St. Joseph Honored for Safety Project
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.
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.