Established in March 2013, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) directs the statewide strategy and vision for patient safety and quality improvement activities for the California Hospital Association, Hospital Council of Northern & Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties (HASD&IC). HQI oversees and coordinates the activities already at work in California hospitals, including the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization, California Hospital Engagement Network and Patient Safety First — a program of the Hospital Council, HASC and HASD&IC.
HQI is led by President/CEO Julianne Morath, RN, MS, an internationally recognized expert in health care quality and patient safety. Prior to joining HQI March 11, Morath served as chief quality and patient safety officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and serves on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. Morath is also a distinguished adviser and founding member of the National Patient Safety Foundation. In addition, she is a past member of the National Quality Forum Best Practices Committee.Recently, she was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.