GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL JOINS NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO PROMOTE PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Greenville Regional Hospital has announced its participation in the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Be Aware for Safe Care.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012, is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff.

This year’s theme: “Be Aware for Safe Care” focuses on the need for everyone to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the US and worldwide.

Greenville Regional Hospital will engage staff, patients, and the community through educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety. The campaign seeks to make patients, providers, and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety. While efforts of the past decade have brought improvements, recent studies indicate that much work remains to be done—and can be done most effectively through the involvement of all parties.

“Be Aware for Safe Care” emphasizes the fact that safety issues impact everyone. “The more we work together to promote patient safety, the more we all benefit from a safe healthcare system,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president, National Patient Safety Foundation. NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

“As a proud partner of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Greenville Regional Hospital is excited to announce its participation in Patient Safety Awareness Week,” said Greenville Regional Hospital Interim President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Morris L. Bond.  “The goal of this week is to raise awareness of our patient safety activities and develop lasting partnerships among our staff, patients and our community.

“Greenville Regional Hospital will kick off this week by distributing buttons, posters, table tent cards and patient and family resources throughout the hospital. During the week there will be a number of special activities, including targeted educational outreach to our community and our patients.  We will use this occasion to celebrate our successes, lessons learned and commitment to our patients while creating awareness.

We are proud of the work that each of our staff members do every day to make Greenville Regional Hospital the leading healthcare provider in our community.”

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.

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The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Greenville Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit 42-bed, full-service facility, providing residents of Bond and surrounding counties with inpatient, outpatient, emergency, OB, surgery, physical therapy, and mental health services.  Residential opportunities, including short-term rehabilitative and long-term skilled care, as well as independent senior living options, are available at the 108-bed Fair Oaks Nursing Home, and the Emerald Pointe apartments and town house development.  Physician services include family medicine, cardiology, OB-GYN, sports medicine, nephrology, ears/nose/throat, gastroenterology, oncology, sleep disorders, pulmonary medicine, surgery, and urology.  Founded in 1960, Greenville Regional Hospital is the largest employer in Bond County and is supported by more than 700 members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.