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. Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 13-19. The Authority's contest helps Patient Safety Officers promote progress being made within their healthcare facilities to improve patient safety. The Authority thanks those individuals and groups from the winning Pennsylvania healthcare facilities who participated in the contest. If you think an individual or group should be recognized for their patient safety efforts next year, please nominate them during the next poster recognition contest beginning May 2, 2016.
Several Authority management staff comprised the judging panel. The panel judged de-identified 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 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 are invited to attend the March 2016 Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors meeting for lunch and to meet Authority board members and staff.