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Connection newsletter 9-21-23

Read about an update on the Arizona ground ambulance rulemaking process, new trauma center rules, and registration and room block info for the 2023 Arizona Hospital Leadership Conference.



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Connection Newsletter

By AzHHA Communications ● Sept. 21, 2023

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This week, check out:

  • An update on the Arizona ground ambulance rulemaking process.
  • New trauma center rules.
  • Registration and room block information for the 2023 Arizona Hospital Leadership Conference.

Update on Arizona ground ambulance rulemaking process

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What’s new: On Monday, Sept. 18, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Ground Ambulance Rules has been filed with the Secretary of State and published in the Arizona Administrative Register.

Go deeper: For more information about this rulemaking, visit this page on the ADHS website.

ADHS has also convened the Behavioral Health Alternate Destination Workgroup.


New trauma center rules

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What’s new: The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recently finalized an expedited trauma system rulemaking. The rulemaking is an outcome of the statutory five-year rules review process.

The changes include:

  • correcting cross-references and grammatical errors,
  • including a mechanism to address delayed scheduling of reviews or other issues related to designation arising from entities other than a trauma center,
  • moving existing requirements to make the rules clearer, and
  • removing or revising requirements that the Department deemed unnecessary.

Stakeholders, including AzHHA members, commented on several versions of the draft rules this spring. ADHS incorporated several requested clarifications into the final rule, which became effective Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023.


Registration and room block information: 2023 Arizona Hospital Leadership Conference

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This educational event will be an inspirational gathering of more than 200 hospital and healthcare executives seeking opportunities for continuing education, meaningful discussion and relationship building.

What you need to know:

  • 📢Less than one month to register! Deadline is Friday, Oct. 13. Register today.
  • Time is running out to reserve your room at a discounted rate. Book now.

The big picture:

  • 📅 Oct. 25-27, 2023
  • 📍 Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson
  • 📄 Review the agenda



2023 AzHHA Quality Awards update

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the 2023 AzHHA Quality Awards. These awards recognize Arizona’s leaders who are committed to advancing healthcare through exceptional quality performance, community engagement and a culture of continuous improvement.

Did you apply for a 2023 AzHHA Quality Award?

  • Keep an eye out for an email from Megan Trosko, director of care improvement, about the Quality Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and details on how to register.
  • Questions? Contact Jacqueline Seguin at [email protected].

What’s next: We’ll announce our award winners following the Quality Awards Luncheon next month. Stay tuned to Connection to read more about the winners and their projects.


2023 AIM Collaborative Conference recap

Thank you to the more than 150 attendees who participated in the 2nd Annual AIM Collaborative Conference on Friday, Sept. 15 at Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix.

  • The conference featured wonderful speakers, a powerful panel of mothers’ stories and great networking opportunities for all our attendees.
  • A special thanks to our generous sponsors, Abbott and Organon, who provided delicious meals for our attendees for breakfast and lunch, respectively.

What’s next: Slides and photos are now available on our website. Videos of each session will be added soon!


Hospital Emergency Response Training for residents

HERT Training

What’s new: Earlier this week, a group of residents completed a training session for the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents-Basic, Train-the-Trainer (HERT-B TtT).

  • This is a one-day course offered to healthcare responders who have successfully completed the HERT course.
  • It prepares students to teach HERT at their facilities by focusing on presentation techniques, practical applications, and the preparation and of maintenance of lesson plans.

Why it matters: This was the first medical resident-coalition course in the nation.

Congratulations to the participants and trainers of this course!




Tuesday, Sept. 26 - Up to date vaccination status: Surveillance definition change for healthcare personnel
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Vaccination Team will host a webinar to review important changes to the surveillance definition of up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for facilities reporting COVID-19 vaccination data in the NHSN HPS Component. Register here.

Sept. 28-29 - 2023 AZ Workforce Recruitment & Retention Conference
Attend the Recruitment & Retention Conference on Sept. 28-29. This year’s topics will include:

  • Management and leadership training for retention
  • Linking clinical education with primary care provider recruitment
  • Using data to inform healthcare workforce development
  • Effective job posting and marketing
  • Candidate interviewing
  • Inclusive practices for retention
  • Workforce updates

Register now.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Improving maternal and neonatal safety webinar
This webinar will highlight the sobering statistics for both maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the U.S. This will be paired with current high reliability strategies of deference to expertise, high performance practices and continuous process improvement that can be used to optimize maternal and neonatal care. Register here.

Friday, Oct. 13 - Arizona Burn Symposium
The Arizona Burn Symposium is an opportunity for medical professionals to gather, learn and connect with experts in the field of burn care. The symposium features engaging speakers, informative panel discussions and interactive workshops that provide the latest advancements in burn care. Register today.

Thursday, Oct. 19 - Introduction to POLST 
Join physician orders for life-sustaining treatment paradigm (POLST) for their one-hour virtual workshops equipping healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources to begin using POLST in Arizona. Register here.

Oct. 25-27 - 2023 Arizona Hospital Leadership Conference
The 2023 Arizona Hospital Leadership Conference will once again be held at the exquisite Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson on Oct. 25-27. This will be an inspirational gathering of more than 200 hospital and healthcare executives seeking opportunities for continuing education, meaningful discussion and relationship building. Register now.




Are there other healthcare topics you want to see in this newsletter? Email us at [email protected].