STARS ALIGNED: Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH, senior vice president of Quality and Safety and chief quality officer, left, with Cruz Bari
Nominated by peers for their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH, 50 Patient Safety Stars were honored at the fifth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation Breakfast on March 5 in the East Garden Room. The ceremony, hosted by the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety, was part of a weeklong series of events recognizing National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3 to 7.
“I believe when we work together, we make a difference,” said honoree Mirna Cruz Bari, a unit service associate for Patient Care Services. “I always do my best; I believe it is my job to make the hospital safer.” Cruz Bari, who found a syringe hidden in a patient’s bathroom and alerted the patient’s nurse, was recognized for promoting teamwork and for serving as a reminder of correct clinical staff procedures.
Other Patient Safety Stars included ultrasonographer David Hunt, who works in MGH Imaging. When a biopsy device malfunctioned, Hunt submitted a detailed report that ultimately led to a manufacturer redesign of the device. “It’s nice to be recognized for doing the right thing,” said Hunt.
MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, welcomed guests to the ceremony and thanked all the awardees for their efforts. “I think everyone knows that we have no greater responsibility than to make certain care is as high quality and as safe as possible,” said Slavin.
SAFETY STAR: Mort, right, with Hunt
Other Patient Safety Awareness events included a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pediatrics grand rounds discussion, “What If ... We Never Harmed a Patient: The Journey to a High Reliability Organization,” with keynote speaker Steven Muething, vice president for Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Neurology Department hosted a lecture, “The Patient-Doctor Relationship and End-Of-Life-Care,” with guest speaker Didier Sicard, chairman of the End-of-Life Committee in the French Government.
Throughout the week, posters were on display featuring this year’s theme, “Your Steps to Safer Health Care,” serving to reinforce the role a patient plays in improving safety while at the hospital – such as avoiding falls, preventing infection and being aware of medication safety. MGH staff, patients and visitors also had the opportunity to visit information tables staffed by quality and safety experts.
“Patient Safety Awareness Week reminds us just how much we are doing every day at the MGH to keep our patients safe,” said Millie LeBlanc, RN, patient safety specialist.
Read more articles from the 03/14/14 Hotline issue.