Our History

Since the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, Michigan hospitals have worked to become national leaders in pioneering programs to improve the safety and quality of healthcare. Michigan hospitals and health systems are now collaborating with the MHA Keystone Center, as are a growing number of hospitals and systems in other states. Below is a brief timeline of the Center's history.


The MHA Keystone Center was founded.


Awarded Crain's Health Care Hero Award. Crain's Detroit Business recognized the MHA Keystone Center with the Crain's Health Care Hero Award for work with the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group to eliminate bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia in hospital ICUs. The project, the largest of its kind in the nation, helped hospitals move practices toward those that the latest medical evidence showed reduced the possibility of infections.


The MHA Keystone PSO was certified in January 2009.

The MHA Keystone Center was awarded the National Eisenberg Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. The award showcased that two MHA Keystone Center interventions, eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP), had produced notable results in eliminating CLABSIs in Michigan hospital ICUs.


Awarded the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership. The Dick Davidson award is presented annually to a state, regional or metropolitan hospital association that, through its programs and activities, demonstrates exceptional organizational leadership and innovation in quality improvement and has made significant contributions to the measurable improvement of quality within its geographic area.


The MHA Keystone PSO was re-certified in spring 2015, after an AHRQ-approved merger between the MHA Keystone Center and the MHA PSO. 

The MHA Keystone Center Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 if formed. In 2015, the MHA Keystone Center cecame one of 17 organizations contracted as a HEN, as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) national Partnership for Patients campaign. Partnering with the Illinois Health & Hospital Association (IHA) under HEN 2.0, MHA-IHA launched a joint quality improvement program uniting quality improvement strengths of two statewide hospital associations, to guide participating members through a variety of best practices, resources and collaboratives to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and preventable readmissions by 20% over the course of a year.

The MHA Keystone Center became the second U.S. state to partner with Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare on a state high reliability initiative.


The federal Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Act set the stage for the creation of federally certified patient safety organizations (PSOs).


The MHA announced the formation of the MHA Patient Safety Organization (PSO). In January 2009, then Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a state law that created the MHA PSO. At this time, MHA became the first organization in Michigan to establish a PSO.


Awarded the Shining Star Award. The MHA Keystone Center received a Shining Star Award from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in 2011. The Shining Star is the highest honor the Secretary of State gives to individuals and organizations for supporting organ donation.

The MHA Keystone Center Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 1.0 was formed. The MHA Keystone Center was one of 27 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations to become a HEN to identify, share and implement best practices aimed at reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions. Nearly 100 hospitals participated in the MHA Keystone HEN 1.0, which concluded in 2014.


Awarded March of Dimes Strategic Partnership Award. The Michigan chapter of the March of Dimes presented the MHA Keystone Center with its Strategic Partnership Award, recognizing the association’s contribution in reducing the state’s infant mortality rate and its support in other areas of maternal and infant health.


The MHA Keystone Center became the first state in the U.S. to partner with Sepsis Alliance on a statewide public relations campaign to bring awareness to sepsis through sponsored events.

The MHA Keystone Center forms the MHA Keystone Center Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN). The MHA Keystone Center in partnership with the IHA and the Wisconsin Hospital Association joined efforts under CMS’s national Partnership for Patients campaign in a multi-year grant to further reduce hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions.

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