I AM Patient Safety 2024

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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
      • Nikki Verkleeren and the Pharmacy Team, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network

    1.    ​AMBULATORY CARE/SURGERY FACILITY

    • ​WINNER
      • ​Staff at Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge, Tower Health
    • ​​RUNNERS-UP
      • ​Einstein Endoscopy Center Blue Bell, Jefferson Health
      • ​Randi Shupp, PA-C, Lehigh Valley Health Networkm-Tilghman
​    2.    ​​IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS

    • ​​​ WINNER
      • Jessica Schumann, DO, Parmjyot Singh, DO, Neophytos Zambas, DO, Benjamin Slovis, MD, MA, and Jaclyn King, MS, RT, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • 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, Rich Scarfone, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
      • Emergency Department, Emergency Department Registration, and Cardiology Department EKG Techs, Saint Vincent

     3.     ​INDIVIDUAL IMPACT- GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

    • ​WINNER
      • Dawn Goodwin and Shamaine McGlone, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Chelsea Johns, RDN, CDCES, Hamilton Health Center
      • Ruchi O’Reilly, MSN, RN, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

     4.     LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY

    • Winner
      • Patients at Risk Committee Members: Rosie Minniti, Senida Nuhanovic, Angela Wright, Jodie Roese, Suzanne Sawicky, Sarah Leuch, Jillian Wagner, DJ Turner, Brianna Houck, RN, and Dina Alexander, Providence Point, Baptist Senior Family
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Georgina Philbin, RN, Willow Brooke Court Skilled Care Center at Brittany Pointe Estates
      • Juniper Bucks Skilled Nursing Rehab: Theresa Bush, RN, Stephanie Nemeth, RN, Nicole Sokolowska, Emily Kielar, Princy Vaidyan, RN, Heidi Burk, Dr. Neal Mermelstein, Juniper Village at Bucks County Rehabilitation and Skilled Care
    5.    PHYSICIAN OFFICES​

    • WINNER
      • Dr. Mohamed Shitia, Dr. Kevin Colleran, Dr. Arron Wey, and Dr. Shazad Shaikh, Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Scranton​
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • 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

   6.     SAFETY STORY (NEAR MISS OR CLOSE CALL)

    • WINNER
      • The Emeritus Nurse Program, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Lyndsay Horwedel, BSN, RN, Olivia Johnson, PharmD, Kelly Romano, Carlos Ayala, Jefferson Einstein Montgomery
      • Emergency Response Team, WVU Medicine–Uniontown Hospital​

   7.    SEPSIS

    • WINNER
      • Crystal Ratkovsky, CCRN, UPMC Hamot
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Sepsis Improvement Team, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Commonwealth Health
      • Emergency Department, Grove City Hospital 

​    8.   TIME-OUTS

    • WINNER
      • The Department of Surgery, Jefferson Abington Hospital
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Joanne Braswell, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
      • Abbe Seidel, RN, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest

​    9.   TRANSPARENCY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    • WINNER
      • OB/Newborn Patient Safety and Quality Committee, UPMC Hamot
    • RUNNERS-UP
      • Magdalena Moyer, Team Manager, Penn State Health St. Joseph - Cancer Center
      • UPMC West Shore Surgical Services and Executive Leaders, UPMC West Shore

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​Judging

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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

2023 Patient Safety Winners​

2022 Patient Safety Winners​​

2021 Patient Safety Winners ​

2020 Patient Safety Winners​ 

2019 Patient Safety Winners

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