We appreciate this recognition and – more importantly – the opportunity to help hospitals across Maryland protect patients by reducing infections in the ICU,” said Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, HQI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This AHRQ initiative is just one of the many ways we are partnering with clinicians to make health care safer for Maryland patients and families.”

To learn more about the AHA Center for Health Innovation’s performance improvement initiatives, visit


About HQI
Since 1984, HQI has been leading the way to better health care for providers and other clients by offering expertise in quality improvement, practice transformation, provider payment programs and electronic health record optimization. Better clinical performance, patient outcomes and cost savings are among the results. In addition to its role as the Maryland and Virginia Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HQI is a partner in two national Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks and is the Practice Transformation Network for Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Visit to learn more.

About the AHA Center for Health Innovation
The AHA Center for Health Innovation, created by the American Hospital Association, enhances hospital and health system transformation and accelerates innovation at scale. The Center was formed in September 2018 from the merger of AHA’s Health Forum, Health Research & Educational Trust, Data Center and The Value Initiative. The Center serves as a key partner to AHA members, supporting their innovation and transformation journey with new tools, data products and analytics, learning collaboratives, conferences and virtual expeditions, market intelligence and advisory services. For more information, visit the website at

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides insight and education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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