The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority held its annual I Am Patient Safety poster recognition contest during the last several months to recognize individuals and groups within Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities who have demonstrated a personal commitment to patient safety. The contest helps patient safety officers promote progress being made within their facilities to improve patient safety.The Authority thanks everyone who participated in the contest. Keep an eye out for that person or group you think should be recognized for their patient safety efforts next year, and nominate those individuals or groups for the next poster recognition contest beginning May 1, 2015.
Several Authority board members and management staff comprised the judging panel. The panel judged the de-identifed submissions upon the following criteria: the person or group (1) had a discernible impact on patient safety for one or many patients, (2) demonstrated a personal commitment to patient safety, and (3) demonstrated that a strong patient safety culture is present in the facility. Bonus points were awarded for submissions that demonstrated initiative taken by an individual.
Winners received their photos and patient safety efforts highlighted on posters that can be displayed within their facilities. They also received a certificate and I Am Patient Safety recognition pin from the Authority. Winners were invited to attend the March 2015 Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors meeting for lunch and to meet Authority board members and staff.