The Authority Recognizes Pennsylvania Healthcare Workers for their Commitment to Patient Safety
Harrisburg, Pa., March 9, 2017 – Each year, the Pennsylvania Patient
Safety Authority highlights individuals or teams from Pennsylvania healthcare
facilities for exhibiting a personal commitment to patient safety.
This year’s 14 individual winners or teams,
chosen from 184 nominations, were selected according to criteria that include a
strongly described and discernible impact, an evident commitment to patient
safety, a strong patient-safety culture, and a noticeable initiative in regards
to patient safety efforts.
From actions lending to safer medication
processes and decreases in healthcare-acquired infections, to efforts resulting
in better surgical outcomes and improvements in patient-safety culture, each
story reveals a responsiveness to patient safety deserving of recognition.
“While patient safety is a national
priority in healthcare, the stories of healthcare workers who have exhibited an
exceptional commitment to patient safety can go unheard. The Authority is proud
to create the opportunity for those stories to be heard and for those
individuals to be celebrated each year,” says the Authority’s executive
director, Regina Hoffman.
The Authority publicly recognizes
each winner leading up to Patient Safety Awareness Week
2017 (March 12-18), through
social media campaigns, individualized posters, and a formal award ceremony at
the Authority’s March Board Meeting, to be held March 16, 2017.
“This year marks our fourth annual I Am Patient
Safety contest, and the participation from healthcare facilities has increased
over the years. Our hope is that while the Authority continues to educate
healthcare workers to help prevent the issues that can go wrong in patient
safety, that we always find a way to highlight what goes right,” says Hoffman.
Read all 14 stories from this year’s I Am
Patient Safety contest.
About the Pennsylvania Patient Safety
Authority: The Authority was
established under Act 13 of 2002, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of
Error (“MCARE”) Act, as an independent state agency. The Authority is charged
with taking steps to reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems
and recommending solutions that promote patient safety. For more information
about the Authority, please visit our website at www.patientsafetyauthority.org or call 717-346-0469.