Resources for Patients & Families
Health and Condition Information
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center's for Disease Control (CDC): Article on Preventing Surgical Site Infections
Food and Drug Administration's (US FDA) Drug Information Source
National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
National Health Information Center's Guide to Reliable Health Information
NC Health Info
Local Health Information and Health Services for North Carolinians
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to Reduce Surgery Complications
Understanding Surgery by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
WebMD - Search by disease and condition
Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Federal agency responsible for research on quality, cost, access, utilization, and health care outcomes and patient safety
AHRQ's "Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care"
American Heart Association
American Health Quality Association (AHQA)
The American Health Quality Association represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America.
Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME)
CCME is a non-profit, physician-sponsored healthcare consulting firm and the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for North Carolina.
Center for Children's Healthcare Improvement
The Center for Children's Healthcare Improvement (CCHI) is a program to improve healthcare for children.
CMS Hospital Quality Initiative
The Hospital Quality Initiative uses a variety of tools to stimulate and support significant improvement in the quality of hospital care.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of hospital and health care services.
Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
Evaluates the quality and safety of care of health care organizations and accredits them.
LeapFrog Group Hospital Quality Ratings
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
Organization devoted to improving the safety of patients through knowledge transfer, public awareness and communication.
Joint Commission Complaint Hotline
Call 800-994-6610 or e-mail Complaint@jointcommission.org.
NC Complaint Hotline
North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety
Collaborates with healthcare organizations and other partners to sponsor educational activities and quality initiatives to improve healthcare processes of care and patient safety within NC hospitals.
North Carolina Medical Society
As the largest physician organization in the state, the North Carolina Medical Society devotes itself to representing the interests of physicians and protecting the quality of patient care.
QualityCheck® Hospital Quality Reports.
JCAHO's website that provides quality reports on U.S. hospitals that contain merit badge achievements, quality measures and other data associated with hospital accreditation.
Speak Up™ Program for Patients
National campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team.