Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center always puts patient safety first. That is why we are joining the many other healthcare organizations across the nation to celebrate and recognize National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18. Spearheaded by the National Patient Safety Foundation, a central voice for patient safety since 1997, this year’s campaign “United in Safety,” emphasizes the importance that everyone who participates in the healthcare system has a role in keeping patients safe and free from harm. The focus of the campaign is patient engagement and emphasizing the importance of the relationship between providers and patients, as well as their families.
Enhanced communication begins with an informed and engaged patient and helps lead to safer care. Patient Safety Officer Ashley Ives, RN, stated, “Everyone in the healthcare process plays a vital role in delivering safer care.” She continued, “By uniting together in that common goal, we at Claxton-Hepburn make a difference in patient safety.” To take patient safety one step farther, the Medical Center is taking part in the “Ask Me 3” program, which encourages patients to become more involved in their care, and enhances communication between patients, their families, and providers. Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, use the Ask Me 3 questions to better understand your health. The three questions are: What is my main problem?, What do I need to do?, and Why is it important for me to do this? Also during the week, a large poster board will be available for employees to sign and show their commitment to patient safety and several behind the scenes staff will be photographed and recognized for their patient safety efforts. All Claxton-Hepburn employees take patient safety seriously because your tomorrow is worth defending. For more information about our patient safety initiatives, contact Ms. Ives at 315-713-5100.
Shown in the photo are some members of Claxton-Hepburn’s Patient Safety Committee. Left to right are Rich Pandel, Kim Holmes, Amy Wright, Ives, Janice Rogers, Carol Lytle, Timothy Lalonde, Mary Ellen Judware, Roberta Taylor, Carolyn Gordon, Greg Guimond, Michael Beldock, Daniel Steele, and Nate Howell, president and CEO.