From Environmental Services to Police and Security, from the Endoscopy Unit, to Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine to the Emergency Department, patient safety comes in many forms, from many departments. Physicians, nurses, residents, administrative staff and technicians are among those who play a part in patient safety, and who were honored and celebrated as 2017 Patient Safety Stars at an appreciation breakfast March 15.

Forty-three MGHers from more than 20 departments were recognized at the eighth annual event for their commitment to patient safety within the hospital. Nominated by their peers, the Patient Safety Stars demonstrate extraordinary dedication and efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH. Their commitment stretches beyond the walls of the hospital – speaking up for safety not only on the floors of the Ellison, Blake and White buildings, but at Danvers Ambulatory Care, Back Bay HealthCenter and the Charlestown Navy Yard.

“Our patient safety stories continue each and every day throughout the year,” said Jana B. Deen, RN, JD, senior director of Patient Safety in the Center for Quality and Safety. “Never hesitate to share those stories and stand up for patient safety as our 2017 stars have done. Congratulations and thank you to all.”

The celebration of the Patient Safety Stars was part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18. Lectures and panel presentations were hosted throughout the week, focusing on various ways to recognize and improve patient safety. Among the events were two presentations by keynote speaker James P. Bagian, MD, PE, directory of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan, on March 14.

“As I was driving to work through on the day of the Nor’easter I wondered how we would do with attendance. To my delight, the O’Keeffe Auditorium was packed for the 8 am Grand Rounds with Dr. Bagian,” said Elizabeth Mort, MD, senior vice president of Quality and Safety and chief quality officer. “It is clear that patient safety is something everyone at the hospital continues to care deeply about, even while a huge snowstorm was upon us.”

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