Alliance Founding Members
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The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is an interdisciplinary coalition dedicated to championing effective hospital nutrition practices by raising awareness of the significant impact nutrition has on patient outcomes, complications, length-of-stay, readmissions and, ultimately, their quality of life. Founded in 2013, the Alliance is comprised of leaders from The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and The Society of Hospital Medicine and Abbott Nutrition.

The Alliance was formed to address the issue of malnutrition in the hospital setting. We hope to encourage dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians to consider the impact and urgency of nutrition in their hospital.

The Alliance is comprised of leaders from The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and The Society of Hospital Medicine and Abbott Nutrition.

  • Generate awareness about the meaningful impact nutrition has on patient outcomes
  • Encourage clinicians to advance nutrition in the hospital setting
  • Support clinicians in collaborating on hospital-wide nutrition processes and practices
  • Employ communications initiatives and hospital outreach programs based on clinical evidence to educate and advocate for broadly accepted and consistently applied hospital nutrition standards throughout the entire continuum of care

The Alliance members are committed to a multi-year communications campaign that will substantially increase awareness of the critical role nutrition plays in improving patient outcomes. Through targeted hospital outreach programs we will encourage healthcare professionals to champion the cause for better quality patient outcomes. Ultimately, our goal is to encourage more hospitals to employ effective nutrition screening and intervention practices throughout the entire continuum of care.

The five founding organizations are equal partners in the Alliance and serve as its steering committee.  Together, we are committed to reducing malnutrition in hospitals through effective nutrition screening and intervention practices.

The resources of Abbott Nutrition, a leader in nutrition science and research, combined with the knowledge and clinical expertise of AMSN, AND, and SHM, will be focused on providing the best possible nutritional options for hospitalized patients, including food, oral nutritional supplements and tube feeding products. We believe this can be achieved through approved hospital standards of care that screen and assess patient malnutrition upon admission, intervene as appropriate with nutritional feeding programs and help prepare patients to continue nutritionally sound behaviors at discharge.

The Alliance brings together the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and Abbott Nutrition. These organizations, which include dietitians, nurses, and physicians are strongly committed to improving quality of care and stand together in support of timely nutrition intervention as a vital foundation for achieving that goal. The established charter of the Alliance is to champion improved hospital nutrition practices through identification of malnourished and at-risk patients, early nutrition intervention and treatment, and inclusion of nutrition as a standard component of all care processes. That will require raising awareness of the prevalence of hospital malnutrition and equipping healthcare providers with the tools and resources they need to properly address this problem.  Each organization has taken an active role in these efforts with Abbott Nutrition also providing funding for the Alliance and to the partners to support their selected members’ involvement in advancing this important initiative.

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