Health systems collaborate with NAHQ to standardize competencies

CHICAGO-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Standardizing competencies across health care roles and responsibilities and upskilling the workforce is a vital solution to reducing variability in care delivery and ultimately improving health care. National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) is pleased to announce that Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, Inspira Health of New Jersey and Oaklawn Hospital in Michigan are collaborating with NAHQ to achieve this level of standardization with its Workforce Accelerator® answer.

The Workforce Accelerator is a scalable, three-phase enterprise solution designed for healthcare organizations to accelerate their path to quality – assessing, planning and upskilling to capitalize on their quality workforce. The solution helps organizations prioritize their opportunities to accelerate the achievement of their quality and productivity improvement goals.

“With the Workforce Accelerator, NAHQ has identified a previously unmet need in the marketplace – targeting workforce readiness for quality and safety,” said NAHQ CEO Stephanie Mercado, CAE, CPHQ. “As a mission-driven organization motivated to make sustainable change in healthcare, NAHQ has set out to define and implement a new national standard for healthcare quality and safety.

“We are proud to work with these healthcare organizations that are committed to excellence in quality and safety,” added Mercado. “Throughout the year, we hear from healthcare leaders about the volatility of their workforce, even among similar roles across the organization. NAHQ has taken responsibility for healthcare quality competencies and the readiness of the workforce to do the important work of healthcare quality.’

To learn more about the importance of standardizing health care quality and safety competencies, download the recently published NAHQ “Quality and safety of health care Workforce Report, New Imperatives for Quality and Safety Mean New Imperatives for Workforce Development” and other NAHQ Intelligence assets at Insights – NAHQ.

About CHRIST Health

CHRIST Hello is a nonprofit Catholic health system comprised of more than 600 centers, including hospitals, clinics and urgent cares in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. More information is available at christushealth.org.

About Inspira Health

New Jersey-based Inspira Health is the region’s leading healthcare provider network, providing the full continuum of primary, urgent and advanced care services. More information is available at inspirahealthnetwork.org.

About Oaklawn Hospital

Founded in 1925, Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, is a regional healthcare organization licensed for 77 acute care beds and a 17-bed inpatient psychiatric unit. Learn more at oaklawnhospital.org.

About NAHQ

National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) is the only organization dedicated to healthcare quality professionals, setting the standard of excellence for the profession and equipping professionals and organizations across the healthcare continuum to meet those standards. NAHQ believes that to reduce variability in healthcare delivery, we must first reduce variability in healthcare quality competencies, so we are focusing our efforts on healthcare quality competencies and workforce development. NAHQ publishes the first and only healthcare quality competency framework and validates it twice in the market. We offer the only accredited healthcare quality certification, the Certified Healthcare Quality Professional® (CPHQ), extensive educational programming, networking opportunities and career resources to help quality healthcare professionals improve their competencies and their value. Learn more at NAHQ.org.

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