HAPPEN (Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Prevention by Engaging Nurses) began in October 2016 at
the Salem VA Medical Center’s community living center (CLC) and has spread to a total of 111
VA hospitals so far (March 2021).
We predict that $200M and countless lives will be saved by
this initiative annually. The HAPPEN team is working to meet the VA Secretary’s goal of 100%
involvement in HAPPEN.