Immersion Projects

In working with member hospitals, MHA saw the need to enhance the traditional quality improvement toolkit by actively engaging hospital-based teams. Immersion projects are topic-focused, time-limited and provide structure to implement evidence-based practices and achieve improved outcomes. Each project engages the Triple Aim framework of better health, better care and lower costs, to improve clinical quality, and safety and population health. A project mentor, ongoing didactic and case study examples, and an opportunity to share across a cohort, provide a strong platform to promote rapid adoption and sustainability of best practices.

Feedback from previous immersion project participants:

“The learning opportunities through a collaborative forum where participants feel safe to ask questions and share experiences is valuable.”

“The immersion projects have provided the structure we needed and many resources to help us implement evidence-based care practices.”

“The tools provided in the immersion projects have made a big difference for us in understanding where the gaps in care are and how to improve the care we provide.”

  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Workplace Violence
  • Readmissions
  • Resources

The Antibiotic Stewardship Immersion Project is a 10-month project expected to improve management and prescription of antibiotics, decrease bacterial resistance and decrease overall pharmaceutical costs. Several toolkits exist with evidence-based science at their core. MHA takes this evidence-based practice and breaks it into manageable components, while offering additional support, education and resources to fully implement and execute the interventions. MHA also collects relevant data for evaluation. Recent Missouri legislation will require an ASP be in place for defined hospitals (definition pending) by Aug. 28, 2017. Additionally, hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission will be surveyed on ASP beginning January 2017.

The current ASP Immersion Project cohort includes 34 hospitals and will end August 2017. Members interested in a second cohort of this project may contact Alison Williams for questions and further information.


WorkplaceViolencePicWorkplace violence is defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as “violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assault, directed toward persons at work or on duty.”

MHA has secured funding for the Workplace Violence Reduction Immersion Project to provide programmatic support and training related to workplace violence to participating hospitals at no cost, with the exception of staff time for training.

The Workplace Violence Reduction Immersion Project aims to:

  • Provide a structured, time-limited initiative focused on implementing evidence-based practices to achieve an identified outcome. Projects track progress by supporting implementation of project work, coordinating data collection and engaging participants through education, training and shared learning.
  • Train and empower front-line care providers in use of verbal de-escalation and safe restraint techniques to reduce adverse encounters related to workplace violence.
  • Increase the number of events mitigated through de-escalation techniques alone, while increasing the overall safety of the health care workplace environment.

More information, including FAQs, are available here.

More information coming soon.