This event honoring Mass General's Patient Safety Stars is an annual touchstone and my favorite day of the year.

Jana Deen, RN, JD
Associate Chief Patient Safety Officer
Five women standing in front of a blue Massachusetts General Hospital banner showing the plaque they received
(Left to right) Margaret (Peggy) Settle, RN, PhD, NE-BC; Carolyn Bleiler, RN, MSN; Kim Francis, Ph.D, RN, PHCNS-BC; Arlene Kelleher, MS, RN, NE-BC; Lori Pugsley, RN, BSN, Med; Phoebe Yager, MD.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, we focus on patient safety every day and with every patient encounter, but every year during National Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW), we pause to celebrate Patient Safety Stars—individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to advance patient and staff safety.

Since 2010, Mass General has taken time during PSAW to honor more than 450 individuals as Patient Safety Stars. Awardees have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment through the year to making patient care safer and more effective. This year, we honored 10 teams and 35 individuals as stars. The awards were presented at a breakfast held on March 11, 2019 to kick off a week of activities designed to raise awareness of safety issues and to recognize the commitment of Mass General staff members to improving patient care.

Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Mass General, and Elizabeth Mort, MD, senior vice president of the Center for Quality and Safety at Mass General and the Mass General Physicians Organization, joined other leaders in congratulating the awardees and celebrating their commitment to patient safety.

Teams from pediatrics received four of the 10 Patient Safety Star team awards presented during Patient Safety Awareness Week. Keeping our patients safe from infections is always a priority. Our pediatric units—the PICU, NICU, and Ellison 17 & 18—all implemented practices to prevent these infections and went CLABSI-free for over 365 days!