Partnership for Health & Accountability

The GHA Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) recognizes patient safety as its top priority and describes the elements that support a culture of safety in health care organizations, including a pervasive commitment to patient safety, open communication, a blame-free environment, and safety designs that prevent future errors. PHA strengthens collaboration among providers, community members, and other stakeholders by providing education and data-driven tools to facilitate improvement.

Patient Safety and Quality Summit

Jan. 10-11, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee



The GHA Patient Safety and Quality Summit (PSQS), held annually, brings together patient safety and quality improvement professionals, nurse leaders and educators, social workers, pharmacists, hospital administration and leadership to learn about innovative approaches and long-standing, reliable strategies to improve patient care, quality, culture of care, and worker and clinician resiliency. This year's conference will be no different. You won't want to miss it! Make plans to attend GHA’s premier educational event for patient safety and quality. Attendees will learn about important quality topics such as opioid management, mental health, physician engagement, care coordination, and implicit bias. You also won’t want to miss the presentation of the Patient Safety and Quality Awards, honoring the amazing work of our hospitals in enhancing patient safety. The LifeLink Award for Organ Donation will honor two hospitals for their organ donation efforts.



Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners!

2023 Georgia Hospital Association Patient Safety and Quality Award Fillable Application

The PHA Patient Safety and Quality Awards recognize health care organizations for their achievements in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.


Community Health

Communities trust hospitals to provide quality care and education and use them as a resource for health, wellness, prevention and care.

Hospital Quality Improvement

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) aims to improve access to preventive and emergency health care services for rural populations. The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) is an initiative within FLEX that is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and funded to support quality improvement (QI) work with small rural hospitals.

The Hospital Quality Improvement Contract (HQIC) – The Georgia Hospital Association serves as a contractor to Alliant Health Solutions, who serves as a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within its Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors.

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) concluded in March 2020 and worked with regional, state, national and hospital system level to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program, helping identify and share best practices with other hospitals and providers. 

The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) provides funding to more than 1,600 participating hospitals in 47 participating State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) to help small rural hospitals participate in various Affordable Care Act (ACA) delivery system reforms, such as value-based purchasing programs, accountable care organizations and payment bundling.

The Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS™) establishes a systematic approach to all aspects of team training: assessment and readiness, planning, training and implementation, coaching and sustainment of teamwork behaviors. 


GHA Quality and Patient Safety Webinars 
2018-2019 SHIP ED HCAHPS Webinars


Infection Prevention

Infection Preventionist Resource Book (Login Required)


Georgia Infection Prevention Network Partnership

The Georgia Hospital Association is proud to partner with the Georgia Infection Prevention Network (GIPN) to host the GIPN 2021 Annual Meeting. GHA and GIPN have a history of working together on opportunities to provide beneficial education to our members, and our collaboration will allow us to share resources to maximize the value to each of our memberships.