Children's Hospitals: Improving Child Health

Children's hospitals are committed to providing the best health care outcomes for children through child and family-centered care that is safe, effective, timely, equitable and efficient. Children's hospitals lead the nation in providing pediatric hospital and specialty care, educating pediatric physicians and health professionals, implementing clinical information technology and researching new technologies and patient care practices.

Leaders in Child Health Quality

Enhancing quality and patient safety is a priority for children's hospitals and the Association. Together, our organizations are pursuing three overarching strategies to make significant, measurable improvements in quality and patient safety for children's hospitals.

  • Facilitate children's hospitals' leadership to TRANSFORM care for children
  • ADVOCATE for children and children's hospitals in the national quality environment
  • Build MEASUREMENT capacity to guide patient safety and quality improvement efforts that are child-focused and evidence-based

Strategic Alliance

The Association has a strategic alliance with Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), with the mission of eliminating serious harm across all children's hospitals in the U.S. SPS is a network of 78 children's hospitals working together on a patient safety journey so that every child receives safe care every time they enter a children's hospital.

Federally Protected Safety Reporting

Affiliated with Children's Hospital Association, Child Health Patient Safety Organization (PSO), is the nation's only PSO dedicated to children's hospitals and enables confidential learning from reported safety events with the added benefit of federal privilege protections. For more information about the Child Health PSO, contact Kate Conrad, 913-262-1436.


Latest Resources
Children’s Hospitals Offer Safety Tips for Patient Families During National Patient Safety Awareness Week- February 28, 2014
As National Patient Safety Awareness Week kicks off next week (March 2 – 8, 2014) children’s hospitals around the country are affirming the critical role patient families play in making hospital stays as safe as possible for their children.

International Health Care Experts Honor Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for Reducing Patient Stays and Freeing Up Critical Bed Space for Waiting Children- October 15, 2013
Through an aggressive improvement initiative, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ensured medically ready patients leave the hospital more quickly, freeing up critical bed space for waiting patients.

Children's Hospitals Today, Spring 2013- March 28, 2013
This issue of Children’s Hospitals Today follows the theme “Vision Requires Courage.” Read about children’s hospitals’ efforts to reform Medicaid to care for medically complex children, how to design health care Exchanges that work for children, how hospitals are becoming healthy role-models for their communities and more.

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