Quality and Patient Safety
Creation of the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety in 2005 was a reaffirmation of the principles that led to the founding of the North Carolina Hospital Association in June 1918. The original objective of the Association, as stated in its constitution, was “promotion of economy and efficiency in hospital management and the welfare of hospitals and hospital workers.” The NC Quality Center refocuses hospitals on the axiom that “quality costs less.”
The spark that rekindled these principles was during a Board of Trustees meeting when a hospital chief executive officer noted, “At the end of the day, the one thing we can control is the quality of care provided in our institutions.” From that moment forward, NCHA focused on aiding hospitals in their pursuits of improving quality and enhancing the safety of patients. The NC Quality Center is the tangible manifestation of our Association’s foundation.