All Children’s Hospital Celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week with Top Expert in Patient Safety

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On March 8-13, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week by spotlighting ongoing efforts to keep patients and heath care providers free from harm.

“From patients and families, to health care providers and other hospital staff, everyone involved in the health care process can make a difference in patient safety.”

On March 8-13, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week by spotlighting ongoing efforts to keep patients and heath care providers free from harm. Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M., a national expert in patient safety and quality who is dedicated to finding ways to make hospitals and health care safer for patients, will visit All Children’s Hospital during the week to meet with frontline staff and host a presentation on safety practices.

“We continue to advance the science of patient safety and prevention of harm, and it is a pleasure to work with my colleagues at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine on these efforts,” said Dr. Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, All Children’s Hospital will also help families and staff identify potential patient safety issues through a scavenger hunt. The hospital will set up an area, designed to look like a patient room, to allow patients, families and staff to seek and find these potential safety hazards.

All Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine continue to focus on improving patient safety and quality, while reducing medical errors. All Children’s Hospital has already made significant steps to improve patient safety and care by establishing a division, comprised of 27 staff members, solely focused on patient safety and quality. This group has implemented several safety initiatives including a daily safety call with staff, from throughout the organization, to discuss safety concerns and help hospital leaders better understand what's happening at the front line, and work proactively to promote the safety of patients, families and staff.

“From patients and families, to health care providers and other hospital staff, everyone involved in the health care process can make a difference in patient safety,” said Brigitta Mueller, M.D., vice president of medical affairs and chief safety officer. “It’s especially important for parents to take action, speak up and ask questions regarding their child’s medical care and partner with health care workers to deliver safe care.”

About All Children’s Hospital
All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast and a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, ranking in the top 50 in three specialty areas. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children’s is dedicated to advancing children’s health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. Programs that include a Clinical and Translational Research Organization, pediatric biorepository and a new pediatric residency program are driving innovation in personalized pediatric medicine and child health. A network of 11 outpatient care centers in eight counties along with affiliate programs at regional hospitals makes All Children’s a leading provider of care for Florida’s children.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic health care systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. JHM's vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and more than 39 primary and specialty care outpatients sites under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey’s 25-year history, most recently in 2013. For more information about Johns Hopkins Medicine, its research, education and clinical programs, and for the latest health, science and research news, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org.

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