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  I AM PATIENT SAFETY Achievement Awards

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 at the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) invite hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, birthing centers, abortion facilities, long-term care facilities, and physician offices to submit nominations of individuals or teams who have made a difference in patient safety.

We are happy to announce three new award categories.

  • Conquering COVID-19: This category allows us to honor the frontline heroes, leaders, and administrators fighting the pandemic.
  • Nationwide Warriors: While these awards are typically reserved for Pennsylvania residents, we are expanding the nomination criteria to recognize an individual or a group from outside the Commonwealth.
  • Physician Offices: Patient safety is not limited to acute or long-term care facilities. These outpatient clinics play an important role in preventing harm.





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

Award Categories

    1.    AMBULATORY SURGERY FACILITY separately licensed in Pennsylvania

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced surgical safety
    • Examples include improving the time-out process, involving patients in an improvement project, and developing an innovative intervention to prevent surgical site infections

    2.     CONQUERING COVID-19

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who made an impact fighting the pandemic
    • Examples include providing exceptional frontline care, developing surveillance strategies, creating innovative care practices, and establishing successful prevention techniques


    • The winner will be an individual or a team who demonstrated an extraordinary consideration for a patient’s physical or mental well-being
    • Examples include utilizing patient/family input to effect change, integrating patient/family perspectives into care practices, and developing innovative risk-stratification processes to identify high-risk patients


    • The winner will be an individual or a team who enhanced the diagnostic process or made considerable effort to reduce diagnostic error
    • Examples include improving patient/family communication around the diagnostic process; expanding the diagnostic team with nonproviders, e.g., nurses, therapists, techs, and patients; crafting technological solutions to reduce misdiagnosis; and improving the diagnosis and management of a medical condition


    • The winner will be an individual who made a significant impact on a patient or their facility
    • Examples include taking steps to provide exceptional patient care, providing a heartfelt moment for a patient/colleague, creating a fun/innovative care environment, and stories that makes you say “Wow!”

    6.     LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY separately licensed

    • The winner will be an individual or a team who advanced patient safety at a long-term care facility within Pennsylvania
    • Examples include identifying and communicating a safety concern, initiating a new program/process to prevent infections, involving residents in a patient safety initiative, and reducing the rate of a healthcare-associated infection or other safety-related metric


    • Near misses are circumstances that could have caused patient harm but did not
    • The winner will be in individual or a team who intervened before an injury occurred.
    • Examples include reporting an event catalyzed facility-wide change, implementing a new inspection process following equipment failure, and identifying a potentially catastrophic situation


    • The winner will be an individual or a team who improved transparency to advance patient safety
    • Examples include demonstrating commitment to transparency by leadership, broadly disseminating lessons learned from an event, designing and implementing a new process to link disclosure and system improvement, and employing an integrated team approach to safety and transparency


    • Open to any individual or team in the United States
    • The winner will be an individual or a team who went above and beyond to advance patient safety, developed innovative harm reduction strategies, or created a nurturing care environment for their patients


    • Open to Pennsylvania medical offices independently licensed or part of a larger health system
    • The winner will be an individual or team who demonstrated the importance of patient safety in the physician office setting

Past Winners

2020 Patient Safety Winners 

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