National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-16, and a week-long program of events will highlight employees’ role in keeping patients safe.


  • March 12, 8-10 am, East Garden Room: To kick it all off, a breakfast will be held to honor the 2018 Patient Safety Stars – those MGHers who have shown an extraordinary commitment to keeping patients safe.
  • 1 - 2 pm, A webcast will be offered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation entitled, Engaging Patients and Providers: Speaking Up for Patient Safety.
  • March 13, 8 - 9 am, O’Keeffe Auditorium: Pediatric Grand Rounds, Overcoming Communication Barriers in Difficult Situations: A Patient Safety Imperative, will be presented by Jo Shapiro, MD, director of the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. 
  • March 14, 2 - 3 pm, O’Keeffe Auditorium: Patient Care Services will host an Anatomy of Safety Event session, Managing Disruptive Patients: Promoting Staff and Patient Safety. Presenters will review clinical narratives and strategies to promote safe and effective care.
  • March 15, noon - 1 pm, O’Keeffe Auditorium: Carol Haraden, PhD, an internationally recognized patient safety expert and senior faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will present the keynote speech, Safety as a System Property.
  • March 16, noon - 1 pm, Bigelow 4 Amphitheatre: To wrap up the week, Lakshman Swamy, MD, MBA, a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellow at Boston Medical Center, will present a keynote speech, The Promise and Perils of Patient Safety.
  • March 12 and 16, White Lobby: The Center for Quality and Safety team will host information tables to provide information for patients, visitors and employees about what the MGH does to keep patients safe.

This article was originally published in the 03/09/18 Hotline issue.