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St. Joseph Honored for Safety Project

July 1, 2019

In May, St. Joseph was recognized for the Best Culture of Safety Improvement Initiative at the annual Catholic Health Services (CHS) Pinnacle Award conference. Hospital-wide training focused on error prevention and reporting, the creation of better channels for communication and the transfer of knowledge. As a result, St. Joseph saw a 44.7% increase in reported events and a 103% increase in “good catches”, indicating the recognition of potential harm events before they reach patients. The frequency of serious safety events decreased more than 64% between 2017 and 2018. In addition, St. Joseph saw year-on-year improvements in all 12 categories in the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Culture of Safety Survey, and all categories rose above the New York State Partnership for Patients mean, with 8 of 12 above the national mean. 

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L-R: CHS Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, congratulated Barbara A. Smith, RN, LNC, and Allison Lamardo, MSHS, who accepted the award on behalf of St. Joseph from Stephen McLoughlin, a member of the CHS Board of Directors.