During the week of March 3, Wabash County Hospital will participate with the Indiana Hospital Association and other Indiana hospitals to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week and honor a statewide commitment to collectively work together as a health care community to provide the safest care possible. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has joined this effort by proclaiming March 3-9, 2013, as Patient Safety Awareness Week in the state of Indiana.
Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year’s Patient Safety 7/365 theme highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety year-round.
“Patient Safety 7/365 reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and dedicated effort, 365 days a year. This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between not only our health care organization, but also other hospitals, providers and consumers. The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo,” Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, WCH President & CEO, said.
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. Wabash County Hospital supports collaboration and has joined together with area hospitals to participate in a regional patient safety coalition, INEPSCO – Region 3.
The INEPSCO – Region 3 is one of 11 regional patient safety coalitions in Indiana, led by the Indiana Hospital Association’s Indiana Patient Safety Center. The goal of these coalitions is to forge a bond between hospitals on patient safety, driven by evidence-based practices to markedly improve the quality of care. Hospitals participating in the regional patient safety coalitions operate under the key principle that “we do not compete on patient safety.” Every hospital in the state now has access to a regional coalition to promote leadership and front-line staff engagement in safety improvements.
“Patient safety and the quality of care in our hospitals remains a primary focus of the Indiana Hospital Association and our 11 regional patient safety coalitions that blanket the state,” said Betsy Lee, director, Indiana Patient Safety Center. “Indiana hospitals continue to reach patient safety milestones and find ways to improve the care their patients receive.”