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Mendota Community Hospital Joins Nationwide Effort
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March 12, 2012

City, State, March 12, 2012 – In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Mendota Community Hospital participated in the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Be Aware for Safe Care.  This is the third year that MCH has been involved in “hands-on” activities for patients and employees.   Patient Safety Awareness Week was held        last week, March 4-10, 2012, and is an annual, National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) led education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety.  Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff.

This year’s theme: “Be Aware for Safe Care” focuses on the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety, the efforts being made to improve it, and the role that every person can play to help make those changes here at MCH, across the country, and worldwide.   

 All week long Mendota Community Hospital engaged staff, patients and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety. The campaign is seeking to make patients, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety. While efforts of the past decade have brought improvements, recent studies indicate that much work remains to be done—and can be done most effectively through the involvement of all parties.

 Some of the activities held during the week at MCH included a Team Jeopardy game which reinforced employees’ knowledge of policies and procedures set up for the safety of the hospital’s patients.  Patient and family educational materials were distributed throughout the hospital.  A Patient Safety Staff Challenge was issued whereby all employees were invited to identify a patient safety issue that needed to be addressed at MCH which involved their job or department.  The employee was asked to put a team together to develop a complete plan to address the problem that was centered around a patient story.  Teams created storyboards pictorially displaying their problem and solution which were on display at MCH throughout the week culminating in a short public presentation of their team’s safety concern on Wednesday evening, March 7.  Judges awarded prizes to the teams based on the following criteria:  compelling story, presentation, comprehensive written plan with goals, return on investment, and professionalism and overall impact.

 “Be Aware for Safe Care” emphasizes the fact that safety issues impact everyone. “The more we work together to promote patient safety, the more we all benefit from a safe healthcare system,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president, National Patient Safety Foundation. NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

 If you would like more information about the National Patient Safety Foundation visit www.npsf.org