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The I AM Patient Safety award is an annual contest that recognizes and celebrates healthcare staff for their individual or collective commitment to and influences on patient safety. It is a chance for us to celebrate the things that go right each day in healthcare to make our patients safer. We will also highlight two runners-up in each category to honor more patient safety heroes for their extraordinary work. We at the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) invite you to nominate individuals or teams who have made a difference in patient safety.

​Award Categories


Executive Director's Choice

    • Winner
      • HAI Focus Team, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital  

       1.    Ambulatory Care/Surgery Facility

    • WINNER

      • Jesse Hixson, MSN, Greg Purnell, MD, and the AHN-Monroeville Surgery Center Team, Allegheny Health Network – Monroeville Surgery Center
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Bethel Park Surgery Center Team, Allegheny Health Network – Bethel Park Surgery Center
      • Jamie Hallam and Front Office Staff, Spartan Health Surgicenter  

          2.    IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS

    • WINNER
      • Joyce Litwak, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Dr. Jaber Monla-Hassan, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
      • Dixon Foundation Health Center Team: Anila Gidwani, Rebecca Topping, Bethany Dieffenderfer, WellSpan Dixon Foundation Health Center

     3.     ​INDIVIDUAL IMPACT- GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

    • ​WINNER
      • Kristin Keane, RN, Short Procedure Unit, Phoenixville Hospital​
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Theresa Lasko, RN & Deborah Gruntz, RN, Welcome Center Senior Teammates, Advanced Surgical Hospital
      • Adrienne Bellino-Ailinger, RN, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery - Einstein Endoscopy Center Blue Bell

     4.     LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY

    • Winner
      • Desiree Schuler, LPN, Restorative Nurse, Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Alicia Elvidge, NHA, Chief Executive Officer, South Mountain Restoration Center
      • ​Kimberly Krall, Thornwald Home

     5.     NATIONWIDE WARRIORS

    • WINNER
      • Perioperative Surgery, Northwell Health
    • RUNNERS-UP 
      • The Second Victim Committee, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
      • Rinisha Thomas, RN & Tatiana Ziegler, RN, Delaware Valley Veterans Home

    6.    PHYSICIAN OFFICES​

    • WINNER
      • Melissa Bauman, CRNP, Lehigh Valley Physician Group Family Medicine–Bath
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Tammy Bowman, Office Coordinator, LVPG Hematology/Oncology Office, Lehigh Valley Physician Group
      • Outpatient Falls Prevention Team, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

    7.     SAFETY STORY (NEAR MISS OR CLOSE CALL)

    • WINNER
      • Registered Nurses on 5 Cathcart/Schiedt (Medical-Surgical Unit), Pennsylvania Hospital
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • The PAR (Patient At Risk) Bundle Team, Pennsylvania Hospital
      • Monitor Technician Department, UPMC Community Osteopathic

    8.     TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    • WINNER
      • Nursing Leadership and Education, Physicians, EPIC Team, Patient Safety, and Library Staff, UPMC Carlisle and Central Pennsylvania Hospitals
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Central Sterile Processing Department — UPMC Hamot
      • Rosanna Catania-Venuto, MSN, RN  — Chester County Hospital

And this years' two new categories:

    9.    SEPSIS

    • WINNER
      • Emergency Department Team, Dr. Christopher Stromski & and Ryan Kloss, St Luke’s Allentown
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • WellSpan Health Sepsis Team, WellSpan Health
      • Dr. Jaber Monla-Hassan, Dr. Robert Czincila, Kim Mikula, Kim Vitelli, Olivia Johnson, Scott Urbinati, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

    10.   TIME-OUTS

    • WINNER
      • The Pre-Procedure Time-Out Taskforce, Pennsylvania Hospital
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Radiology Department, Chester County Hospital
      • The Allegheny Health Network Perioperative Education Team, Allegheny Health Network

    Judging

     

    Judging criteria

     

     

    Judges select individuals and teams from nominations, submitted by healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania and throughout the country, for their individual and/or team commitment to imprving patient safety.

    • Evident commitment to patient safety
    • Focus on high-level changes (for example, barriers and forced functions) and replicability
    • Indicative of strong patient safety culture in the facility
    • Initiative taken by individual/group

    Past Winners

    2021 Patient Safety Winners 

    2020 Patient Safety Winners 

    2019 Patient Safety Winners

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