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The Patient Safety Authority (PSA) is proud to recognize the winners of the I AM Patient Safety 2024 Achievement Awards. We are grateful for their inspiring and life-changing accomplishments in patient safety in the last year.

Judges selected nine winners and 18 runners-up from individuals and teams from 130 nominations, submitted by 74 healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania and from around the United States, for their individual and/or team commitment to improving patient safety. Nominees were evaluated for:

  • Evident commitment to patient safety
  • Focus on training and education
  • Indicative of strong patient safety culture in the facility
  • Initiative taken by individual/group

In addition to the nine juried awards, PSA Executive Director Regina Hoffman, MBA, RN, selected a Choice Award winner for special recognition.​

The PSA thanks everyone who submitted a nomination. If you know an individual or group who should be recognized for their patient safety efforts, please nominate them for the 2024 I AM Patient Safety contest during the next nomination period.​

​​Winners


2024 IAPS Executive Director's Choice Award winner, Nikki Verkdeeren and the Pharmacy Team, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network Executive Director’s Choice Award


2024 IAPS Ambulatory Care Surgery Award Winners Penn Medicine  ​Ambulatory Care/Surgery Award ​


2024 IAPS Improving Diagnosis Award Winner  ​Improving Diagnosis​​


2024 IAPS Individual Impact (Going Above and Beyond) Award winner​  ​​Individual Impact


2024 Long-Term Care Facility Award Winner  Long Term Care Facility Award


2024 IAPS Physician Offices Award Winner  Physician-Offices-Award


2024 IAPS Safety Story Award winner​  ​​Safety Story Award


2024 IAPS Sepsis Award winner  ​​Sepsis Award


2024 IAPS Time-Outs Award winner  Time-Outs Award


2024 IAPS Transparency and Safety Award winners Transparency and Safety in Healthcare​ Award

​Runne​rs-Up

Ambulatory Care/Surgery Facility
  • ​Einstein Endoscopy Center Blue Bell
    ​Jefferson Health
  • ​Randi Shupp, PA-C
    Lehigh Valley Health Networkm-Tilghman

IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS

  • The Center for Diagnostic Leadership Team: Dan Hyman, MD, Kathy Shaw, MD, Eileen Ware, MSN, RN, Meghan Galligan, MD, Cara Jefferies, MSN, RN, Irit Rasooly, MD, Jill Krause, MD, Morgan Cogdon, MD, and Rich Scarfone, MD,
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Emergency Department, Emergency Department Registration, and Cardiology Department EKG Techs
    ​Saint Vincent​

INDIVIDUAL IMPACT- GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

  • Chelsea​ Johns, RDN, CDCES
    Hamilton Health Center
  • Ruchi O’Reilly, MSN, RN
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY

  • Georgina Philbin, RN
    ​Willow Brooke Court Skilled Care Center at Brittany Pointe Estates
  • Theresa Bush, RN, Stephanie Nemeth, RN, Nicole Sokolowska, Emily Kielar, Princy Vaidyan, RN, Heidi Burk, and Dr. Neal Mermelstein
    ​Juniper Village at Bucks County Rehabilitation and Skilled Care

PHYSICIAN OFFICES​

  • Medical Oncology Department: Jill Ranochak, RN, Maggie Spaeder-Hodges, RN, Danielle Klingerman, RN, and Valerie Dietz
    Jefferson Einstein Montgomery Hospital​

  • Lindsay Liggett
    WellSpan Franklin ENT

SAFETY STORY (NEAR MISS OR CLOSE CALL)

  • Lyndsay Horwedel, BSN, RN, Olivia Johnson, PharmD, Kelly Romano, and Carlos Ayala
    Jefferson Einstein Montgomery

  • Emergency Response Team,
    WVU Medicine–Uniontown Hospital

SEPSIS

  • Sepsis Improvement Team
    Regional Hospital of Scranton, Commonwealth Health

  • Emergency Department
    Grove City Hospital

TIME-OUTS

  • Joanne Braswell
    Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
  • ​Abbe Seidel, RN
    Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest

TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

  • Magdalena Moyer
    Penn State Health St. Joseph - Cancer Centerk
  • ​UPMC West Shore Surgical Services and Executive Leaders
    UPMC West Shore​

​Past Winners