QUALITY CARE: Mort congratulates MGH Safety Star Robert Dorman, physical therapist.
Sandra Hession, RN, a nurse in the Gastrointestinal Unit, was surprised when she received a congratulatory email notifying her that she’d been selected as an MGH Patient Safety Star. “It was extremely nice,” said Hession, who has worked at the MGH for 34 years. “I think patient safety is at the top of everyone’s mind.”
Hession was one of 54 employees named as Safety Stars, honored for their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH. During the third annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation Breakfast March 7, each of the attending honorees was called to the front of the East Garden Dining Room where their nomination was read aloud. They were then presented with a framed certificate.
“The work you do is amazing,” said Elizabeth Mort, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety and associate chief medical officer. “Your extraordinary work has addressed many of the safety issues I worry about, and it’s great to know the Safety Stars are right on target.”
The ceremony was one of several events held in honor of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4 through 10. Throughout “the week that lasts all year,” staff frequented informational tables in the White, Yawkey and Wang lobbies to pick up materials on subjects including health care proxies and disability awareness. MGH Imaging Safety also hosted several educational presentations, with guest speakers addressing a wide variety of topics – including the HAVEN (Hospitals Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) program, interpreter service options and radiation reduction measures.
“Advancing patient safety is truly a partnership among clinicians, patients and their families, based on open communication and all involved doing their part for every patient, every time,” said Lela Holden, PhD, RN, patient safety officer for the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety.
The celebration concluded with a keynote presentation by Elizabeth Rafferty, MD, director of breast imaging, on
tomosynthesis, the three-dimensional mammogram technology pioneered at the MGH that improves breast cancer detection.
“Tomosynthesis contributes to patient safety by decreasing the structure noise, or overlapping tissue. Like flipping through the pages of a book, the radiologist is able to look at one page at a time instead of seeing the whole breast reduced to a single frame, as is the case with standard mammography,” said Rafferty.
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